ARCHIVES: Baptist Grasshopper Pie!

Hello! It sure is getting hot here in Indiana… what about a cool, refreshing chilly mint pie? Anyone? Anyone? OK. Well, this pie is called Baptist Grasshopper Pie, not because it’s made from grasshoppers, or Baptists, or Baptist grasshoppers, but because it’s like a traditional grasshopper pie but made without the alcohol, so OK for devout Baptists (or Mormons, for that matter ;-)
But what is a grasshopper pie, you ask? Well, traditionally a Grasshopper pie was a minty chocolate chiffon pie, traditionally flavored with crème de menthe and crème de cacao liqueur, in a chocolate crust. But you can avoid the hassle of the gelatin and egg whites in a chiffon pie by using marshmallows (essentially gelatin and sugar) instead… So if you’re a fan of chocolate mint, but don’t want the alcohol, here is the perfect pie for you. (and for the sake of tradition I’ll include a recipe for the old school grasshopper pie for you booze drinkers out there).
Enjoy!

Baptist Grasshopper Pie
9” Chocolate Cookie crumb crust
30 large marshmallows (or 3 c. small)
½ C. milk
½ TB mint extract
1 TB chocolate extract
1 C. heavy cream
3 drops green food color
in large saucepan completely melt marshmallows in milk over medium heat.
Chill until room temperature. Slowly mix in extracts. In clean bowl, whip cream until stiff peaks form. Gently fold into the marshmallow mixture. Stir in food coloring. Spread into prepared pie crust and refrigerate at least 4 hours.

Traditional Grasshopper Pie: use ¼ cup crème de menthe and 3 TB white crème de cacao in place of the mint and chocolate extracts. Oooooooh so refreshing!