This week’s pie went to my fantastic neighbors across the street. They’re the neighbors who leave me treats on my front porch, who keep an eye on things when I’m gone, and who come to my rescue when I come home and find that burglars have broken my kitchen window and rummaged around my house. True story. They’re pretty great to have around, and they definitely deserve a pie. A chocolate chess pie. It has a gooey brownie like filling with a crunchy crispy top, and it’s great with a scoop of ice cream.

Chocolate Chess Pie

1/4 cup butter
1 1/2 ounces unsweetened chocolate
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 tablespoon flour
pinch of salt
1/2 cup milk
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 unbaked 9″ pastry shell
Melt the butter with chocolate. In a mixing bowl, combine the chocolate and butter mixture with sugar, flour, salt, milk, eggs, and vanilla; beat with electric mixer for 5 to 6 minutes. Pour filling into prepared pastry shell; bake at 350 for 35 to 45 minutes, until set.
Make sure that you don’t overfill your pie with the filling, leave some room. As it bakes the filling will expand and rise, and if there’s too much it could drip over the edge of the crust onto the bottom of your oven. That’s never pleasant.
:: Carrie ::