Recipe for most decadent chocolate pie?
I have a box of Scharffen Berger and Valrhona chocolate bars (70% and 66% as well as pure baking chocolate). There is a pie contest coming up at work. What is your most decadent chocolate pie recipe? I'm looking for something very bittersweet with a very nice smooth texture.
The current plan is to add some espresso and a hint of cayenne. I'll also have to figure out how to get some citrus in there to brighten it up (either just adding lemon zest directly into the chocolate filling or making a meringue with zest...or an orange/lemon sauce to layer in-between the chocolate.
I'll be doing some trial runs this weekend, so I'd appreciate any chocolate pie recipes. My additions shouldn't change the recipe much. It's going to be a fun weekend =)
PS. What's the difference between a chocolate pie filling and a chocolate tart filling? Is the tart filling much more dense? There's a recipe on the Scharffen Berger website for a chocolate tart and it cites a Joel Robuchon book.
Make an oreo cookie crust. Make your favorite dark chocolate mousse and pour it into the pie
Refrigerate to set the mousse. Make some whipped cream stabilized with gelatin. Pipe whipped cream rosettes onto the already set mousse and serve. Garnish with shaved chocolate curls and maybe a very light dusting of cocoa powder.
The sure fire winner recipe for decadent choc pie is Maida Heatter's( "Better Than Sex" )Coffee Buttercrunch Pie( she said she named it that because that's what people kept commenting about it!).
"it is in her "Book of Great Desserts" she calls it 'Coffee Buttercrunch Pie" page 355
There are many versions available on the net,,,some similar to, and some exactly like Maida's.... here is a link to one of them...
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By ChowFun_derek on Jan 22, 2007 07:29 PM "
Thanks! I looked up the recipe (her book is available to view on Google Books) and it seems quite easy. It's no-bake too! That's great because it means I can do something like layer it on top of a thin layer of citrus custard or gel. It'll be a lot easier to calibrate how much citrus gets in each bite (vs. just throwing zest into the filling).
Now to wait for Friday to come so I can make a test batch.
re: Becca Porter
Thanks! Amazon's preview happens to have that recipe viewable! So I'll try that one this weekend too.
I'll have to make twelve pies this weekend (maybe i'll aim for smaller ones). That should allow me to test the two recipes, increasing amounts of coffee for each of the two recipes, plus test lemon custard vs. lemon zest for all of them.
I did this for my husband's birthday. I didn't have any but the conversation ground to an immediate halt and everyone just began making sounds until they had cleaned their plates.
As I recall, I substituted Godiva Caramel liqueur for the vanilla and folded generous chunks of banana into the filling. I also stabilized the whipped cream.