Chocolate Pie

We really wanted to make two pies and we had a bunch of chocolate pie recipes. These two actually

Rich Chocolate Truffle Pie

- couldn't do this one again as Shams had already done it

French Silk Chocolate Pie

- and this one doesn't bake. And both of us were unwilling to serve people uncooked eggs.

So I started looking and found this recipe on Instructables

Filling

6 oz semisweet chocolate - chips or bar
4 oz (1/2 cup) sweet unsalted butter
3 eggs
1/8 teaspoon salt
4 oz (1/2 cup) sugar

Topping:

(I didn't have any cream so I just used the frozen whipping cream I keep in the freezer for emergencies. Not the best stuff but it works)

12 oz (1 1/2 cups) heavy cream
3 tablespoons sugar
Chocolate shavings (opt)

Step 1: Melt Chocolate + Butter (we totally didn't do the double-boiler thing just heated it up slowly in a pot)

Now you'll want to devise some sort of double-boiler-type rig for this step.  You can use a heatproof bowl set over (not in) a saucepan of water, or a pan set over another pan, or an actual double boiler.

Bring the water in the lower pan to a simmer, and add the 6 oz of chocolate and 1/2 cup of butter to the top pan.  Stir until melted.

Step 2: Egg mix (this took longer than 5 minutes on highest speed, not sure why)

Beat together the three eggs, 1/8 teaspoon of salt, and 1/2 cup of sugar with an electric mixer, until fluffy - about 5 minutes.

Step 3: Chocolate + Eggs (my favorite part)

Slowly fold the egg mixture into the chocolate.  It will resist cooperation at first.  Your persistence will pay off and eventually you will have a beautifully incorporated filling.

Step 4: Bake (we used the graham cracker crust I talked about yesterday but didn't pre-bake it)

Pour the filling mixture into your pre-baked crust.

Bake pie at 325F for 20-25 minutes, until the filling is puffy and beginning to crack.

Cool for 1 hour, then place in fridge to chill.  This allows the filling to achieve its perfect consistency.

Step 5: Whip cream (like I said I didn't have cream so I used frozen crap...)

Time to make whipped cream!

You'll want an electric mixer for this step, or your arm will surely fall off.

Beat the 1 1/2 cups of heavy cream with the 3 tablespoons of sugar until light, fluffy peaks appear.  This might take longer than you think, but it's worth the wait!

Step 6: Finish

Top pie with whipped cream and chocolate shavings or other preferred garnish.

It was super sweet. Could totally see my Dad enjoying this.