Graham cracker pie shells are a lifesaver.
I always get a couple when I go to the grocery and use them when I'm in a last minute jam and need a dessert. The other night we had friends coming over and I hadn't even thought about dessert. I was focused on finishing the actual dinner. With 10 minutes left until they were due to arrive my husband asked the dreaded question, "What about dessert?" So I threw open the refrigerator door to see a leftover tub of mascarpone and heavy cream.
Then I went to the cupboard and rooted around on my baking shelf. Next I found semi-sweet chocolate chips. I melted the chips and let them cool and then combined them with the mascarpone and folded in whipped cream....with a few minutes to spare.
So make sure you have a couple of graham cracker pie crusts in your cupboard for a quick and easy dessert.
Chocolate Mascarpone Pie
12 ounces semi-sweet chips
6 oz mascarpone cheese
1 pint heavy cream
1 graham cracker pie crust
Melt the chocolate chips over a double boiler. Let cool and add to mascarpone cheese. Mix until smooth. Whip the heavy cream in a mixer on high until you get stiff peaks. Fold into the chocolate mascarpone mixture and then put into your pie shell.