Sunday, March 11, 2012

Pistachio Pudding Pie with a Sweet & Salty Pretzel Crust


Tonight was the first night in like 6 or 7 days that my husband wasn't working during dinner time. It was wonderful to have him here with us so, to celebrate, I made him and the kids Pistachio pudding pies, complete with a sweet and salty pretzel crust and served in a jar, none the less. According to Judah, it was the "best pie ever!". It's so nice to have a sweet three year old who boosts my confidence (that is, when I'm not dealing with normal three year old behavior and second guessing my mothering abilities). Anyway, I thought I'd share the recipe here, just in case anyone in bloggy land is looking for a cute St. Patty's day treat. 

When I originally thought of making a pudding pie in a jar, I had planned on making a homemade graham cracker crust but, tonight when I started cooking, I realized that we didn't have any graham crackers. Improvise is what I did and this crust recipe that I made up did the trick. Don't you love how improv-cooking  just works sometimes? I do. 

Here's what you need:
Crust
2/3 cup crushed pretzels
1 cup flour
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup margarine
approx. 5 tablespoons very cold water

1 box instant pistachio pudding
3/4 cup heavy whipping cream
3 tablespoons white sugar to sweeten the whipped cream

To make the crust, first crush you pretzels in a zip lock bag. I set my bag on the floor and banged on it with a meat mallet. Totally works. 
In a medium sized bowl, stir together the crushed pretzel, flour and brown sugar. Use a pastry cutter to mix in the margarine (or butter). Add the cold water and use your hands to work it into a dough.
 Wash your mason jars, spray them with non-stick cooking spray and the press the pie crust into the jars.
Set the jars on a cookie sheet and bake in a preheated 375 degree oven for about 15 minutes.

After the jars come back out of the oven, make the pistachio pudding according to the directions on the package. Pour the pudding over the Sweet and Salty Pretzel Crust and stick the jars in the fridge. Whip up the whipped cream until it has nice, soft peaks. Stir the sugar into the whipped cream and then use a spoon to pile it on top of the pudding. Chill the Pies in a Jar until you are ready to serve them. 



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So, what are your plans for St. Patrick's Day? Do you have any special traditions?

Angela
This post might be linked up with some of my favorite craft and cooking parties. 

8 comments:

  1. THANKS FOR POSTING THIS I LIKE THE WAY YOU DECORATED THE JARS...MAKES IT VERY FESTIVE. THE RECIPE LOOKS EASY AND VERY GOOD!
    SO NICE THAT YOU COULD CELEBRATE LIKE THIS WITH YOUR FAMILY!!

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  2. This looks delicious! I think pistachio pudding is probably my favorite pudding ever.

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  3. How many jars does this fill?

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    1. Liz, I made my jars with large serving sizes and it filled 4. You could make more crust or use more pudding mixes depending how much you want to make. I did a thick layer of crust, a lot of pudding and a large amount of whipped cream per jar.

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  4. Hi Angela, This is a great recipe! I love-love-love pistachio!!! I don't have any jars so I think I'll try it in a my 9" pie plate. I can't wait!

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    1. Hi Tonia! I'm sure it'll totally work for you to make this in your pie plate. Enjoy!

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  5. Thanks so much for linking up at Live Laugh Linky! Hope to see you again this week :)

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