This post may contain affiliate links. Please see my full disclosure policy for details.
It’s Pi/Pie day! For those who are less terminally geeky that’s March 14th, or 3/14 or the first three digits of the number pi. (3.14) Get it? Some of us will make any excuse for pie.
In our house pie is something of a sacrament. My husband and I met over pie. We had pie at our wedding, not boring old cake (12 different types I believe). We love pie. In the second or third year of our marriage, after our second move we found a funky little pie place out in the middle of nowhere Texas (these are more common than one would think, go Texas).
And on the wall over the cash register was the sign in the image above. They wouldn’t sell it to me so I had one made for our anniversary. We’re that serious about pie people.
And our favorite pie by far is chocolate. There are a number of reasons for this. First of all, chocolate in any form is heavenly. And second, this pie is so easy to make it requires almost no effort at all. My husband remembered his grandmother making a silky smooth, rich, dark chocolate pie. But he didn’t have the recipe. So we set out to reproduce it, trying various recipes until we stumbled across one that was so close to his memory, and so incredibly easy to make, that we stopped searching.
You can make a crust if you like, but I generally don’t bother. We use a frozen pie shell and just bake it up while we’re making the filling, no need to even let it cool before pouring in the pie. You could also use a graham cracker crust, or a cookie crust. Or if you are gluten free forego the crust all together and you’ll just have the best chocolate pudding of your life.
We use extra dark cooking chocolate for this, or unsweetened because we like very dark bitter chocolate. I do not suggest using anything sweeter than bitter-sweet or the pie will be far too sweet and you’ll lose the richness. Follow the Pioneer Woman’s directions step by step and you’ll have a fool proof result. Seriously, this is a great recipe to try if you are normally intimidated by baking. But do not skimp on the ingredients. She means it when she says whole milk. And yes you need all the sugar. And yes you should buy high quality bitter chocolate for this. Just trust us this one time. 😉
The recipe yields one 8″ pie shell and four pudding cups for us. (Use a bigger shell if you don’t want pudding or are expecting a crowd.)