Weekend Wonderings

This weekend features a return to chocolate from me. I’d apologise but…. I’m not sorry. I will never apologise for chocolate. Not even when I have pie filling smeared in my hair. Which has totally never happened. *ahem*

Anyway, this all started when our new table arrived last week and I decided we should christen it with a roast this weekend. Ever since then, my husband has been nagging asking me to make chocolate pecan pie. He’s obsessed with this pie. It’s my Mum’s recipe and I think it might be at least partly why G married me.  It’s also very easy to make, actually. Okay, you do have to make pastry, which I know is a bit tricky. But you could always buy it if you wanted to, and trust me it would be hard to find a pie filling easier than this one. Or more delicious, to be honest. It’s a perfect Sunday afternoon dessert.

Pastry

5 oz plain flour
4 oz butter
1 oz icing sugar
1 egg yolk

Pie filling

4.5 oz plain chocolate
2 oz butter
4 eggs
7.5 fl oz maple syrup
Vanilla essence
9 oz pecan nuts

To make the pastry, rub the flour, icing sugar and butter together until you have breadcrumbs, then add the egg yolk and… squidge. Yes, that is a technical term. If you need more moisture to get it to form a dough, add a few drops of cold water.

Once you’ve made the pastry into a dough, wrap it in clingfilm and pop it in the fridge for 30 minutes. Then, take it out, roll it out to about 1-2 cm thick and line your pie dish with it.

Blind-bake the pastry case for approx. 15 min at 180 C, then take it out and give it a moment to recover.

In this time, you can melt the butter and chocolate together. Next you need only whisk the eggs, syrup and vanilla essence into the chocolate gloop. And that’s it, pie filling made. Try not to drink it, okay?

Fill the pastry case with pecans and pour the chocolate mixture over the top. Bake for approx. 30 min at 150 C until the filling is firm with no wobble.

Eat hot or cold. Thank me later.

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