Sunday, January 13, 2013

Rustic Chocolate Pie ...Down Home Goodness .."In The Kitchen with Sweet Magnolias Farm"

We've been bakin up some Down Home Goodness here at the Farmhouse and if you're a die hard Chocolate Fan ...Like we are ..well your Gonna love this "Rustic Chocolate Pie" NO Foolin !
Abbey and I are teaming up to begin bringing you "In the Kitchen with Sweet Magnolias Farm"...
We will have periodical posts sharing recipes taste tested and SMF approved here at the farmhouse kitchen .... Our Recipes are for the average woman .. with the average kitchen ingredients ..
And this week we are starting off with the most scrumptious "Rustic Chocolate Pie" Found on BHG.. and pinned to our "Watcha Got Cookin" Board on Pinterest ...
Rustic Chocolate Pie
Ingredients You'll Need to have...
  • 3/4
    cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1/4
    teaspoon salt
  • 5
    tablespoons cold unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 - 2
    tablespoons cold water
  • 6
    ounces bittersweet or semisweet chocolate (not to exceed 62 percent cacao), coarsely chopped
  • 2
    egg whites, at room temperature
  • 1/8
    teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/2
    teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4
    cup sugar
  • 1/8
    teaspoon salt
  • 3/4
    cup chopped pecans or walnuts
  • 3
    tablespoons pine nuts, toasted
  • Chocolate shavings (optional)
First you start off with Unsalted Butter , Flour, Salt and Water to begin the creation of your homemade Pie Crust .... Now don't be scared away into thinking you can't make a pie crust ..this is so simple and easy that you just can mess it up ... so stick with us here ...
1. To make crust, in bowl thoroughly mix flour and 1/4 tsp. salt. Cut butter in chunks and add to bowl. With two knives or pastry blender, cut butter into flour, tossing to coat with flour until largest pieces are size of pine nuts and remaining resemble coarse bread crumbs. As you work, scrape flour up from bottom of bowl, and scrape butter from knives or pastry blender. Do not let butter melt or blend completely into flour. Drizzle 1-1/2 Tbsp. cold water over flour mixture while tossing and mixing, until just moist enough to hold together when pressed. Add remaining water if needed. Turn out on plastic wrap. Gather into flank disk, pressing in any loose pieces. Wrap in plastic; refrigerate 30 minutes or up to 3 days.
2. Position rack in lower third of oven. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Let dough stand 30 minutes at room temperature, or until pliable enough to roll without cracking. On lightly floured surface, roll dough to 14x9-inch oval, about 1/8 inch thick, rotating and dusting with flour to prevent sticking. Brush excess flour from dough; fold in half to transfer to a piece of parchment slightly larger than dough. Unfold dough. Loosely fold and roll edge, without pressing, to form rimmed crust. Place parchment with pastry on baking sheet. Bake 10 to 12 minutes, or until light golden brown (crust edge will be a little raw inside).
(TIP: ..Our crust didn't come out quite as big as the directions say ..but here at the farmhouse were not much on perfection we just made it to the size it rolled out to and it was just fine !)
Also this isn't a big Pie .. we would consider it a pie for 4 Adults....
(P.S. you could form the crust into a heart and roll the edges ..that would be cute for Valentines Day)
3. Meanwhile for filling, melt chocolate in microwave on 50 percent power (medium) about 2 minutes. Stir frequently until chocolate is almost completely melted. Remove from microwave. Stir until melted; set aside.
( TIP: We used Ghiradelli semi -sweet chocolate chips.. they are more to the dark chocolate side and we love dark chocolate)

4. In bowl beat egg whites with cream of tartar and vanilla until soft peaks form. Gradually add sugar and 1/8 tsp. salt. Beat until whites are stiff but not dry. Pour pecans and melted chocolate over whites; fold with spatula until batter is uniform color.

(TIP: Here we improvised ..I (sara) am allergic to nuts ..and I'll admit I'm just a plain jane kinda gal when it comes to extras we folded in the chocolate by itself to start with )

In the Meantime Flossie stopped in at the Kitchen with a piece of cardboard she stole from my bedroom .. I had just opened a new blanket for my bed and left the cardboard laying on the floor and forgot to pick it up ..well my girl didn't disappoint me and found the cardboard ..and tried trading it off with us...." her crust for ours "...


5. Remove crust from oven. Reduce oven to 350 degrees F. Dollop filling on crust. Spread to 1/2 inch thick. Bake 10 minutes, or until surface looks dry and slightly cracked (fudgy inside). Cool on baking sheet on rack. Serve warm or cool. Cover and refrigerate after 2 hours or up to 24 hours. To serve, sprinkle pine nuts and chocolate shavings. Makes 10 servings.

We removed the crust from the oven which came out beautifully golden brown and took 1/2 the filling and dolloped it on 1/2 the crust ...

Then ..Abbey ad Papa Fred .. like Coconut we added coconut into the remaining 1/2 of the chocolate filling and dolloped that onto the second 1/2 of the crust ... ( you could add in any extras you like ..whatever you have as a favorite) 

We then followed the directions and put the pie back in the oven for 10 minutes ended up being more like 12 or 15 minutes for us I'm sure the time slighty varies with each individuals oven.. and removed as said when the pie looked dry and slighty cracked ...
And it came out Beautiful ... Abbey and I Love the Rustic Free Form Farmhouse Style of this pie .. it's a no perfection dessert and it's perfect for those of us who just aren't good at perfect ...
And here it is Right out of the oven ...


The first piece was cut away to reveal the gooey dark chocolate center and the amazingly flaky crust  ...

We served up a piece to each of us and dug in ...wondering was it going to be scrumptious goodness or  Not ?

Without a Doubt it was POSITIVELY  and ABSOLUTELY  the most delicious Down Home Goodness .. ! .. A deep dark rich chocolate light and so smooth ..and the crust so buttery and so flaky was like a light chocolate cloud that melted in your mouth ...  Needless to say we all cleaned our plates and this will become a New "Sweet Magnolias Farm" Staple we'll be servin up to Friends, Family and Guests for years to come ! ..
And for all Y'all that have a Sweetheart or a Sweet Friend you like to serve up somthin special to ..this would make a divine Valentine's Dessert ! ... and you can say it was ...
(Towel can be found  HERE)
If you have any questions regarding the baking of the Rustic Chocolate Pie just leave us a comment and we'll be glad to answer !
(Next time in the Kitchen ...we'll be cookin up a homemade Meal ..Pork Tenderloin ..Mashed Potatoes and Green Beans.. a good Down Home Meal )

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Many Happy Returns of the Day ..Sara of Sweet Magnolia's Farm