White Chocolate Pie Made with Chips Ahoy!

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White Chocolate Pie Made with Chips Ahoy!

Don't forget the pie—a dessert classic with endless possibilities.

Pies are piping hot, with trend predictors calling them out as one of the biggest movers on the trend scale. The new cupcake! The new moon pie! Our take? They've always been hot. Pies are classic comfort food, moving in and out of season and occasion with grace. Rhubarb pie heralds spring. Pumpkin pie cues the holidays. And chocolate pie? Or banana cream pie? They trumpet all that is good and right in the world.

Our chefs suggest that your pie offerings—like any other dishes in today's culinary landscape—need to keep pace with today's diner. "From appetizer to dessert, diners are demanding new, interesting, exciting flavour combinations," says Ryan Baxter, senior executive research and development chef at Kraft Foodservice. "That's how our team approaches recipe development—menu distinction, ease of execution and dishes that eat well."

Behind the Recipes

Cherry Cheesecake Pie

Other profiles – switch out cherry filling for apple-pie filling or blueberry filling

For diners vacillating between pie and cheesecake—give them both! This cheesecake pie brings the wonderful pairing of cherry and almond together in a delicious layered profile. Chef Mitchell tops a graham-cracker crust with almond cream, then adds a creamy, rich layer of cheesecake batter made with Philadelphia Cream Cheese, then dotted and swirled with cherry-pie filling. This dessert scores points through a familiar, popular profile, but presented in a memorable, unique way.

Peanut Butter & Banana Tartlets

Garnishing tip: cut the bananas on the bias, so you have longer slices to lay over the top of the tarts

"Peanut butter and bananas are a classic comfort food flavour combination," says Chef Mitchell. These mini banana cream pies offer a fun, nostalgic twist with a peanut-butter crust (graham cracker crumbs, butter, sugar, Kraft Peanut Butter). To build out the profile, Chef Mitchell adds sliced bananas, then Jell-O Vanilla Instant Pudding & Pie Filling, then whipped cream. Caramelized banana finishes these beautiful tartelettes.

Pineapple Upside-Down Cheesecake Pie

Other profile – switch out pineapple with apple, peach, apricot or pear

Everyone loves the caramelized gooeyness that pineapple upside-down cakes deliver. This one adds the creamy richness of cheesecake underneath, adding 'wow' factor and that all-important menu distinction.

White Chocolate Pie

Other profiles – make into individual pies or tarts, breaking the white-chocolate shards into smaller pieces

This pie breaks the mold with a fun profile and a sophisticated white-chocolate/vanilla-cream filling. An easy-to-make pie crust stands out with crushed chocolate chip cookies. The velvety filling sees Jell-O Vanilla Instant Pudding and Pie Filling and white chocolate. Prepared Dream Whip topping billows over the filling. "Your diners will remember the presentation, and it's so easy to do," says Chef Mitchell. Shards of white chocolate studded with chocolate-chip cookie pieces jut out from the cream-pie cloud, adding drama and texture to the plate.

Triple-Layer Mud Pie

Other profiles—use 3-inch pastry rings for individual desserts; add a layer of fudge to the pie

"This is a grown-up version of ice-cream pies," says Chef Mitchell. "Chocolate and coffee go well together." She layers coffee ice cream over a pie crust made with chocolate cookie crumbs, chocolate ice cream, chocolate cookie pieces and whipped cream.

Peaches & Cream Hand Pie

Other profile—substitute fresh strawberries for the peaches and use fresh basil in place of thyme

Pie's fun, portable answer to the mini dessert trend? Hand pies. We're seeing them on food trucks, in bakeries and at independents across the country. Our version sees a moon-shaped pie filled with fresh peaches, fresh thyme, lemon zest, sugar and Philadelphia Cream Cheese. A fun caramel dipping sauce finishes the profile.

Move Over Happy Hour…It's Pie Hour!

Manhattan's Hill Country Chicken is known for its fried chicken and down-home comfort food, including its pies. Taking advantage of the happy-hour philosophy and in an effort to increase traffic during a typically quiet time in all-day restaurants, the restaurant offers a pie happy hour every day from 4 to 6 p.m. From Bourbon Pecan and Lemon Meringue to Double Cherry and Whisky Buttermilk, diners can order by the slice ($5) or 3-inch pie cup ($3). Each comes with a free cup of coffee and second helpings at half price.

Learn more at http://www.hillcountrychicken.com/

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