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Chocolate Mousse Holiday Pie

------------------------------CHOCOLATE CRUST------------------------------ 30 ea Chocolate wafers

1/4 c Butter or margarine, melted

2 ts SPICE ISLANDS pure vanilla

-extract --------------------------CHOCOLATE MOUSSE FILLING-------------------------- 2 c (12 oz.) Semi-sweet

-chocolate morsels 1 1/2 c Whipping cream; divided

1 tb SPICE ISLANDS pure vanilla

-extract 1/4 c Powdered sugar

----------------------------------GARNISH---------------------------------- x Whipped cream x Chocolate shavings or curls TO MAKE CRUST: Process chocolate wafers in blender or food processor to make 1 1/2 cups fine crumbs (or place wafers in plastic bag and crush with rolling pin). Combine crumbs with butter and vanilla; stir until blended. Press mixture onto bottom and up sides of 9-inch tart or pie pan. Bake at 375 degrees F. for 10 minutes. Cool on wire rack. TO MAKE FILLING: Microwave chocolate morsels and 1/2 cup whipping cream in microwavable bowl on HIGH (100%) for 1 to 2 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds [Iris' note: IMPT TO DO !!], until melted and smooth. Remove from heat; stir in vanilla. Cool to room temperature. With electric mixer, beat remaining whipping cream on high speed, gradually adding sugar, until soft peaks form. Stir 1/3 whipped cream into chocolate mixture. With rubber spatula, gently fold remaining whipped cream into chocolate mixture. Turn mixture into crust. Chill 3 hours or until set. Garnish with whipped cream and chocolate shavings, if desired. Source: Spice Islands advertisement in Sunday coupon circular, Oct. 1995.







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