Monday, June 4, 2012

Le Chef Petite - Ocean Pie!

Got the summer blues?  Hmmm, probably not - at least not yet.  BUT if you do - then sit down, close your eyes, dream of the beach, and let your kids make you a dessert that will be almost as good as digging your toes in the warm sand while a balmy breeze kisses your face.  :)  Did I mention that your kids can make it?  (Depending on their ages though, you will want to step in on the hot water part, AND it would be most wise of you to keep at least one eye open, watching the process in the kitchen so that most of the "ocean" does not end up on your floor or in someone's tummy).  See below for the recipe!  :)

1 small box of blue Jello (3 oz.)
1 container of Cool Whip (16 oz.)
1 graham cracker pie crust (or crushed graham crackers)
Strawberries and kiwis for ocean plants (or some other type of fruit)
Swedish fish or gummy fish or gummy eels (a.ka. worms), etc.  - basically, anything ocean creature like.
Optional: blue food color, large glass bowl or container

1.  Mix the entire box of blue jello into 2/3 cup boiling or very hot water until Jello is dissolved.
2.  Add 1 cup of ice water (or part water with ice mixed in) to the jello mixture and stir.
3.  While the dissolved jello mixture cools a bit, slice strawberries and kiwis (use child friendly knives - see below for some suggestions).
4.  Once the jello mixture has cooled to a lukewarm temperature, carefully add the mixture to about 12 ounces of Cool Whip and stir until well combined.
5.  Place sliced fruit on top of the prepared graham cracker crust OR crushed graham crackers in a glass container (we used a large glass container so you could see through the sides, and we just broke up the crust and smashed it into the bottom of the bowl.  Then we placed some of the slices up against the glass so you could see the colorful ocean "plants").
6.  Carefully pour the jello and Cool Whip mixture over the graham crust and fruit until the container is full (if you have extra - freeze it as well and save it for eating later on).
7.  Push your Swedish fish or other gummy ocean creatures into the "ocean" mixture until submerged (or you may want to have a few peeking up from the ocean depths). 
8.  Optional:  dip a knife in blue food color and swirl through the mixture and against the sides of the container you are using.
9.  Dot the top of the "ocean" with any extra Cool Whip to simulate frothy waves.
10. Place your pie in the freezer for 4-6 hours and serve up your own piece of the ocean!  :)

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  1. How creative!
    This is soooooooooooooo beautiful, I just love your idea

  2. That is so pretty! I was guessing how to make it before reading the instructions and thought it was food coloring, not blue jello. Lol.

  3. I love this! Such a neat idea! :)

  4. The second I saw this on my link party I knew I had to come and see it! I love it! What an incredibly fun idea for the kids and so yummy, too! Thanks so much for linking it up at my party! BTW, I'm a fellow homeschooler, also.

  5. I just pinned this! So cool!

  6. What a fun idea this is! I've pinned it for future reference. I'm sure my grandchildren will love this.

  7. Just a quick note to let you know that I featured this blog on my News of the Day this evening. Thanks for sharing this fun recipe.