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This fabulous dessert is pure culinary heaven. It's also very rich, so a small piece is plenty for anyone, especially if paired with ice cream. Actually, we routinely pair it with fat-free vanilla frozen yogurt and raspberry puree. Be sure to use a good quality frozen yogurt if you want to fool ice cream snobs, though. The raspberry puree is pure serendipity. Raspberries, whether whole fruit, sauce, or puree, make the perfect accompaniment to dark chocolate.
Everyone who tastes this recipe says things like, “Ohhhhh, ummmmm, ooooohhh”. They make sounds reminiscent of that famous scene in When Harry Met Sally. Then the real words come, words such as, how did you make this? Will you make another one just for me? Can I have another for later?
Crust or No Crust?
This is one of Bo's specialties. His original recipe had no crust, but he has added a crust made of chocolate cookie crumbs and finely chopped pecans.
If you would like a crust, that recipe is down below.
Chocolate Truffle Pie Recipe
- 1 3/4 cup heavy cream
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 egg yolks, beaten
- 16 oz. semi-sweet chocolate chips
- Combine cream, egg yolks, and vanilla.
- Pour mixture into a double-boiler, and add the chocolate chips.
- Gently stir the mixture with a rubber spatula until well blended, and the mixture has reached 160°F (to kill any bacteria in the eggs). Pour into candy molds, or for truffle pie, pour into a greased tart pan, or a pre-made chocolate cookie crumb crust, or . (My only concern with pre-made pie crusts is not knowing how many and what kind of preservatives we and our guests could be consuming.)
Note: The recipe for the homemade chocolate cookie crumb crust is below.
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Some Questions We've Received
- Do I have to use a crust? No. It works just fine as a crust-less tart. Just be sure to grease the pan with a little butter or butter-flavored spray.
- Will it really get firm enough to use as little individual truffles? Yes, provided it is chilled for at least four hours, or until firm (refrigerator temps vary).
- How many calories does it have? A lot. It is definitely a special treat, and it is not for someone trying to lose weight.
Now, About That Crust...
This recipe for the crust adds a nice touch to an already-delicious pie. It can be made with most any chocolate cookie crumbs. In the past, we have used Nabisco's Famous Chocolate Wafers and Oreo Cookie Crumbs. We haven’t been able to find the Oreo Crumbs in the stores lately, and have wondered whether they are no longer made.
The Famous Chocolate Wafers are not sandwich cookies, so there is no filling to remove, but they are more expensive. We bought them once, joking that it took too long to lick the icing off all those Oreos, before grinding the cookie part. When he's in a hurry, Bo simply uses the pre-made Oreo crumb pie crust. Unfortunately, we don't have a photo of the crust without its filling. I will be sure to get one very soon.
Chocolate Cookie Crumb Crust Recipe
- 1 1/2 cup Oreo cookie crumbs or Famous Chocolate Wafer crumbs
- 1 cup finely chopped pecans (optional)
- 3 tablespoons melted butter
- 1 egg white
- Combine all ingredients.
- Stir well until all ingredients are completely integrated.
- Press into the tart pan or pie pan, as you would for a traditional pie crust.
- Bake at 350°F for 15 minutes.
The crust is now ready for your pie or tart filling.
We hope you enjoy this truffle as much as we do. Just remember to enjoy it only occasionally as a very special treat.
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