Caramel Chocolate Mousse Pie

Caramel Chocolate Mousse Pie

I’m so excited to share this Caramel Chocolate Mousse pie recipe today! It has a no-bake filling that is completely homemade. You will not believe the amazing flavors in this pie thanks to real, high-quality ingredients like semisweet chocolate, real cream, and homemade dulce de leche caramel.

Homemade does not have to mean hard. If you are ready to learn the simple steps to making your own caramel at home, and a baker’s shortcut for a no-fail three ingredient chocolate mousse, then read to the end for all the tips and shortcuts so that you can make this chocolate lovers dream pie.

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Caramel chocolate mousse pie recipe

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So many things to love about this caramel chocolate mousse pie

Caramel chocolate mousse pie recipe

Bittersweet chocolate mousse

I am going to admit something that always shocks people . . .

I don’t actually like chocolate. ( insert gasping emoji here..)

Trust me when I say that this chocolate mousse is really, REALLY good! It isn’t overly sweet so the quality of the chocolate you use really shines through.

Because its got only three ingredients: lots of melted chocolate, powdered sugar and whipped cream, it is thick and velvety and just dissolves on your tongue.

The texture of this mousse is what makes it for me. Seriously, it may turn me in to a chocolate lover afterall!

Hidden caramel layer

I’m going to show you a caramel recipe that you literally CAN NOT MESS UP. Im my bakery days, I had so many bakers scortching the caramel that I needed an easier method. ( in their defense, true caramel can be tricky) We arrived at this cook in the can method and I have used it ever sense.

I love this caramel because it is thick enough to spread on the bottom of the baked pie shell. Its hidden under the chocolate mousse and when you take a bite of the flaky crust, the caramel sauce and the chocolate mousse, you get a flavor combination that tastes like a Twix Candy!.

Homemade flaky crust

When it comes to pie crust, homemade really does taste better. I’ve got a full tutorial on how to blind bake a pie crust for use with a no bake filling. Click here to read that post.

Prep in advance

Although this recipe is simple, there are a few things that you can do to make it easier. Preparing the caramel and pie crust in advance will help your pie come together flawlessly.

Caramel that cooks itself in a crock pot

This caramel sauce is made by cooking sweetened condensed milk right in the can! Don’t worry, it will not burst open or explode. I find that the easiest way to do this is in a crock pot.

Here are the steps to make Caramel Dulce De Leche:

  1. Remove the label from the can.
  2. Place the can in a crock pot (or in a sauce pot on low) and completely cover in water.
  3. Cook for 3-5 hours on low, adding more water as needed to keep the can completely covered.
  4. Allow the can to cool before opening.
  5. You do not need to refrigerate this until you open the can. Once opened refrigerate for up to 6 days.

Pre-make your pie dough the day before

In my ebook Bake Better Pies: My Secrets to Baking Pie Likes Pro. I discuss all the steps to making an award winning flaky pie crust. One of those steps is to mix the dough and let it rest. When you do that, it will bake up flakier and not shrink back when it’s baked. That’s important when you want to blind bake a pie shell, like in this recipe.

Here are the steps for pre-making your pie shell:

  1. Mix your pie dough using my flaky pie crust recipe.
  2. Form the dough into a ball, flatten into a disc and wrap in plastic.
  3. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or overnight.
  4. Roll out the dough and shape it in the pie plate.
  5. Put the crust back in the fridge for 15-30 minutes to cool.
  6. Blind bake the crust by lining it with foil, filling with pie weights (I use dry beans) and baking for 20 minutes at 350°
  7. Remove the foil and beans and bake for another 5-8 minutes or until the bottom of the crust is no longer doughy.
  8. Allow to cool before filling.

Making the caramel chocolate mousse pie

My three-ingredient chocolate mousse

While this isn’t a “true” chocolate mousse, you’re taste buds are not going to care! It has only three ingredients: a high quality chocolate ( look for for anything over 50%), powdered sugar, and heavy whipping cream.

The steps for making this chocolate mousse are:

  1. Chop the chocolate into small pieces and place in a medium sized bowl.
  2. Heat 1 cup of the cream until it begins to simmer, remove from heat and pour over the chocolate pieces.
  3. Whisk until all the chocolate is melted. ( reserve 2 tbsp of this chocolate ganache for garnish later)
  4. Allow to cool while you whip the remaining cream and powdered sugar together to form soft peaks. (it helps if you keep the cream cold until you are ready to whip it) Soft peaks means that if you pull the whip away from the cream, the tip of the foamy cream will hold its shape and droop over slightly.
  5. Making sure that the chocolate is not hot, and the cream is soft peaks gently fold half of chocolate mixture into the cream. When it is fully combined, fold in the remaining half.
  6. Reserve 1 cup of chocolate mousse for garnish later)

Assemble the caramel chocolate mousse pie

Now it is time to assemble this delicious pie!

Into the blind baked pastry shell, spread the caramel.

Caramel chocolate mousse pie recipe
Brown Butter Blondies step two

Top the caramel with the chocolate mousse filling. Begin by mounding it all in the center of the pie, and gently smooth it out to the edges, without touching the fluted crust.

Brown Butter Blondie three

Decorate the top of the pie using the reserved 2 Tbsp ganache, and the 1 cup chocolate mousse.

First drizzle the ganache over the smoothed top of the pie. (If your ganache has thickened, warm in in the microwave for about 10-20 seconds)

Next, using a star shaped pastry tip, pipe 8 rosettes symetrically around the top of the pie.

Caramel chocolate mousse pie recipe
Caramel Chocolate Mousse Pie

Caramel Chocolate Mousse Pie

Delicious chocolate mousse and dulce de leche caramel in a homemade no bake pie.
Prep Time 3 hrs
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 8

Equipment

  • Crock pot or sauce pan, pie plate, rolling pin, electric mixer with whip attachment

Ingredients
  

Caramel Dulce De Leche

  • 1 can Sweetened condensed milk

Chocolate Mousse

  • 4 cups Heavy whipping cream split into 1 cup, and 3 cup measurements
  • 2 cups Semi-sweet chocolate pieces chopped
  • 1/2 cup Powdered Sugar

Instructions
 

To Make the Caramel Dulce de Leche

  • Remove the label from the can. Place the can in a crock pot (or in a sauce pot on low) and completely cover in water.
  • Cook for 3-5 hours on low, adding more water is needed to keep the can completely covered.
  • Allow the can to cool before opening.

To Make the Chocolate Mousse

  • Chop the chocolate into small pieces and place in a medium sized bowl.
  • Heat 1 cup of the cream until it begins to simmer, remove from heat and pour over the chocolate pieces.
  • Whisk until all the chocolate is melted. (reserve 2 tbsp of this chocolate ganache for garnish later)
  • Allow to cool while you whip the remaining 3 cups of cream and powdered sugar together to form soft peaks.
  • Making sure that the chocolate is not hot, and the cream is soft peaks gently fold half of chocolate mixture into the cream. When it is fully combined, fold in the remaining half. Reserve 1 cup of chocolate mousse for garnish later)

Assemble the Pie

  • Spread the caramel on the bottom of the blind baked pie shell.
  • Mound the chocolate mousse in the middle of the caramel and gently level it and spread out to the sides of the pie, trying not to touch the fluted edges.
  • Drizzle the extra chocolate over the top of the pie, and symetrically pipe the extra mousse in 8 rosettes around the pie.
Keyword Caramel, chocolate, No Bake, Pie

Caramel Chocolate Mousse Pie

Now you know the no fail Caramel Dulce de Leche technique and my shortcut thre ingredient chocolate mousse recipe. Give this Caramel Chocolate Mousse Pie a try the next time you want to satisfy that chocolate craving! Let me know in the comments what kind of chocolate you will be using!

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If you enjoyed this recipe, check out some of my other pie recipes like my Easy Dutch Apple Pie or my First Place Strawberry Shortcake Pie



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