Day three of 12 Days of Oscar brings us the third and final installment in the “Honorable Mention” category, for films that have never received an Oscar, or an Oscar nomination. The 2007 film Waitress won several awards, but none from the Academy. The film also won over hearts of audiences everywhere by featuring Jenna’s (Kerri Russell) delicious pies.
Jenna works at Joe’s Pie Diner, where she is responsible for making inventive pies, which she titles after her life events. She makes such concoctions as “I Hate My Husband Pie,” “I Don’t Want Earl’s Baby Pie,” and the beloved “Marshmallow Mermaid Pie.” Moviegoers were given promotional cards, containing several recipes for pies shown in the movie. I was originally drawn to the “I Hate My Husband Pie,” which is described by Jenna as making a bittersweet chocolate pudding, “don’t sweeten it, . . . drown it in caramel.” I decided instead on “Falling in Love Chocolate Mousse Pie” because I liked the sentiment a little more.
The mousse filling for this pie is light and delicious. It does take some planning ahead, as you need to make sure the crust is completely chilled (if making your own crust), and chill the chocolate mixture. The finished pie must then be chilled for 4 hours before serving. I guarantee it’s worth the effort.
Falling in Love Chocolate Mousse Pie
9 inch baked pastry shell (you can use store-bought, I used the crust recipe here)
1 14 oz. can condensed milk
2/3 cup water
1 4-serving size box cook and serve chocolate pudding mix
1 1 oz. piece of unsweetened chocolate
2 cups whipping cream, stiffly whipped
In a large saucepan, combine condensed milk, water and pudding mix. Mix well.
Add the chocolate.
Over medium heat, cook and stir rapidly until chocolate melts and the mixture thickens.
Remove from the heat and beat until smooth.
Cool, then chill completely.
Fold the whipped cream into the cooled chocolate mixture.
Pour into prepared pie crust.
Chill for 4 hours to set completely before serving.
Makes 1 9-inch pie.
Source: Waitress Movie