Happy 2008 to everyone! What better way to start off blogging in the new year than with a really decadent and high calorie dessert. This might be my last truly fattening dessert for a while because like so many others, I'm "trying" to be healthier in the new year. We'll see how that goes but for now that's the intention. So anyway, I made this really delicious pie for dessert on New Year's Eve. My great aunt made it for Christmas dinner and it was so good I just had to get the recipe from her. It's really yummy to be so simple.
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1 8 oz package cream cheese
1 8 oz container whipped topping
1/2 cup chopped pecans, divided
1 graham cracker pie shell
Begin by removing the paper wrapper from the can of condensed milk. Place the unopened can on its side in a large pot of water, making sure the can is completely covered with water. Boil for 4 hours, rolling the can around every so often in the pot. (Be sure the can stays covered with water the entire time. You may need to add more water to the pot as some evaporates from boiling.) Remove the can from the pot and set on the counter to cool for several hours or over night. DO NOT refrigerate. When you open the can, the milk should be thick and the color of caramel. In a mixing bowl, combine the "caramel" with room temperature cream cheese and 1/4 cup of pecans. Pour into the pie shell. Top with whipped topping and remaining chopped nuts. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
*This would be great with a layer of chocolate in the bottom of the pie crust or with mini chocolate chips added into the filling.
Source: My aunt Gail