I have decided to go on a quest for great pie recipes in 2014.
Yes, my New Year’s resolution may be a little nontraditional. While you see post after post of eating healthy and exercise for the New Year (which is great!), I’m talking pie. haha
Now hear me out.
Pie is so much more than a dessert; it is an art. And somewhere between my Grandma’s generation and mine (even though my Mom can make a great pie! Hi Mom!) we’ve lost the meaning of pie. I believe pie is an everyday special occasion. It is meant to be shared. To have conversation over. An occasion to slow down, take your time, and enjoy the company beside you. A blessing to a friend or a neighbor who may need a little reminder that they were thought about. Because in my kitchen, pie is love. Truly. I make pie because it is a special way to bless my family and guests with a slice of homemade comfort, while inviting the opportunity to have meaningful conversation after dinner or enjoying the beauty of the evening with one another on the porch. Sure, you can have these moments without pie. And sometimes these moments just happen. But memories are often made from tradition and tradition is intentional. So begins my quest, once a week, on Friday nights (to celebrate the beginning of the weekend, woohoo!) to delight my heart in trying new pie recipes (a new one each week!). Not out of burden or chore, but knowing these are the little traditions that my family will have to look forward to and will eventually turn into the memories that they cherish. I hope. 😉
Disclaimer: I completely, wholeheartedly, believe that feeding your family healthy meals and encouraging an active lifestyle is a blessing and a responsibility that should be the rule. But pie, in moderation, is the special occasion exception. And a slice of pie once a week is my definition of moderation. Yours may be different and that is okay.
I started the challenge last week with a “healthy version” of a caramel apple pie on Instagram. If you are on Instagram, join in the fun and post a picture of your Friday Pie under the hashtag #fridaypiedaychallenge. And, of course, come say hi and follow me: @huckleberryprairie and let me know what your IG name is so I can follow you, too. (if you want. haha, no pressure. Just fyi, I never follow back a person who has a private account unless they invite me to follow them. I figure it’s private for a reason. So, no hurt feelings, just being respectful.)
Now let’s see some pie!
This week I wanted to try something chocolate-y. You know, pregnancy. After reviewing a few contending recipes, I decided to give this one a try.
It is a super easy recipe and you probably already have all of the ingredients on hand.
1 9 inch pie crust, unbaked
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 cup white sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
*Pre-heat oven to 325 degrees.
1- Beat eggs and then add butter and white sugar. Mix together.
2-Add vanilla and mix until combined.
3- In a separate bowl, combine flour and cocoa powder until well blended.
4- Pour egg mixture into flour mixture and combine thoroughly.
5- Fold in chocolate chips.
6- Pour into unbaked pie crust.
7- Bake for 30-40 minutes, or until set.
8- Serve hot with a scoop of ice cream.
Here is my pie heading into the oven. Looks a lot like brownie batter.
And… hot out of the oven, ready to be enjoyed!
When serving this hot, expect the middle consistency to be a little gooey. Not undercooked, more like hot fudge on a warm brownie. It is rich, chocolate-y and scrumptious! A perfect ending to a blustery winter day!
Verdict: Yes! I will make this pie again! Ice cream is almost a must for this pie… the perfect combination of hot and cold, rich and sweet. I recommend this to chocolate lovers, brownie lovers and anyone who has unexpected guests and needs something quick to make without having to make a trip to the store.
Enjoy your Friday Night Pies! I’d love to see what everyone is baking up!
Happy Friday Pieday from my Pie kitchen to yours!