"Live and Let Pie," a no-bake James Bond Oreo cream cheese pie
Posted on July 01 2016
Soooo many puns... Pie Another Day. Live and Let Pie. Pie Fall. The Pie Who Shagged Me. Wait, that one's Austin Powers. Well whatever you call it, this one falls under the category "easy, fast, delicious, and awesome" (the holy quadrangle of geeky pie making.) Here's how it's done.
Before I dive in, quick shout out to my friend Tom Belding for suggesting I do a Bond-themed pie, and Morgan Jeske for suggesting the barrel shot. Good calls gents!
This is a no-bake Oreo cheese cake and is sooooper easy to make (even easier if you use a pre-made Oreo pie shell.) This technique can be used with any silhouette design and would be a great quick-n-dirty pie to bring for b-day parties, game nights, TV marathons, what evs!
Time to create:
- 45 min to prep chocolate and paint top design
- 0.5 hours to make the pie bottom
- 20 Oreos
- 1/4 cup butter
- small brick of cream cheese
- half litre of whipping cream
- 1/2 cup icing sugar
- small package of chocolate melts
- 8" pie pan
- mixing bowl
- hand blender
- mixing spoon
- something to smash Oreos with
- fondue pot and small candle, OR muffin tin and small candle
- wax/parchment paper
- printer + masking tape
Note: Because this is a “no-bake pie” you don’t have to worry about exact measurements and fancy chemical reactions - feel free to add a bit more or less of any ingredient to suit your taste!
Step 1 - Smash the Oreos
The first step is the most fun… Smash those Oreos! I placed 20 Oreos in a mixing bowl and used a potato masher to to pulverize, but you could use a pestle or a tenderizing mallet or rolling pin on ziplock bag (or your fists if you are in that sort of mood.)
Don’t remove the Oreo middles! They will help the crust mixture stick together later.
Step 2 - Mix the Oreos with butter
Once your Oreos are a course sand-like consistency, stir in 1/4 cup of melted butter. Mix thoroughly.
Step 3 - Spread the crust in the pie pan
Spread the butter/Oreo mixture inside your 8” pie pan and set aside. If you find you don’t have quite enough coverage or you want a thicker crust, just smash some more Oreos in there.
Note: if you want to skip the first three steps, you could just buy a pre-made Oreo pie crust. But then you'd miss out on the Oreo smashin' fun.
Step 4 - Whip cream for the filling
Filling time! Blend your icing sugar and whipping cream in your mixing bowl (go ahead and use the same bowl you smashed the Oreos in - why make more washing for yourself?) I placed some cling wrap over my mixing bowl so I didn’t get splattered, but feel free to live dangerously.
I use half a cup of icing sugar since the crust is already so sweet, but I've known some folks to use a whole cup. O.o
Do your thing, I won't judge.
Step 5 - Add the cream cheese
Cut small pieces of the cream cheese block into the whip cream bowl and continue to blend until all the lumps are gone.
Step 6 - Spread the filling on the crust
Spread the filling on top of the Oreo crust and swoop your mixing spoon around until the surface looks respectable. Most of this will be covered up by the chocolate topping anyway, so don’t get too anal about it. When you are done, cover in cling wrap and pop the whole pie in the fridge.
Now for the top design…
Step 7 - Prepare the top design
Find a silhouette image you like online and print it out *reversed*. If you have an image editing program you can place the image in an 8” circle before you print, but if not, just draw a circle around it as a guide after you’ve printed. I made the gun barrel shapes hollow just to save on printer ink, but I will still be filling them in with the chocolate.
Step 8 - Prep the chocolate
If you have a little fondue pot, fill it up with melting chocolates and light ‘er up. If you are like me and such things are foreign oddities, securely, prop up a muffin tin lined with tin foil about 4” above a tea light candle on a coaster.
DISCLAIMER: I am not responsible if you burn your house down. Practice tea light common sense! Don't leave this unattended or you will burn in a chocolatey hell-fire. Or slightly scorch your table.
Step 9 - Tape down parchment paper over print out
While the chocolate is melting (this should take about five minutes) tape your printout to the table, then tape a sheet of wax or parchment paper overtop.
Step 10 - Use a toothpick to draw with chocolate
Once the chocolate is melty, use a toothpick as a paintbrush to trace the contours of your printout on the wax paper. Make sure the layer of chocolate is thick enough not to see any paper through.
Step 11 - Blow out the candle, put the sheet in the fridge
When you are finished filling in the shapes with chocolate, blow out your candle, then carefully un-tape the wax paper and place it in the fridge for five minutes.
Step 12 - Transfer the chocolate design to the pie
After five minutes, remove the pie and chocolate sheet from the fridge. If your chocolate painting is thick enough, it should easily pop off the wax paper and you can place the pieces *reversed* on top of your pie. You must move quickly here as the chocolate will get soft the more it is handled outside of the fridge.
When you are finished, put the pie back in the fridge until ready to serve, or if you prefer more of an ice cream texture you can put in the freezer for an hour before serving.
Done! All ready to think of your best James Bond pie pun and impress your friends with delicious Oreo cheesecake awesomeness…
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Thanks for reading, and see you next Wednesday :)
π > ∞
Jessica (aka @ThePieous)