Cherry Almond Mousse Pie
14 ounces sweetened condensed milk
1 ounce unsweetened chocolate
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1 baked 9 inch pastry shell
10 ounces maraschino cherries, drained
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 cup cold water
3 1/2 ounces instant vanilla pudding mix
1 cup whipping cream, whipped
1/2 cup chopped toasted almonds
chocolate curls, optional
In a saucepan over low heat, cook and stir 1/2 cup milk and chocolate until the chocolate is melted and mixture is thickened, about 4-5 minutes. Stir in 1/4 teaspoon extract. pour into pastry shell; set aside.
Reserve eight whole cherries for garnish. Chop the remaining cherries; set aside.
In a mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese until light. Gradually beat in water and remaining milk. Add pudding mix and remaining extract; mix well.
Fold in whipped cream. Stir in chopped cherries and almonds. Pour over the pie.
Chill 4 hours or until set. Garnish with whole cherries and chocolate curls if desired.