Are you in the mood for something decadent? Fancy something sumptuously sweet, with rich, complex flavors and incredible looks? Or maybe you want to make something extra special for a loved one?
Either way, I present to you… the African Prince Pie!
You won’t find this recipe anywhere else. It’s totally unique and is full of incredible flavors that work together in harmony… including a secret ingredient that has all the vibrancy and color that you’d expect from an African favorite.
Amarula – the taste of Africa
Have you ever tried Amarula? It’s one of those liqueurs that are so memorable, you’ll always remember the first time you tried it.
If you’ve never tried it, what better way to get your first sample than an out of this world African Prince Pie? With its velvety smooth texture and complex flavor (I once described it as a rainbow dipped in chocolate) Amarula is my go-to ingredient when I want to bring that extra wow factor.
Made from the fruit of the African marula tree – also known as the elephant tree – Amarula has notes of mango, passion fruit, orange, hazelnut, caramel and chocolate.
It’s like a heady blend of exhilarating fruitiness that tingles your tongue and a deep velvety richness that makes you feel all warm and cozy inside.
There’s really nothing else like it and, as much as I love to drink Amarula, it’s become a favorite dessert ingredient of mine.
Do yourself a favor and get yourself a bottle or two. We could all do with an extra touch of vibrancy and excitement in our lives, don’t you think?
What is an African prince pie?
After a long Greedy Gourmet day, I settled down to catch the new Eddie Murphy movie ‘Coming 2 America’ on Amazon Prime. I remember cracking up at the original, years ago, and thought I’d give the sequel a go.
Lots of laughs later, I started dreaming up a recipe. Something about the vibrancy of the African setting – with all the vivid colors and bursts of energy – mixed with the royal elegance got me thinking.
And so the seed for the idea of the African Prince Pie was planted. Naturally, I first thought of Amarula to bring that unique flavor that instantly makes me think of Africa.
For pure rich indulgence, chocolate was a must. A touch coconut would make the chocolate sing and, of course, it would need a rich, buttery biscuit base.
Maybe some bananas and a hint of vanilla, to bring some balance. Pretty soon, I had an idea for a pie that would bring the excitement, color, vibrancy and playfulness of the country of ‘Zamunda’ (seriously, watch the film) that would please the whole family.
So, I made it. After just one taste, I knew I had a pie fit for a royal banquet!
What biscuits should be used for the pie base?
Anything that’s chocolatey and indulgent. That was my first thought when I came up with the recipe and, for me, the words ‘chocolatey’ and ‘indulgent’ just make me think of Oreos.
You can go for plain old Oreos or get creative and use one of the seemingly endless array of alternative flavors – off the top of my head, brownie Oreos, fudge Oreos, chocolate hazelnut Oreos or java coffee flavored Oreos would all work with this African Prince Pie recipe.
Feel free to go off script and use your favorite chocolate cookies. My rule is – if they’re irresistible out of the packet, they’re fit for this African Prince Pie!
What’s the best chocolate to use in African Prince Pie?
Go for good quality chocolate. Chocolate is a big part of the flavor of this pie, so don’t skimp on quality here.
For me, a mix of dark chocolate and milk chocolate works best. If you’re not a fan of the bitterness of dark chocolate, just use milk chocolate.
How long does the pie need to chill once cooked?
Once you’ve poured the luscious creamy chocolate mixture into your buttery biscuit base, it’s chillin’ time.
The filling mixture needs time to set. This is going to require patience – so guard that pie from hungry invaders!
It’ll need at least six hours in the refrigerator, but it’s best to leave it to set overnight. If you wake up to find fingerprints in the filling and teeth marks around the crust, you know you’ve got hungry night bandits on your hands!
How do you decorate African Prince Pie?
Don’t be afraid to go to town with the decorations! This is called an African Prince Pie for a reason. It should be decadent and regal. It should have that ‘wow’ factor. It should blow people away, not just with its delicious taste, but with its stunning looks.
So, take your time and create your very own masterpiece. I decorated my pie with toasted coconut flakes and a sprinkle of rose petals, along with 24 karat gold leaves to bring a touch of elegance.
Tips to make the perfect African Prince Pie
Making this pie is pretty straightforward, but there are a few things you’ll want to keep in mind while you're baking it. Follow these tips and you should end up with the perfect pie, every time!
- When you make the pie base, make sure you press down on the buttery biscuit crumbs. You want to make sure the crumble is densely packed – this will give you a firm, stable pie base. Use a flat spatula or a straight-sided glass
- Always use baking beads or, if you haven’t got any, use uncooked dried rice when baking the pie base. This will help keep the pastry in shape as it cooks. If you don’t weight the pastry down, the base can puff up and cause the sides to collapse
- When making the pie filling, you’ll create a custard mixture by adding creamy milk to egg yolks, whisking, then pouring into the rest of the creamy milk. Take your time with this part – it’s easy to get it wrong. Adding the milk to the egg yolks should be done slowly, so that milk and the eggs can bind bit by bit. Make sure you whisk with plenty of energy!
- Use a piping bag or piping gun for the topping to get that extra fine finishing touch
More amazing Amarula recipes
Once you’ve got a taste for the famous African liqueur, you’ll be on a roll. Here are some great Amarula recipes, to give you a little inspiration for your next move:
- Amarula berry trifle
- Chocolate fairy cakes with amarula buttercream
- Chocolate amarula cocktail
- Amarula cheesecake
- Butterbeer fudge
- Malva pudding
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