It has been said that food can bring people together, mend fences and even help heal a broken heart. Chef Michael Minden, owner of Michael V’s restaurant does that every day in his restaurant with his wonderful food. From the soups and salads to the heavenly quiche, lighter menu choices and the ridiculously scrumptious desserts, there’s no way to feel anything but good (and full) after enjoying a meal there. This is especially true with his Snickers Brownie Pie. Funny thing is, the recipe came to him in a dream.
After talking to his wife Carol about new desserts that they could add to the menu, Michael literally dreamed up recipe for the decadent pie that night. The next day, he woke up and made it. Reminiscent of a Snickers bar, it has plenty of chocolate, caramel and nuts. It also has a creamy cheesecake layer that brings all of the other flavors together.
From the first time I heard about the pie a little over a month ago, I have also dreamed about it – not so much about making it, but about eating it! When I found out that Michael entered the pie in a national contest through US Foods, I knew I had to learn more about this pie that intrigued me so! But to do that, I knew I must do “research.”
He has now won the Oklahoma division and has moved on to the national competition. If he wins it, he’ll move on to the World Championship, which will be held in Las Vegas in November. The winner of that gets a $15,000 restaurant makeover, plus $5,000 for the chef. On top of that, the winning product will be manufactured and distributed to U.S. Foods distribution points.
Since recently losing his mother, he has dedicated this latest venture to her.
Anyone can vote for their favorite product from all over the country. There are eight regions and you can vote once in each region every day until September 20. Please help put Tulsa on the map and help Michael win this in his mom’s memory.
However, this talented, very personable chef reflects that he feels like he has already won. While he would love to move on in the competition, it will be okay if he doesn’t. But make no mistake - he would love to win.
Good luck to Michael and don’t forget to vote every day for Snickers Brownie Pie in the Southwest region.
Michael was kind enough to share a version of his recipe that can be easily made at home with fabulous results.
Snickers Brownie Pie
Makes 1 (9 inch) pie
- 1 (9 inch) unbaked pie shell
- Favorite brownie batter
- Enough Snickers bars to cover brownie layer
- Enough crushed Oreos to cover Snickers layer
- 1 (8 oz.) package cream cheese, softened
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla or other flavoring of choice
- Equal parts of heavy cream and chocolate
- Roasted, chopped peanuts
Preheat oven to 340.
Fill unbaked pie shell about 1/2 way with prepared brownie batter. Layer chopped Snickers over batter. Layer Oreo crumbs over Snickers.
Bake for 40 minutes. Remove from oven and cool completely.
In the meantime, beat together the softened cream cheese, sugar and vanilla until smooth. Spread evenly over baked layers. Chill until ganache is ready.
To make ganache, place chocolate in a bowl. Bring cream to a full boil. Pour cream over chocolate and add about one tablespoon of corn syrup. Allow to stand for a couple of minutes; stir until smooth. Cool slightly until tepid.
Spread over cheesecake layer and sprinkle with roasted peanuts. Decorate plate with some extra ganache and caramel sauce, either homemade or store bought. Serve pie over sauces.