French Silk Pie goes the direction of Mexican Hot Chocolate with a touch of Tequila and Cayenne Pepper. This is a fantastic blend of smooth luscious chocolate with just a kick; my FAVORITE PIE!!
Now that Halloween is in our rearview mirror, I can begin in earnest to concentrate on the holidays I anticipate the most with Thanksgiving coming up fast on the horizon. I love everything about the Thanksgiving meal, including the story of the Pilgrims who struggled to survive in this land with hardships we can’t begin to fathom and also taking the time for each person to give thanks for the blessings we share when sitting together at tables groaning with food.
Every year, I’m reminded of Luis, the young high school exchange student from Spain who lived with us one year and who had never experienced a day quite like our Thanksgiving. He very willingly participated in our traditions; after all, it’s a day that consists of eating, drinking, and sports. How hard could that be? We convinced this poor soul that those traditions included the annual Dance of the Turkey.
He was such a good sport about walking through the house with us in a conga line, one hand fashioning a waddle under the chin and the other a tail at the rear, all while singing the song my youngest daughter devised, “I am a turkey, watch me shake my tail feathers as I spin myself around.” I finally had to confess that we made up this tradition just for him, as I’m sure he wondered why something so special to our family had me doubled over with laughter.
I will say that over the years I have had no problem modifying some traditions to better reflect my own personal style. We serve a dish called Creamy Mushroom Bake that may not be a tradition elsewhere, but I could eat the entire dish all by myself and would happily forgo turkey to do so. My daughter and I decided one year to make a “from scratch” version of the traditional Green Bean Casserole, and although it is a bit of work, it is so worth it; we will never revisit cans of soup, green beans or dried onions again!
When it comes to dessert, I’m not exactly a traditionalist there either. I think regular pumpkin pie is a bit boring, so although I will make one for someone who has to have it, I so prefer mixing up our desserts with something tastier. Our dessert table includes a Cranberry Glazed Orange Layer Cake that is not just delicious, but it is also beautiful. Last year, I made a Pumpkin Cheesecake that might have changed my opinion of pumpkin desserts for Thanksgiving; it was anything but boring!
This year, I’m working with Hornitos® over the holiday season, and for our Thanksgiving post we were challenged to include tequila in a Thanksgiving dish. My mainstay turkey recipe is one with bacon and maple syrup, and we love it so much I just couldn’t bear to change it. (I’ll be posting that soon too!) I’ve mentioned our favorite side dishes and neither of those seemed conducive to a tequila boost either.
But dessert? Oh, what a dessert I’ve devised. One of the most surprising cocktails I’ve ever made was a Mexican Hot Chocolate, which combines rich hot chocolate with a splash of tequila and some cayenne pepper; both serve to create a subtly spicy concoction that is just perfect.
I remember vividly when my daughter dropped by a couple of years ago just as I was finishing the photographs for the Mexican Hot Chocolate and I asked her to taste it. I think her initial reaction was to snub her nose at the idea of tequila in a warm cocktail, but at my gentle persuasion (she might say relentless insistence) she took a sip. Honestly, I think her eyes rolled back in her head and she was completely smitten; at that point I had to remind her it was a cocktail and to take it easy!
I think this French Silk Pie with a Mexican Twist would certainly elicit the same response. I enjoyed the Hornitos® Black Barrel Tequila so much in the Black Goblin Cocktail that I prepared for Halloween that I wanted to use it again for this dessert. The distinct flavor profile that results from aging this tequila a second time in charred barrels and a final period in toasted oak barrels where it picks up whiskey notes was perfect when married with chocolate.
I love having an unexpected dessert for Thanksgiving, and trust me; this combination of rich French Silk Pie combined with the flavors of that Mexican Hot Chocolate will be just that. I should call it Nirvana Pie. The same rich taste and mouth feel of the French Silk Pie coupled with a hint of tequila and just enough spice to heat things up. Finished with a whipped cream that has subtle amounts of espresso, tequila, and cayenne, and it is most certainly a surprise—but such a good one.
Can I tell you something I could not imagine saying just two days ago? As much as I have always loved French Silk Pie, this French Silk Pie with a Spicy Mexican Twist wins, hands down. It is simply amazing. With a bit of tequila to sip on the side? Absolutely decadent! You must try it; I promise you won’t be sorry. Cheers!
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