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Rustic Chocolate Pie

  • Servings: 10

Fudgy filling in a piecrust—that's a dessert made in heaven. It's easy to make with the help of parchment paper. Parchment paper is perfect for a nonstick surface on which to bake this free-form pie. All you need to do is tear off a piece of parchment paper to fit the shaped pastry with either side of the parchment paper up. Place the pastry directly on the parchment paper—no need to add extra spray or to grease the sheet of paper—and bake as directed. The piecrust will bake evenly and release from paper with ease. Plus, because you're baking right on the paper, clean-up is a breeze.

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Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 5 tablespoons cold unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 to 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)
  • Parchment paper

Directions

Step 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 flat disk, pressing in any loose pieces. Wrap in parchment paper; refrigerate 30 minutes or up to 3 days.

Step 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 paper slightly larger than dough. Unfold dough. Loosely fold and roll edge, without pressing, to form rimmed crust. Place parchment paper with pastry on baking sheet. Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until light golden brown (crust edge will be a little raw inside).

Step 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.

Step 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.

Step 5

Remove crust from oven. Reduce oven to 350 degrees F. Dollop filling on crust. Spread to 1/2 inch thick. Bake 10 minutes more 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.

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