Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Sassy Sweets: Grasshopper Tart

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Another Birthday.  Now that I’m approaching the tail end of my twenties, it’s getting harder to get excited for each passing year.  In truth, I start to psych myself out – berating myself for only getting HERE at this point in my life when I thought I’d be better, higher, etc.  It’s the same wondering why I'm not married, despite the fact that I'm not ready and our relationship works well enough right now. And the same with not having kids, despite the fact that those snotty little buggers actually still repel me at this point. 
 To be completely honest, some years I've wished today wouldn't come so I could remain a young 20-something girl, forever, without feeling as though I’m under-accomplishing in my life.  But this year, I've taken a different approach.  I absolutely love how this year has been thus far.  A year ago, I celebrated my birthday with my Mom and Dad, which was wonderful.  But I missed John, I missed Boston, I missed having a LIFE. Okay, so we’re still a little light on the “life” part of it, but John is here now, and we've settled in.  

I woke up the other day and realized it’s okay that at 27 I’m still figuring it all out.  I don’t think I should ever STOP trying to figure it all out – because that’s the day my soul will stop living.  So another birthday came and to celebrate, I made a birthday cake for myself.  It’s solely the flavors that I like because I’ve decided to be a little selfish.  In my quest to be more in 2013, I’m slowly starting to appreciate myself for who I am, and to forgive myself for who I am not and will never be.  And you know what?  27 is the perfect time to start figuring that out!
Grasshopper Tart (adapted from Kelly's Konfections)
Serves:  8 (1-9 inch tart)
18 oreos
5 tablespoons butter, melted

1 3/4 cups heavy cream
1 gelatin packet (or 2 1/2 teaspoons)
3 egg yolks
1/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup creme de menthe
4 drops green food coloring
1 cup mini chocolate chips
Crust:  Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.  In a food processor, crush the oreos.  Combine the crushed oreos and butter together.  Press into a 9-inch pie pan and bake for 10 minutes, until set.  Remove from the oven and let cool.

Filling: Pour 1/2 cup of the heavy cream into a saucepan.  Sprinkle gelatin over it and let sit for 5 minutes.  Then, heat the heavy cream mixture on low until just simmering.  Cook 10-15 minutes until gelatin is dissolved.  Meanwhile, whisk egg yolks and sugar together in a small bowl.  Slowly pour the milk mixture into the egg yolks whisking constantly so the eggs do not curdle.  Return the mixture to the saucepan and continue to heat for 3-5 minutes until the mixture coats the back of a spoon.  Remove from heat and stir in the creme de menthe and food coloring.

Pour the mixture into a clean bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate 15-25 minutes, until thickened.  Beat the remaining heavy cream until soft peaks form.  Fold the creme de menthe mixture into the heavy cream.  Stir in 1/2 cup of mini chocolate chips.  

Spoon the filling into the prepared pie pan, top with the remaining mini chocolate chips and refrigerate overnight.  Keep refrigerated until ready to serve.  

Until the next time my oven is on...


  1. That looks like a wonderful birthday treat!

  2. Happy Birthday again Danielle! Your grasshopper pie looks delectable! I never made or ate one before. I feel deprived. I'm glad you're in a good place in your life! Wishing you the best for the upcoming year!

    1. Reeni - thank you. You make WAY more complicated desserts so I can promise you this will be EASY. I'd never had one either, apparently they are old fashioned (coming from my grandmother).

  3. Yum!! This looks amazing!! Happy happy birthday and thanks for stopping by today! :)

  4. Uh, that looks a-mazing. Came you to via The Sits Girls, and it looks like a belated Happy Birthday is in order... Happy Belated Birthday!

    Lauren Hesterman

  5. Visiting from SITS and wishing you a belated birthday! At 27, I was married with our first kid on the way (I'm divorced now--didn't see that coming in a million years--but my time at home was not a "mistake"). I didn't have a college degree and stayed at home and took a couple classes at the local University. You seem to be light years away from where I was at that age and I think that everyone follows their own path of growth, fulfilling their mission on this earth in their own way and timeline. It's when you start comparing yourself to others that you can get down on yourself. I think you're exactly where you need to be and the fact that you're reflecting on it is awesome--because you'll grow lots more! Awareness of anything, a feeling of this isn't enough for me, is a surefire way to growth and a bigger, better life. I think the issue is finding out what makes you light up--not what you think others or society want from you. And, to make the journey more pleasant, it's helpful if you stop beating yourself up for not being enough or doing enough.

  6. Your birthday cake is definitely on the yum side. As to your age, you aren't a number. I'm 61 but I don't feel 61. It's kind of amazing that much time has passed. My youngest daughter is your age. It's a great age, married or not, kids or not. Be yourself and the rest will follow--maybe a dog? Enjoy your SITS Day.

  7. Love this simple recipe! So happy to find you on SITS! Now following on Twitter :)

  8. My kids will LOVE this! Thanks! And happy SITS day!

  9. That looks SOOOOO good. And live your life on your time. I got married at 39, and had my first baby at 41! And it works for us. Cheers on YOUR journey.

  10. This looks so yummy too!! Oh my!! I think I'm going to have to start following you!
    Happy SITS Day!

  11. Looks delicious!! And for the record, I'm 35 and still figuring things out. You're not behind! :)

  12. Looks yummy!!I'll be 30 this year but I don't think about birthdays too much. A lot of people think I'm a teenager most of the time anyway.

    1. That must be a nice compliment - to think you're a teenager. Sadly the same can't be said about me (darn that gray hair!) but I'm happy where I am :)


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