Hot Chocolate Pie

Hot Chocolate Pie

I know I have not been the most up to date on this little ol’ blog but after trying this recipe a few weeks ago, I knew I had to share it. This recipe is called ‘hot chocolate pie,’ although I did first try it cold, it is basically a molten lava cake in a pie tin. It is so easy to make, pretty much fool proof. I did happen to have all of the ingredients already in my pantry, not necessarily all of the right quantities but it turned out amazing just the same. Rebbetzin E had graciously shared the recipe on a post-it note after my husband insisted we try to make it ourselves. It sat pinned onto the refrigerator for a week until we could take it no longer…we had to make this pie again.

Hot Chocolate Pie

½ Cup Oil
6 oz Chocolate Chips
1 cup of sugar
2 Teaspoons Vanilla
2 Eggs
¼ Cup Flour
1 Graham Cracker Crust

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a double boiler place oil, chocolate chips, sugar and vanilla and stir until melted. If you don’t use a double boiler, carefully mix over a low flame making sure the chocolate does not burn. Once melted, take the bowl off of the heat and add the flour and eggs. Mix and pour into the graham cracker pie crust. Bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees. The center will be loose. Serve hot with scoops of vanilla ice cream.

Rebbetzin Notes:
If serving hot on Shabbos, make sure to put the ice cream next to the pie. When slicing the pie, make sure to wet the knife before cutting to create clean slices. An alternate way to serve the pie is to put in the refrigerator and top with whipped cream and chocolate shavings.

Leah’s Notes: I didn’t have enough chocolate chips (probably 3 oz) so I added a few table spoons of cocoa powder instead. I also cut the sugar to about 1/4 of a cup and it was still very sweet from the chocolate chips itself. I did also add a pinch of salt and since I didn’t have any ice cream or whipped cream, I just made a quick compote of mixed berries to pour on top.

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Say Cheese(cakes)!

Traditionally for Shavuot we decorate with flowers and eat dairy. Some families eat a completely dairy meal and others will eat a dairy meal, clear off the table and reset for a meat meal. Again, Aish.com gives 7 different reasons why we celebrate this custom in their informative article. I like reason number two which states, “Torah is likened to milk, as the verse says, “Like honey and milk [the Torah] lies under your tongue” (Song of Songs 4:11). Just as milk has the ability to fully sustain the body of a human being (i.e. a nursing baby), so too the Torah provides all the “spiritual nourishment” necessary for the human soul.”

Here are a few delicious and creative sweet cheesecakes that would be showstoppers at your Shavuot meal.

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The Classic: New York Cheesecake with Strawberries

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The Exotic: Individual Keylime Cheesecake with Mango

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The “Two-For-One”: Hot Fudge Cheesecake with Brownie Crust

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The Gourmet: Nectarine, Mascarpone + Gingersnap Tart 

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The Snack Option: Salted Caramel Cheesecake with Pretzel Crust

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The No-Bake-Snack Option: Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries 

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Last but not least… The Stay-Up-All-Night: Cappuccino Fudge Cheesecake