I wanted to make a new dessert to add for the holidays. I combined a chocolate ganache with a no bake cheese cake layer topped with a Cranberry topping in a graham cracker crust. The combination works very well together.i also think a cherry topping would taste delicious with this pie as well. I will be adding this to my Christmas dessert list. I hope you all enjoy it! :-)
Heat oven to 350 degree's. Prepare cranberry topping. In a saucepan. Place water, sugar, orange juice, orange zest,and corn starch mix well. Heat burner to high heat. Add cranberries.
Bring to a boil. Stir and boil until cranberries burst. Reduce heat to low. Continue cooking until mixture thickens up. Remove from heat. Add liquor optional, and stir. Pour in to bowl and refrigerate.
Make crust. In a bowl. Mix graham cracker crumbs with sugar, and melted butter. Combine really well. Stir in the walnuts and pour in to pie pan. Pat mixture in to pan and up sides bake at 350 for 10 minutes. Remove from oven.
Make ganache. In a bowl mix chocolate chips with cream. Microwave on high 1 minute. Stop and stir. Heat again 20 seconds stop and stir. Continue doing this until chocolate is melted. Pour ganache on top of crust. Sprinkle chopped walnuts on top.Place in fridge to cool.
When cooled. Make top layer. Melt chocolate chips in microwave. Stop and stir every 30 seconds until melted. In a bowl beat cream cheese with softened butter, and sugar until smooth. Add the melted chocolate. Beat until combined well. Fold in the cool whip, or other non dairy topping until no white shows. Pour over Ganache in pie pan. Smooth with spatula, or spoon. Refrigerate until set.
Before serving. Top with Cranberry topping, or cold cherry pie filling. Serve with cool whip or whipped cream.