Yesterday morning, while I was having breakfast I was browsing through the new Ina Garten cookbook (How easy is that?) and I came across a chocolate cream pie. It looked so delicious, but I was in no mood for making things from scratch! Have you ever seen that show on Food Network- umm, semi-homemade or something? Well, I never really liked this show. I always thought, "Why does this woman have a show? Everything she makes comes out of a jar or a box!" I didn't understand back then... Now, that I have an extremely energetic daughter and a house to keep up I know why that show was on. It really does make your life easier, when you don't have to be in the kitchen all day. And every once in a while I want things- and I want them NOW. NO WAITING. So I headed out to the grocery store to get the things I needed to make my quick version of Ina's chocolate pie. I bought: a premade graham cracker crust, big package of INSTANT chocolate pudding, and some heavy whipping cream. The whole thing came out to $4.50. Not bad, huh?
I made the instant pudding, which is done in 2 minutes! Then poured it into the crust... popped that in the fridge while I whipped up the cream with a little sugar and a little khalua (yum!). Piped the cream onto the pie and then back to the fridge while I made lunch. The whole thing took me 5 minutes! No lie.
After lunch, I had myself a big (extra big) slice of pie. If that's not instant gratification, I don't know what is. The only complaint I had was that my crust was a little broken when I got home from the store, but it still tasted great! Sorry Ina, but I don't think I'll be going through all the trouble of making your pie, when I can just have mine!