pie day!

on the eve of national pie day, i made chocolate pecan chess pie. yum.


for the for the crust:

1 1/8 cup flour + more for flouring the rolling surface
1 teaspoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
8 tablespoons cold butter
3 tablespoons water

mix dough until sticky. roll into a ball, wrap in plastic wrap and press into a disk. refrigerate for a half hour.  preheat oven to 450°F. roll out disk of the dough and put into a tart plate. place foil & pie weights into crust and bake for 15 minutes. remove foil and pie weights and place back into the oven for another 12 -15 at 350°F, until golden brown.

for the filling:

1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
1 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1 tablespoon bourbon (i used knob creek)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup chopped pecans

Preheat oven to 325°F. Place baking sheet in oven. Stir butter and chocolate in heavy small saucepan over low heat until melted and smooth. Remove from heat; cool 10 minutes.

Whisk sugar and eggs in medium bowl to blend. Whisk in chocolate mixture, then bourbon, vanilla and salt. Stir in pecans (filling will be thick). Spoon filling into crust.

Place pie on baking sheet in oven. Bake until edges of filling puff and begin to crack and center is just set, about 30 minutes. Transfer pie to rack and cool completely. eat and then go to hell for eating it. that's what kateri said was going happen. at least we'll have happy bellies.

we'll be continuing to celebrate the wonder of pie tonight, with a meyer lemon curd, berry tart. yum.

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