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Pie for Pi

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It’s Pi Day! Since I’m married to one of those adorable nerds who can quote umpteen digits from the never-ending number, we most definitely had reason to celebrate. And, of course, you know that means we’re eating pie! Now, before you go reminding me of my “no dessert on a weekday” may I remind you of Exception 3 and Pi Day is clearly a holiday. Yay! (And yay for Thursday being St. Patrick’s Day… this no desserts thing is REALLY working out for me! 😉

Chocolate Chess Pie
via thekitchn.com (p.s. this blog is a MUST if you like to cook!)
serves 8 (supposedly, but I can already tell you it ain’t gonna serve 8 Robertsssss!)
For the crust
1 sleeve chocolate graham crackers
1 stick butter, melted
1 tablespoon sugar

For the filling
1 stick butter
1 (1 ounce) square unsweetened chocolate (or 3 tablespoons cocoa powder)
1 cup sugar
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
Preheat oven to 350°.
To make the crust, crush the graham crackers into fine crumbs. (I like to put them in a large ziploc and smash them with a rolling pin. It’s very satisfying.) Add sugar and melted butter and mix until well combined. Push into a 9 inch pie pan to form a thin crust on the bottom and sides. (I also like to save a few bites for myself.) Bake for 8 minutes, remove from oven, and chill until firm and crunchy, about an hour.
Lower oven temperature to 325°.
To make the filling, heat the butter and chocolate in a saucepan over medium until melted and smooth. Remove from the burner and add the sugar, mixing until well combined. Stir in eggs, vanilla, and salt. Pour the filling into the pie crust and bake for around 45 minutes, until top is puffed and the center is just set. I also covered the edges of the crust with foil about half way through to keep it from burning.
Remove the pie from the oven and allow to cool for at least 20 – 30 minutes. It is delicious warm or at room temperature. Serve with fresh whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.
Happy Pi (or should I say Pie 😉 Day everyone! I feel like I should eat 3.14 pieces of this pie to truly honor this monumental holiday.
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