- 9 inch pie dish
- 150g finely ground digestive biscuits (this is 10 standard sized digestive biscuits)
- 80g caster / superfine sugar
- 90g butter, melted
- 40g Hazelnuts (very finely chopped)
- 150g good quality milk chocolate
- 4 tblsp Nutella (hazelnut chocolate spread)
- 230g cream cheese
- 50g caster sugar
- splash of milk
- 250ml whipping cream
Chocolate pie, is there anything better? Creamy chocolate pie that is rich enough to melt in your mouth but not so much so that it makes you feel sick. I think we’ve managed this balance with this pie recipe. Making a pie for someone you love and adore on Valentine’s Day is a highly appropriate way to celebrate how you feel for someone other than a partner. By this I mean that you can demonstrate your adoration to parents, grandparents and friends with a chocolate pie such as this one and not end up having an awkward moment.
Awkward moments. Tough aren’t they?
Sometimes, when I’m being HIGHLY INAPPROPRIATE and I know that Jodie, my sister with whom I work, is having a stressful day I give her an ‘inappropriate work hug’. This can be described as a simple hug but not one that you’d find occurring in many workplaces across the land. Jodie knows what I’m doing – being naughty because I think it’s funny – and remains still until my hug giving has come to an end. I, on the other hand, find it HILARIOUS and have to remind myself constantly that others may not. Jodie being one of them.
Anyone wanna come work here?
‘Inappropriate work hugs’ come with the package.
Anyway, on with the pie!
Preheat oven to 180c / 350f
For the pie base
- Start by crushing your biscuits into crumbs. The easiest way to do this is to whizz them for a few moments in a food mixer but you could put the biscuits into a sandwich bag, seal it, and then bash the contents with a rolling pin.
- Add the finely ground biscuits to a mixing bowl.
- Gently heat the butter in a pan over a low heat and then add it to the mixing bowl along with the sugar.
- Stir all the ingredients together so the butter absorbs into the digestive and sugar mix.
- Use your fingers or rubber spatula to press the digestive mix firmly into the pie dish.
- Put the pie dish into the oven and bake for 10 minutes.
- Remove pie base from the oven and allow to cool completely.
For the filling
- Crush the hazelnuts into very finely ground pieces using either a pestle and mortar or a food blender and set to one side.
- In a large bowl beat the whipping cream until it has formed soft peaks. (You may want to use a food mixer for this as it may take a while to whip by hand)
- Set the whipped cream to one side.
- Melt the chocolate and nutella on a low heat in a heatproof bowl set over a pan of boiling water.
- In a separate mixing bowl combine the cream cheese, milk and sugar and beat until smooth (once again, for ease it is advisable to use a food mixer for this part)
- Add the melted chocolate, whipped cream and hazelnuts to the cream cheese mix and fold all the ingredients together.
- Pour the mixture over the pie base and smooth over with a pallet knife.
- Cover the pie with cling film and refrigerate overnight.
Take it out of the fridge the next day and it will be a dream to cut. As you can see.
I had to give Jodie a slice to apologise for another ’Inappropriate work hug’ the previous day.
A chocolate pie such as this one will also work as an apology. MULTI TALENTED!
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