American Pie Council

2017 Amateur Entry


Cherry Tiramisu Pie

Cherry Tiramisu Pie
Naylet LaRochelle, Miami, FL
2017 APC National Pie Championships Amateur Division
Best of Comstock and 1st Place Comstock Cherry

1 3/4 cup ground chocolate wafer cookies
2 tablespoons sugar
7 tablespoons butter, melted

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Lightly spray a 9.5-inch deep pie plate with nonstick cooking spray. In a large bowl, combine ground cookie crumbs, sugar, and butter until well combined. Press mixture onto bottom and up the sides of pie plate. Bake 6-8 minutes or until crust is lightly toasted. Remove from oven; let cool.

Coffee syrup:
1/2 cup sugar
3/4 cup water
4 teaspoons instant coffee granules (4 small packages)

In a medium saucepan, over medium heat, add sugar, water. Cook until sugar is completely dissolved. Add instant coffee; cook additional 1-2 minutes or until hot and granules are dissolved.

1 package Lady Fingers
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup cornstarch
Pinch salt
2 cups half and half cream
4 egg yolks
1 tablespoons butter
1 (8 oz.) tub mascarpone cheese
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 teaspoon rum extract
2 teaspoons unflavored gelatin
2 tablespoons water

In a large bowl, crush Lady Fingers into medium pieces (reserve remaining cookies for topping). Drizzle with coffee syrup; toss to coat well. Let soak while making filling.

In a medium saucepan, over medium heat, combine sugar, cornstarch, and salt. While whisking, add half and half. Whisk in egg yolks; continue whisking and bring to a simmer. Bring to boil for 1 minute; continue stirring until a pudding consistency, about 1 more minute. Remove from heat. Stir in mascarpone, butter, vanilla, and rum. Sprinkle gelatin over water; let bloom 2-3 minutes. Microwave until completely dissolved; stir into pastry cream.

Spread cherry pie filling onto bottom of pie. Top with half of the coffee soaked Lady Fingers; carefully spread half of mascarpone pastry cream over Lady Fingers. Repeat to make 2 layers of each. Refrigerate 5-6 hours or until firm.

Sweetened whipped cream
Lady Fingers
Long stem cherries
Chocolate dust

Pipe whipped cream over top of pie. Decorate with chocolate leaves, cherries, Lady Fingers, and sprinkle chocolate dust.