(World’s Best) Chocolate Pie

I don’t like to brag but…

I seriously make the world’s best chocolate pie.

It was my grandmother Alma’s recipe and…girl knew what was UP! I’ve had men profess love over this pie. It’s that damn good.

My dear friend, Taylor, requested a chocolate pie so I invited him, Dawn, Jeff, and Daniel over late one night for some pie making shenanigans. But what’s a pie making party without booze? As you’ll see in the video…we got a little schnookered. So much so that I couldn’t make the video without having to put a drinking game in there, too. Watch and see! (There’s also a part of the video where the audio and image aren’t in synch. Don’t worry…it doesn’t last too long)

Bobby Fischer. Where is ‘e? I DUNNO I DUNNO!

So I know the title of this blog is pretty dumb…but we’re making Chess Pie today!!

Chess…Bobby Fischer…get it?

Anyhoo, there’s something about chess pie that’s massively southern and kinda nostalgic for me. It reminds me of Gibson’s Bar-B-Q off Memorial Parkway in Huntsville, AL. They’ve got everything: piggie mascots, old lady waitresses, paneling from the ’70′s, long lines on Sunday after ‘Big Church’, barbque stuffed baked potatoes and PIE! And even though I’ve never had the chess pie at Gibson’s, I associate this pie with this place. Funny, huh?

I’ve recently seen a chocolate version of chess pie at a place in Astoria, Queens. It’s served in a jar and topped with peanut buttery stuff. Although that sounds delicious I call bull ca-ca. That ain’t chess pie. Just ’cause it’s served in a Ball Jar doesn’t make it ‘southern’. So now I give you: Lemony chess Pie (feat. whipped cream tutorial and apple pie interlude):

The recipe calls for vanilla extract, but I experimented with lemon juice and zest and was blown away by the tastiness!

It’s total ‘GOOP’ pie and the lemon-ness is PERFECT!!! I can’t WAIT to make this again for company cause this sucker is all mine. Maybe Bobby Fischer woulda been pleasant if he had had a piece…

*Big credit to Dawn Harris for her general brilliance behind the camera*

Eat More Tassies!

First, let me apologize for the lack of pictures and/or video.



Maybe it’s silly and over-excited to be be so…EXCITED…but when your goal is to sell stuff and you finally DO sell stuff…it’s just very encouraging.

Honestly it was a weird feeling to get paid. I almost felt guilty. Like, ‘No sweetheart! These are on me!’ almost escaped my mouth. Was that because I’ve just always given away my tasty treats or because I’m just too damn ‘naaaaaahce’ for my little southern girl good? We could spend an hour analyzing that, but I think another couple orders and another couple months of unemployment will fix the whole ‘guilt’ thing.

‘So what did they order, Laura?’

So glad you asked!
He ordered a dozen pecan tassies (2 bite pecan pies) for $15 ( a steal don’t you think? )

It gave me a nice excuse to pay Bed Bath and Beyond a tempting visit. I mean…can YOU walk into a Bed Bath and Beyond and NOT impulse buy? No. No you can’t. When I began, I needed a non-stick mini muffin pan. When I finished, I had a mini muffin pan, a complete set of pastry bags and tips, a fabric shower curtain, and 4 champagne flutes (CLEARANCE!!!!). It was thrilling.

I went home and started baking the tassies. Here’s the recipe:

cream cheese crust:
3 ounces room temp cream cheese
1 stick not exactly room temp butter
1 cup flour (whole wheat flour works well!)

mix with a potato masher, forks, fingers, whatever you got, til it forms a dough. roll into balls just smaller than an even Tablespoon and refrigerate for about an hour.

pecan filling:
2/3 cup chopped pecans
3/4 cup brown sugar (i used dark brown but light brown works nicely, too)
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 egg
dash of salt
1 Tablespoon room temp. butter

mix. seriously. that’s it. mix.
pre-heat oven to 325 degrees
With your fingers, pat the dough balls into the sides/bottom of the mini muffin tin (no greasing necessary). Fill with 1/2 tablespoon or so of the filling. Try not to over-fill but if you do…whatever.
Bake for 20-25 mins and enjoy!

Lucky for me (and some friends) the recipe yielded 19 mini pies. I boxed up a dozen for sale and took the remaining pies to a girlfriend’s apartment. The Joy of Baking, indeed.

I’m also very proud of Maren Flagg for making this ALL BY HERSELF! My little princess is learning domestic stuff! *tear*