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Recipe for most decadent chocolate pie?

Hi everyone!

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.

Thanks!

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  1. Make an oreo cookie crust. Make your favorite dark chocolate mousse and pour it into the pie
    crust.

    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.

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    1. re: Hank Hanover

      Oreos make a great crust. For more intense chocolate flavor, use Famous Chocolate Wafers (with butter, since no creamy filling to hold it together).

    2. 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...

      http://www.cooks.com/rec/doc/0,1837,1...

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      By ChowFun_derek on Jan 22, 2007 07:29 PM "

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      1. re: opinionatedchef

        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.

      2. Milk Bar's new cookbook has a recipe for brownie pie in a graham crust. I expected it to be brownie like in texture, but it is more puddingish. Soft in the middle, and denser towards the edge. It is fabulous and very chocolatey...

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        1. 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.

          1. re: ah6tyfour

            This sounds great, went to amazon, but cannot find it in my preview pages....darn wanted to male for hubbies birthday.

            1. re: angelsmom

              It's on pages 124 and 125. Just do a search for "brownie pie" and you'll see it. The recipe for the crust is on page 112 which happens to be a preview page too. Perfect!

              1. re: ah6tyfour

                Just checked at Amazon again and it says pages 68 thru 249 are not available for preview.

                1. re: angelsmom

                  That's weird. Other people have mentioned to me that I seem to get more pages "preview-able". Maybe it's because I'm an Amazon Prime member? I don't know. Guess you'll just have to buy the book!

                  1. re: ah6tyfour

                    I'm prime, too. If you are not, you could sign up for free prime through the Amazon Mom program.

                    1. re: ah6tyfour

                      I am Prime, but I found it at Google books...many thanks.

          2. I'm sorry for passing along a recipe I haven't made yet, but I actually screamed when I saw this one. You caramelize the sugar before adding the chocolate, and I think it looks perfect.

            http://www.davidlebovitz.com/2011/10/...

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            1. re: jvanderh

              You had me at "I actually screamed" !! ha! what a lovely deep flavored recipe. knowing me, i'll have to put pecans in there somewhere.....likely in the crust. and orange zest in w/ the chocolate.
              I'm just not a plain chocolate girl. mea culpa.

              1. re: opinionatedchef

                I'm all about plain chocolate, but I think he does comment that you could add citrus or tea or various things, and I'm sure if you twisted my arm a little I'd eat that pecan and orange zest concoction :-)

                  1. re: opinionatedchef

                    I remember Fall in Boston . . . let's meet in Florida or California. . . you bring the chocolate tart.

            2. 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.

              http://forkingdelicious.blogspot.com/...

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              1. re: rainey

                I've made a flourless chocolate cake in a pie crust and that was chocolatey goodness but I'll bet you could top that with this filling and it would be amazing.