Chocolate Chess Pie

Chocolate Chess Pie5
Chocolate Chess Pie

I was in a pie baking mood, but I wasn’t in a go to the store to buy the ingredients mood.  I was lucky enough to have the ingredients to make a chocolate chess pie which is something I’ve never made before.  I’m also still trying to understand what a chess pie is.

The pie itself comes together like a pecan pie.  It took minutes to put together the filling and I baked it until it barely jiggled.  The results were great!  The pie had a nice deep dark chocolate flavor and the texture was very creamy.  I shared it with my son, friends and coworkers and now I have requests for chocolate pie for Christmas!

Chocolate Chess Pie

for the pie crust

  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter chilled and cut into small pieces
  • ¼ to ½ cup ice water

for the pie filling

  • ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 1- oz .chopped dark chocolate
  • 2/3 cup half and half ((or evaporated milk))
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cups sugar
  • ½ cup dark brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa (, sifted)
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

make the crust

  1. In the bowl of a food processor, combine flour, salt, and sugar. Add butter, and process until the mixture resembles coarse meal, 8 to 10 seconds.
  2. With machine running, add ice water in a slow, steady stream through feed tube. Pulse until dough holds together without being wet or sticky; be careful not to process more than 30 seconds. To test, squeeze a small amount together: If it is crumbly, add more ice water, 1 tablespoon at a time.
  3. Divide dough into two equal balls. Flatten into a discs and wrap in plastic. Transfer to the refrigerator and chill at least 1 hour. Unused dough can be frozen and stored in the freezer for one month.

make the pie filling

  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Roll piecrust into a 13-inch circle on a lightly floured surface. Fit into a 9-inch tart pan or pie plate; fold edges under, and crimp. In a medium sauce pot over low heat melt butter and chopped chocolate until melted and smooth. Whisk in half and half, eggs, and vanilla. Stir together sugars and next 3 ingredients. Add sugar mixture to chocolate mixture, whisking until smooth. Pour mixture into prepared crust.
  2. Bake pie at 350° for 40 – 50 minutes until set. Remove from oven to a wire rack, and cool completely (about 1 hour).

Adapted from Southern Living

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