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Caramel Turtle Pie

Have you ever tasted pure bliss in the form of a dessert? Well, let me introduce you to the heavenly creation known as Caramel Turtle Pie! This recipe is an absolute delight for caramel and chocolate lovers alike. The combination of a buttery graham cracker crust, luscious caramel filling, and a generous topping of pecans and chocolate ganache is enough to make any sweet tooth go weak at the knees.

Each bite is a symphony of flavors and textures, with the smooth and creamy caramel perfectly balanced by the crunchy pecans and velvety chocolate. Trust me, this Caramel Turtle Pie will take your taste buds on a joyride they’ll never forget!

Understand Your Ingredients: The quality of your ingredients directly impacts the flavor and texture of your Caramel Turtle Pie. Use high-quality chocolate for the ganache, fresh pecans for a nutty crunch, and real butter for the caramel and crust to ensure rich flavors.

Oreo Crust Tips: For the crust, ensure your Oreo crumbs are finely processed to achieve a uniform texture. A food processor works best for this. The crust should be firmly pressed into the pie pan to prevent it from crumbling when you cut the pie.

Caramel Filling Perfection: Achieving the perfect caramel filling is about precision. Use a candy thermometer to monitor the temperature closely. Cooking the caramel to the specified temperature (220-225 degrees F) ensures it sets properly without becoming too hard or too runny.

Ganache Glossiness: For a smooth and glossy ganache, make sure the heavy cream is hot enough to melt the chocolate chips without overheating. Letting the mixture sit for a couple of minutes before whisking allows the chocolate to gently melt, resulting in a smooth texture.

Toasting Pecans: Toasting the pecans before adding them to the pie brings out their natural oils and enhances their flavor. Spread them on a baking sheet and toast in a 350 degrees F oven for about 5-10 minutes, or until fragrant.

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Pie Assembly: For a clean layering effect, ensure the caramel filling is completely set before adding the chocolate ganache. This prevents the layers from mixing and helps maintain distinct flavors and textures.

Chill Time: Don’t rush the chilling process. The pie needs to be sufficiently chilled to set properly, making it easier to slice. Overnight chilling is ideal, but a minimum of 4 hours should suffice if you’re short on time.

Ingredients Needed for This Recipe

Oreo Cookie Pie Crust

2 cups (268g) Oreo crumbs (about 24 Oreos)
4 tbsp (56g) unsalted butter, melted

Caramel Filling

1 cup (224) unsalted butter
1 cup (224g) packed dark brown sugar
1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
1 tbsp corn syrup, optional but highly recommended

Chocolate Pecan Topping

4 oz (113g | 2/3 cup) semi-sweet chocolate chips
6 tbsp (90ml) heavy whipping cream
¾ cup (84g) chopped pecans, toasted
Caramel sauce, optional

Instructions for Making Caramel Turtle Pie

For the crust:

To begin, heat the oven to 350 degrees F. Next, apply a coating of non-stick spray to a 9-inch pie pan.
Place the Oreos in a food processor or blender and pulverize them until they become finely crushed. There is no need to separate the creamy filling from the cookies.
In an English language, mix the Oreo crumbs with the melted butter in a bowl.
Take the mixture and pour it into your pie pan, then use your hands or a utensil to evenly spread and press it into a layer on the bottom and along the sides of the pan.
Cook the crust in the oven for a period of 8 to 10 minutes, then leave it aside to cool down.

For the filling:

In order to create the filling, you will need to melt the butter in a saucepan of substantial size. Next, add the brown sugar, sweetened condensed milk, heavy cream, and corn syrup to the saucepan. Heat the mixture on medium heat while continuously stirring until the sugar is fully dissolved.
Increase the temperature to medium-high and let it reach a boiling point. Let it boil for 2-3 minutes, or until it reaches a temperature of 220-225 degrees Fahrenheit. Avoid overcooking, as it will result in a stiff filling. Conversely, not cooking it enough will result in a soft filling. For accuracy, I suggest using a food thermometer. Take off the heat and allow it to cool for a few minutes until the bubbling stops.
After pouring the caramel into the pie crust, place it in the refrigerator for 2-3 hours until it becomes firm. When cooled, it should maintain its shape but still be slightly yielding when pressed.

To finish off the topping:

Place the chocolate chips in a bowl that can withstand heat. Heat the heavy whipping cream in the microwave until it starts boiling, then pour it over the chocolate chips. Let it rest for 2-3 minutes, then mix it vigorously until it becomes smooth. Pour the ganache over the solid caramel layer and spread it evenly.
If you like, you can sprinkle the chopped pecans on top of the chocolate and then add a drizzle of caramel sauce.
Keep in the refrigerator until you are ready to eat. The pie will be at its optimal taste if consumed within a period of 5 to 7 days.

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