Cherry Almond Mousse Pie

Christmas is the perfect time to treat your family and guests to a luscious pie with chocolate, cherries and nuts in a creamy vanilla mousse. It's a sweet yet light dessert.

Yield

8 to 10 servings

Ingredients

1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk, divided
1 ounce unsweetened chocolate
1/2 teaspoon almond extract, divided
1 (9 inch) pastry shell, baked
1 (10 ounce) jar maraschino cherries, drained
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, room temperature
1 cup cold water
1 (3.4 ounce) package instant vanilla pudding mix
1 cup heavy whipping cream, whipped
1/2 cup chopped toasted almonds
chocolate curls, optional

Directions

In a saucepan over low heat, cook and stir 1/2 cup milk and chocolate until the chocolate is melted and mixture is thickened, about 4 minutes. Stir in 1/4 teaspoon extract. Pour into pastry shell; set aside.

Set aside eight whole cherries for garnish. Chop the remaining cherries; set aside. In a bowl, beat the cream cheese until light. Gradually beat in water and remaining milk. Add pudding mix and remaining extract; mix well. Fold in whipped cream. Stir in chopped cherries and almonds.

Pour over the pie. Chill 4 hours or until set. Garnish with whole cherries and chocolate curls if desired.

Estimated Time

Preparation Time: 25 minutes
Chill Time: 4 hours

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving: Calories 469, Fat 26 g (Saturated Fat 14 g), Cholesterol 59 mg, Sodium 339 mg, Carbohydrate 55 g, Fiber 1 g, Protein 8 g.

Recipe Courtesy Of

Dorothy Pritchett, Wills Point, Texas

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