Monday, May 19, 2014

Birthday Pie....Oh My!

Yesterday was Kaylee's birthday.  My oldest baby is now 11.  It's crazy how the time flies.  This little girl has been with me through so much.  I realized something Saturday though.  Many people get depressed because their kids are growing up, or that they are getting old.  That's not what upsets me.  It upsets me that as each year passes that means that I'm another year closer to her leaving for college.  Another year closer to her leaving me.

And I'm going to stop right there.  I'm starting to tear up just thinking about it and trying to type while crying isn't exactly easy.  But, in this house, we don't do normal birthdays.  When it comes to birthdays we kinda march to a different drum.  My kids know that birthday desserts aren't just limited to cake.  They know that anything that can have a candle stuck on it is acceptable.  For past birthdays I've made ice cream cakes, brownies, watermelon cakes, and trifles.  This year Kaylee decided on a birthday pie.  A chocolate mousse birthday pie to be specific.  I used a fat free cookie crust, did a layer of chocolate ganache on the bottom and filled it with chocolate Dream Whip mousse.

For the cookie crust
2.75 cups flour
.75 cups cocoa powder
1 t baking powder (optional)
.5 cup applesauce
.5 cup plain fat free Greek yogurt
egg substitute equivalent to 2 eggs
1 - 1.75 cups sugar
2 t vanilla


  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Place flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and sugar in a mixing bowl.  Stir to combine.  {You'll know it's well combined when it's all one color}
  3. In a separate bowl whisk together applesauce, greek yogurt, egg substitute and vanilla.
  4. Pour applesauce mixture into flour mixture.  It should form a doughy ball.
  5.  Grease a pie pan or large baking dish
  6. Using cocoa powder, "flour" a cutting board and roll out the dough into about a 1/4" thick piece that will cover your pie pan. {If dough is too sticky knead a little more cocoa powder into it before rolling it out}
  7. Lay dough in pan and cut to fit.
  8. Using a fork prick holes in the pie dough {this is so it doesn't rise as much as it bakes}
  9. Bake for 16-20 minutes until done.
Chocolate Ganache Layer
1 cup chocolate chips
.25 cup skim milk

  1. Bring milk to a boil
  2. Pour on top of chocolate chips
  3. Stir until melted and combined
  4. Pour in pie shell and refrigerate until hardened
For the filling
2 envelopes Dream Whip
2 (4 serving) packages of any flavor Jello pudding mix
2.75 cup skim milk
.5 t vanilla

  1. Mix Dream Whip with 1 cup of milk and vanilla in bowl of mixer
  2. Beat on high speed for 6 minutes until peaks form
  3. Add milk and pudding mix
  4. Mix on medium, then beat on high for 2 minutes
  5. Fill pie shell
If you leave off the ganache this pie is fat free.  So, are the people in your house traditional birthday cake people or nontraditional birthday dessert people?  What are your favorite birthday desserts?

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