I gave into temptation. I knew it was Pi Day. But unlike National Chocolate Cake Day, I told myself I would not succumb to the temptation of needing to bake a pie like I did a chocolate cake. That worked fine until 2PM. A Chocolate Chess Pie came through my newsfeed on Facebook.
Chess Pie, what's that? I didn't know and I did not care. I saw a picture. I had the ingredients. That settled it. I got to work.
Chocolate Chess Pie
(Recipe source: Apartment Therapy)
Chocolate Gram Crust-
10-11 sheets gram crackers (I prefer the "original", not the honey.)
5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
3 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon dark cocoa powder
1 stick unsalted butter
1 (1 ounce) square unsweetened chocolate (or 3 tablespoons cocoa)
1 cup sugar
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1. For the crust: Pulse the graham crackers in a food processor until finely ground. Add the sugar and cocoa powder. Give it another pulse. Add the butter and combine until mixed. Press into a pie plate with the back of a spoon.
2. Chill for 20 minutes. Bake in a preheated 325 degree F. oven for 15-20 minutes. Cool for 20 minutes.
4. Top with whip cream or a dusting of powdered sugar. (optional)
So, the verdict is.....
I still don't know what "chess" pie is or how it got it's name, but I don't care, it is to die for.
Linked to: Mangia Mondays, Sweets for a Saturday, Weekend Potluck