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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Not Your Mama's Chocolate Pie


    To tell you the truth, I am not really the pie maker in the family.  MiMi plays that role on my side.  My brother-in-law Anthony and my mother-in-law/Nana fill the role on my husband's side.  I just can't seem to make a pretty crimp on the pie crust.  No matter what I do, it looks like uneven and unpretty.  I love all of the beautiful pies I see online, but I just don't have the patience to make that beauty at home.  Or maybe I just lack the skill.  Either way, I make pie crust like a grade school child.


    With Pi{e} Day coming up, I had to get over my fear.  After all, MiMi has been slacking on making things for the blog.  I still need to figure out a good spot to take pictures at her house.  You would think it wouldn't be that hard, but finding decent light and not too much distraction in the background is harder than you think.  All of those beautifully composed pictures you see on Pinterest likely took some poor blogger hours to set up and then they have to wait for just the right amount of diffused light.  Too much light washes the food out, too little makes dark pictures.  Natural light is best, so you have to wait for just the right moment and hope you are set up with the right angle in the right window.  Even my simple little pictures take a hope and a prayer.


     Enough about all of that.  In the end, what really matters is how the food tastes and this pie tastes ah-mazing!  It is a nod to the old fashioned chocolate pudding style pies, but so much better.  The chocolate filling is made on the stovetop and is rich and delicious.  It is also easy, which is always a bonus!  There is just a bit of coffee flavor mixed in to take the chocolate to the next level.  You'd never pick it out as coffee, it just deepens the flavor profile and it doesn't hurt the color either.


     Then there is the topping.  Mmmmmm, this topping.  There is no tub of whipped topping here.  Oh no!  This is the good stuff.  It is a bit whipped cream and a bit cream cheese to make a soft, delicious, sumptuous topping that plays off the chocolate layer so nicely.  It would be beautiful decorated with some big chocolate shavings, but I didn't have a block of chocolate handy.  So, I whipped out the mini chocolate chips to give it a little pizzazz with no effort at all.



     I have to tell you that we were all sad when this was gone.   This jazzed up chocolate pie is definitely on the sort list of must be made again soon dishes.  Maybe we need to make our next food competition pie!

Not Your Mama's Chocolate Pie
serves 8

Ingredients:


Chocolate layer:
2/3 cup sugar
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1/4 cup flour
1 tsp instant coffee
pinch of salt
1 12oz can evaporated milk
1 14oz can sweetened condensed milk
1 tsp vanilla extract

Topping:
8oz cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup heavy cream, as cold as possible

  1. Roll out your pie dough and place it in a deep dish pie plate.  Crimp edges and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.  
  2. Preheat oven to 400 F.  Remove chilled pie crust from refrigerator and prick the bottom of the crust.  Cover with parchment paper and fill with pie weights or dry beans.  Bake for about 12 minutes or until golden.  Remove from oven and set aside to cool.  
  3. In a large saucepan, whisk together sugar, cocoa, flour, coffee and slat.  Slowly add the evaporated milk, whisking well as you go to ensure no lumps.  Whisk in the condensed milk as well. Heat over medium heat, stirring frequently.  Bring to a low boil and continue to stir frequently for 3 minutes.  You should feel the mixture thicken.  Remove from heat and stir in vanilla extract.
  4. Spread in prepared pie crust and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. 
  5. Before serving, whip the cream cheese with your mixer until it is smooth and creamy.  Add sugar and vanilla and mix well, being sure the scrape down the sides of the bowl.  Slowly drizzle in super cold cream while beating cream cheese.  Turn mixer to high and whip until stiff.  Spread or pipe onto chilled pie filling.


36 comments:

  1. First of all, the fact that this has coffee in it makes me want to even more! It looks like the perfect amount of chocolate and the perfect amount of creaminess to make my taste buds happy! Yummy yummy yummy!

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    1. It is really so good, Andrea! Thank you!

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  2. Carlee, this looks wonderful and I'm ready to have some now!! Remember it's not the looks that really count it's the beauty in the taste. If it was gone before you could get good pictures is good indication that you created a beauty!! Thanks for the recipe :)

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    1. The taste is what matters, that is for sure! If only I could pass out little tastes via the internet! Thanks for stopping by, Sam!

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  3. Oh Carlee I love that pie and it's going on my must make list!! I have pie anxiety. I don't make them often enough to be good at it. Then there is the problem with blogging is that the crust always seems to look much better "in person" but the camera picks up every little imperfection and it's so easy to see if something is uneven when you don't even notice that when it's in front of you. I have a really cool pie plate - well my step mom does - and I don't even have to crimp. It has what I'd describe as a little shelf at the top and all the indentations are there. Look at my Two Layer Dulce de Leche pie on my blog. It is a really cool pie tin - of course it's ancient and I don't know where you'd get one these days but maybe they have something like it online. Taste though - that's what really matters!! :) Pinning!!

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    1. How is it that the crusts look worse in the picture? It's just not fair! I'll have to look for such a pie plate and Two Layer Dulce de Leche pie sounds amazing. Thanks, Mollie!

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  4. This is amazing..I love this flavour and its simple.Thanks a lot for this wonderful recipe.

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    1. That's the best way, isn't it? Thank you!

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  5. Are you kidding me? I love that you didn't use "whipped topping," but I didn't know we could add cream cheese to the whipped cream. This changes everything.

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    1. Ha... mind. blown! It's delicious!

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  6. Hello Carlee, first off I love your new logo, it looks great! :) I love this type of pie! We used to have this great bakery that made it and now they are not in business anymore. :( At least I can make it now with your recipe.
    Have a great weekend.
    Julie

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    1. Thank you , Julie! The best part it how easy these pies are to make.. other than the pretty crust. I really need to figure that out!

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  7. Hi Carlee, looking forward to seeing this over at Food on Friday! Cheers from Carole's chatter

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  8. Hi Carlee, my pies never look well finished either, I seem to go for the 'homemade' look every time. I did laugh when I read the rigmarole of taking food photos. It has to be my least favourite thing to photo. I even have a table outside that I use as my kitchen does not get much natural light. I see beautiful photographs of food on Instagram and wonder how long it took them to get the photo!

    I wouldn't turn my nose up at a slice of this chocolate pie!

    xx

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    1. I need to work on my pie technique. More chocolate pies for everyone! I often wonder how much time it took them to pick props, set it up and then getting that perfect light is the stuff of nightmares ;-) Luckily I live in a very friendly corner of the internet!

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  9. Carlee, looks delish! I always like to give my chocolate a little shot of coffee to make it all that much more chocolatey! Had to laugh about the photography problems - sometimes I just want to dive into something I've made, but no, gotta wait for the photo opp! :D

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    1. Thank you! It's really hard when you have a couple hungry guys patiently (or not so patiently) waiting for you to take pictures too! Oh well, it's fun and enjoy taste testing if nothing else!

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  10. If only we could have a slice of this tonight! I am already craving it!

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  11. This looks heavenly. I am doing whole 30 for Lent. I am saving it to try for Easter. Chocolate pie is one of our favorites.

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    1. What a great way to mark Lent. This will be a perfect celebration for finishing!

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  12. Any type of chocolate pie is a favorite in our house. Can't wait to try your version!

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    1. I hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

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  13. I have to give this a try just because I've never made a pudding pie with sweetened condensed milk! Looks delicious!

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    1. I hope you love it, we were really pleased with how it turned out!

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  14. Thanks for sharing at Meal Plan Monday!

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  15. I want! Looks like the perfect chocolate cream pie! <3

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    1. It is so good, I wish I could share a slice! Thank you!

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  16. This looks delicious! Thanks for linking it up to our Pi Day Link Up Party!

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  17. Can't go wrong with chocolate pie! Thanks for sharing on the Pi Day Link Up Party!

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  18. YOu're right.. this ain't my mama's chocolate pie! My mama had no chocolate pie recipe! haha! So this one will have to be my go to recipe! I can't wait to try it! thanks for sharing witih our Piday link up!

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    1. Oh man, well then I am glad I could share a chocolate pie with you! Because, well... chocolate and pie!! ;-)

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