Did you know that Pi Day is only a couple weeks away? #SundaySupper is helping you get ready for March 14th (since pi = 3/14) with over 50 Sweet and Savory Pie Recipes. I’m also helping you get ready for St. Patrick’s Day with a decadent and delightful boozy dessert with these easy and impressive Gluten Free Mini Irish Cream Chocolate Mousse Pies.
Gluten Free Mini Irish Cream Chocolate Mousse Pies
My five year old has the strangest taste in television. Well, strange for a five-year-old. He has stated that when he watches movies, he doesn’t want to watch cartoons anymore because they are fiction (I think he needs a better understanding of the difference between fiction versus non-fiction and animated versus live-action, but we’ll work on that).
He’ll sit for hours and watch nature or survival shows with Daddy. When he is begging to watch TV and I say that we aren’t going to put on any kids shows, he’ll say, “OK, then how about one of those DIY shows? Maybe Barnwood Builders is on.” He might be almost as big a fan of Chip and Joanna as The Hubby and I.
And when he knows I’m going to cuddle on the couch with him, he’ll request Food Network, and I don’t think that’s just to placate Mommy. He actually likes it. When he was playing with his kitchen set recently, he insisted I record him on Snapchat while he told Guy Fieri (aka Mommy) all about the Crystal Soup Diner, and then proceeded to detail how he makes Deep Fried Crystal Soup with Chicken Broth. There were power tools involved.
Then there’s Chopped. I think it’s a sign that we have watched it a few too many times when now on nights he especially enjoys his dinner, he tells me that I get to move on to the Dessert Round. And then he’ll start naming random food items in our fridge and pantry that he wants incorporated into his snack.
I’m not sure if I should be flattered or offended.
I guess I’m just glad he hasn’t started booze as one of the secret basket ingredients…
Even though The Bug may be a bit precocious with his television habits, and even his palate, he did not get to taste these Gluten Free Mini Irish Cream Chocolate Mousse Pies. But after enjoying more than my fair share (over the course of a week, not in one day!), I will tell you they are the perfect combination of rich and decadent with light and fluffy. I’ll be honest, though, when I say “light”, I am only talking about the texture of the mousse, not the calorie content. This is a special occasion dessert, but it is totally worth the indulgence. You start with a no-bake chocolaty crust made from almond meal. Top this with a simplified bit of my Five Minute Bailey’s Fudge Sauce. Cover that all up with a thick layer of heavenly Irish Cream chocolate mousse, then whipped cream and shaved chocolate and you have a dessert worthy of any celebration, from Pi Day to St. Patrick’s Day, or even a dinner party where you want to impress your guests. But the best part is that even though there are a few different layers to make, they are all super easy!
I guess it’s also time for my annual answer to the question of whether Irish cream is gluten free. Irish cream and all whiskey-based alcohols are made from gluten-containing grains. However, the distillation process effectively separates the alcohol from the gluten. However, in the case of Irish cream, there is the question of other ingredients. Bailey’s claims they don’t use any gluten-containing ingredients, but they are not qualified to make “medical recommendations”. Carolan’s claims to be gluten free. I am not a medical professional, so this is only based on my research, and if you have a severe allergy, you should consult your doctor. But I did want to give you this information because I am often asked. Also, I have heard that Irish cream non-dairy coffee creamers can oftentimes be substituted in order to achieve the same flavor without any risk of gluten, and if you also want to avoid alcohol. I have not tried it in this recipe, so if you do, let me know.
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- ⅔ cups almond meal
- 2 Tablespoons cocoa powder
- 2 Tablespoons powdered sugar
- 2 Tablespoons melted butter
- 2 Tablespoons Irish Cream Liqueur (Bailey's or other)
- 2 Tablespoons semisweet chocolate chips
- 1 Tablespoon cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon unflavored gelatin
- 1 Tablespoon cold water
- 2 Tablespoons boiling water
- ¼ cup sugar
- 1 Tablespoon cocoa powder
- ¾ cup heavy cream, well chilled
- ¼ cup Irish Cream Liqueur (Bailey's or other), well chilled
- ½ teaspoon vanilla
- ¼ cup heavy cream
- ½ Tablespoon powdered sugar
- Grated chocolate for garnish, optional
- Toss almond meal, cocoa powder, and powdered sugar together in a bowl using a fork.
- Pour over the melted butter and stir until evenly moistened.
- Divide the crumbs between four 6 oz. ramekins and press firmly into the bottom and up the sides.
- Place in the refrigerator until needed.
- Combine the Irish Cream and chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl and microwave 15-30 seconds and stir until smooth (alternatively, place in a bowl over a pot of simmering water and stir just until melted.
- Stir in the cocoa powder.
- Divide the fudge between the crusts, gently spread evenly, and return to the refrigerator while preparing the mousse.
- Place a mixing bowl and beaters in the freezer.
- Sprinkle gelatin over cold water in small bowl and let stand one minute.
- Add boiling water and stir until gelatin is completely dissolved. Let stand to cool.
- In the chilled bowl, stir together the sugar and cocoa powder.
- Add the heavy cream and beat at medium speed until stiff peaks form.
- Increase to high speed, then slowly add the Irish Cream, vanilla, and gelatin mixture, beating until soft peaks form.
- Divide the mousse between the crusts and spread evenly. Return to the refrigerator while preparing the whipped cream or until ready to serve.
- In a chilled bowl, using chilled beaters or a whisk, beat the cream and powdered sugar to form soft peaks. Top each pie with whipped cream, and garnish with grated chocolate, if desired.
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