Friday, March 4, 2011

Brownie Pie with Peanut Butter Crust

Chocolate and peanut butter... making its second appearance in a pie in the last month. All I gotta say is that people here love chocolate and peanut butter and I looooove making pie. So making this pie for our weekly meeting was a no-brainer. Well actually it was a brainer, because the original recipe for this (which comes from Pie by Ken Haedrich) did not call for a peanut butter crust. I happened to have some leftover dough from the Peanut Butter and Jelly bars. Not wanting to waste, I thought it would work perfectly as a pie crust. Work perfectly? Certainly did and definitely elevated this brownie pie to new heights. Moving on to the brownie pie itself..... The filling comes together much like the typical brownie, except for the fact that the eggs are beaten for four minutes until fluffy, giving the filling extra lift in the oven. The nice crunch meringue like crust totally belied the ooey gooey chocolately filling inside. I threw in a handful of chocolate chips for good measure and would swap in some cocoa for flour next time to make this pie even more chocolatey. This pie won raves all around and after the meeting was over, it didnt last long in my room when the girls found it. Apparently I outdid myself with this one. Try it, even with a regular pastry crust, you wont be disappointed. Vanilla ice cream, anyone?

Brownie Pie
adapted from Pie

1 recipe Graham Cracker crust, store bought/homemade or a PB dough, if you have one laying around
5 tbsp unsalted butter or margarine, cut into pieces
3 ounces bittersweet chocolate
1 cup flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt1 cup sugar
2 eggs
2 egg yolks
1 tsp vanilla
handful chocolate chips, if desired
powdered sugar

Preheat your oven to 325. Prepare your crust. Set aside. (If using homemade graham cracker crust, there's no need to prebake it here.)
Here is my pb dough all pressed into its pan. Chill until ready to use.
Sift together the dry ingredients. Set aside.
Place the margarine and chocolate in a pot and melt. Set aside to cool.
Place the sugar and eggs into a large bowl.
Beat on high speed in your mixer for four minutes, until light and fluffy.
Add in the melted chocolate mixture and vanilla.
Gently mix until combined.
Pour the flour mixture on top of the chocolate mixture,
and gently fold it in.
Add the chocolate chips and blend.
Pour into your prepared pie shell.
Dust with powdered sugar.
Bake thirty minutes and NOT A MINUTE MORE  for ooey gooey chocolate awesomeness. Cool completely on a wire rack. 

1 comment:

Unknown said...

k -this recipe actually made me want to be in the meeting:)