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483: Decadent Chocolate Pie

Brynie Greisman

Anything with chocolate and/or peanut butter is just too tempting. I kept telling myself — it’s not so bad because the filling has real chocolate and no whip…

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

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Food and prop styling by Renee Muller Photography by Hudi Greenberger

This is a slightly more healthful version of a chocolate mousse pie. I give you two options for the crust and a variety of garnishing ideas. I tested it both ways because I had to, but I think it prudent for me not to have this pie around!
Anything with chocolate and/or peanut butter is just too tempting. I kept telling myself — it’s not so bad because the filling has real chocolate and no whip… Then again, even I can indulge on Purim. V’nahafoch hu!

INGREDIENTS

YIELDS 1 PIE, ABOUT 12 SERVINGS

Crust
  • 1 prepared graham cracker crust or 5 cups pretzels + 1 cup peanut butter

Filling
  • 2 large eggs, separated + 1 additional egg white, optional ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 cup chocolate chips or 1¾ bars (the 3½ oz/100 gram ones) chocolate 3—4 Tbsp honey ½ cup Tofutti sour cream

Garnish
  • 8 oz (225 g) pareve whip topping
  • 2 Tbsp vanilla pudding mix

Topping
  • Any or all (make it festive and fun!): crushed pretzels, peanut butter chips, mini chocolate chips, candied peanuts, chocolate syrup, pareve caramel syrup, chunks of leftover crust, sprinkles, sugared nuts, etc.


PREPARATION

Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C). Place pretzels in the food processor with the knife attachment and process to a fine powder (no pieces). You should have 1½ cups of pretzel “flour.” Pour into a large bowl. Add peanut butter and mix together thoroughly to form a dough-like mass. Press onto bottom and sides of a 10-inch (25 cm) pie pan. (If you have too much, save for topping.) Bake for 8— 10 minutes or until it sets and turns golden. Set aside to cool.
To prepare the filling, have the separated eggs ready to use. Place chocolate and honey in a double boiler and stir occasionally until chocolate is melted. Remove from heat and add the yolks, whisking vigorously so they don’t curdle. Return to heat and continue whisking for about 30 seconds or until mixture pulls away from the sides of the pan. Remove from heat and stir in sour cream until incorporated. Cool slightly.
Beat egg whites and salt until stiff peaks form. Gently and gradually fold into chocolate mixture. Spoon the mixture into prepared crust and spread to the edges. Place in freezer until set and firm.
Beat whip topping and pudding mix until stiff. Pipe stars all over the top of the pie, or just spread evenly over the frozen chocolate layer. Sprinkle with toppings of your choice, the more the merrier.

Note If you’re using a graham cracker crust, you might want to add a thin layer of crushed salted peanuts to the pie when the chocolate is beginning to set. Cover it with the whipped topping and garnishes of your choice. You can also just omit the whipped topping layer altogether.

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