If I were to retire from using Real Simple recipes, this would be the one to go out on.
Where are my laurels? I’m ready to rest on them, dammit!
I made this dessert for a mini housewarming party we attended at our friends’ house the other weekend. It turned out absolutely decadent and divine. To top it off, the recipe called for easy ingredients and was a cinch to put together.
Steve’s review? “This might beat out my favorite [lemon meringue]. I think I’ll request this for my birthday.”
Awesome. Considering I’ll have a newborn and grad school to contend with around his birthday, I can easily manage this pie.
Check out that pie dish – isn’t it adorable? It was a gift from my in-laws a few Christmases ago. I normally keep it out on display (it would be a crime to hide it in a cabinet) but thought the dish suited the occasion. It did the job well!
Chocolate Fudge Pie, c/o Real Simple
1 store-bought piecrust, fitted into a 9-inch pie plate
6 OZ semisweet chocolate, chopped. Plus more shaved for topping.
1/2 C unsalted butter
1/8 tsp kosher salt
1/2 C plus 3 TBSP granulated sugar
1 1/2 C heavy cream
Heat oven to 375º F. Place the pie plate on a baking sheet. Prick crust with a fork and line with foil. Fill to top with dried beans. Bake until the edges are firm, 20 to 25 minutes. Remove the foil and weights and bake until just golden, 8 to 10 minutes.
Reduce oven temperature to 325º F. In a heatproof bowl set over (not in) a saucepan of simmering water, melt the chocolate and butter.
Using an electric mixer, beat the eggs, salt, and ½ cup of the sugar until fluffy, 4 to 5 minutes.
Fold a third of the egg mixture into the chocolate mixture, then fold in the remainder.
Pour the combined mixture into the crust and bake until puffed and beginning to crack, 20 to 25 minutes. Cool for 1 hour, then chill.
Beat the cream with the remaining sugar until soft peaks form. Spread over the pie and sprinkle with the shaved chocolate.*
*I recommend having the chocolate at least at room temperature to create really good shavings. A potato peeler will do the trick nicely.