Are you ready for this? Take a seat people, this pie is gonna wow you.
Graham cracker crust, ganache, dulce de leche, no-bake, cream cheese…there ain’t one thing in that sentence I don’t LOVE.
Let’s take a ride on the pie train, shall we?
Two weeks ago I showed you the anatomy of the perfect graham cracker crust. I made two crusts for that photo shoot and then had to make two pies. We don’t waste crust at my house, no sir. I made a s’mores ganache pie with one of them.
Then, last week, I showed you how easy it is to make homemade dulce de leche in your crockpot. You can buy it at the store, but (1) it’s expensive and (2) you can’t find it everywhere. Making it at home is so easy – especially when using your slow cooker. Set it and forget it! Then you have 24 ounces of gooey, gorgeous, milky sweet caramel to use.
Enter: Black Bottom Dulce de Leche Pie!
This pie is no-bake, which is essential here in Sacramento in summer. It’s upwards of 90 every day and A/C is expensive. So expensive that we have to pay $312 every month (even in the off months) so we don’t have an unexpected $500 bill in August.
WHY can’t solar be cheap to install?
It’s even no-bake if you make the dulce de leche at home, because you use your slow cooker. When it’s hot, I put my crockpot outside in the shade so it doesn’t heat up my house. Or, you can buy it from the store. I know they have it at Safeway and Walmart, but it seems not every store carries it. You might find it in the bakery aisle, or the Mexican foods aisle.
But, you know, you can buy sweetened condensed milk at every grocery store for about $1.50 if you get generic. Ahem.
Dulce de leche is a milky, thick, caramel that is so good. It’s not drippy so it’s good to eat with a spoon. And it’s good to put in recipes too, like no-bake pie. I liken it to peanut butter in consistency, and you can substitute it for peanut butter in lots of things (except for the sugar content – dulce de leche is much sweeter than peanut butter!)
Caramel + chocolate go really well together, so instead of just making this a dulce de leche pie, I gave it a black bottom. Black bottom is code for “fill the bottom of the pie with chocolate ganache”. It’s made of semi-sweet chocolate chips and heavy cream and layered on the graham cracker crust. You chill, then top with the fluffy dulce de leche filling.
The filling couldn’t be easier to make. Simply beat cream cheese, dulce de leche, vanilla, and sugar with a hand mixer. I folded in a container of Cool Whip to add some filler. Cool Whip is a staple in no-bake recipes. I love using is because I can control the amount of fat and/or sugar. Use regular, light, fat-free, or sugar-free Cool Whip to make the pie to your liking. Plus, Cool Whip is cheap!
Can you substitute whipped cream for the Cool Whip? Honestly? I wouldn’t. You probably can, but I didn’t, obviously, because my recipe calls for Cool Whip. I know that whipped cream doesn’t have the same stabilized life that whipped topping does and if you don’t eat your pie within the day you have a chance of the filling weeping.
A crying pie is not my idea of good. Just use Cool Whip.
Because the pie was, let’s just call a spade a spade, ugly by itself, I topped it with a chocolate ganache drizzle. You can make your own using chocolate chips and heavy whipping cream, or you can use that jar of long-forgotten hot fudge ice cream topping that’s in the back of your refrigerator. Whatever makes you happy!
(Note: you could probably use the ice cream topping for the black bottom too, if you want…)
All the components of this pie combine together to make bites of delicious. The graham cracker crust (I used the no-bake version; make my recipe or buy one from the store), the caramel dulce de leche filling, the chocolate. I think is my favorite no-bake pie ever (well, tied with this one at least).
This pie lasted about 5 days sealed in a tupperware container in my fridge before it disappeared. The crust stayed crunchy, the pie didn’t weep or melt or get funky. So you can totally make it ahead of time for a party.
Or just eat a slice of pie a day for 5 days. #piewin #itswhatiwoulddo
Homemade Dulce de Leche
The BEST graham cracker crust – baked and no bake!
Check out my Crazy for No-Bake pinboard for more summer ideas!