Dark Chocolate Raspberry Pie

Just because Valentine’s Day is over, doesn’t mean I’m going to stop eating chocolate. If anything, I’m going to go to the store and get more right now. It’s on sale.

You can’t say no to a good sale.

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Last week I bought sandals solely because I had a coupon. It’s 30 degrees outside. I don’t need sandals anytime soon.

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But it’s Friday, which means we made it through another week of winter. We are that much closer to summertime frozé on the beach. Continue reading “Dark Chocolate Raspberry Pie”

7 Valentine’s Day Pie Crust Ideas

Everyone knows I’m a fan of fun pie crust designs. So naturally I’ve been stocking up on Valentine’s Day pie ideas for weeks.

Break out your heart-shaped cutouts because I’ve found some of the most creative, Cupid-approved pie crust ideas our there. Here are my favorites:

Go Heart Crazy

Pro-tip: Crust is easier to cut when slightly frozen (it’s sturdier!)

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Roses are Red, Pie is Tasty

And this one is drop-dead-gorgeous

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Get Sassy

The pun-ier, the better

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Tart Cherry Pie

I like to optimistically think of February as the end of winter…but this morning I had to dig my car out of a foot of snow. So basically winter is never leaving.

At least February brings a few fun holidays to help us forget about the dreadful weather (aka Mardi Gras & Valentine’s Day).

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Nothing goes better with Valentine’s Day Galentine’s Day than a pie with a bunch of hearts on it and a sassy quote 🙌🏼  Continue reading “Tart Cherry Pie”

Chocolate Banana Cream Pie

It’s almost February which means both Valentine’s & GALentine’s Day. Aka chocolate season. Aka it’s time to throw a bunch of chocolate into some pies (see: chocolate pie crust).

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We all know Banana Cream Pie is delicious—definitely in my top 5 favs. So naturally a Chocolate Banana Cream Pie is right up my alley.

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You can’t go wrong with this beauty: chocolate crust, chocolate filling, banana slices, banana cream, whipped cream, & then *sprinkles*…cause duh. Continue reading “Chocolate Banana Cream Pie”

Chocolate Pie Crust

Happy National Pie Day! It’s the perfect excuse to eat pie for dinner so I hope you’re celebrating accordingly. But can we talk about pie crust for a hot second?

We all know that a buttery, flaky crust is the secret to a perfect life pie. It’s the unsung hero if you will. Now let me blow your mind for a moment…we’re adding chocolate to that masterpiece.

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Yes. You heard me right: Chocolate. Pie. Crust. and just in time for Valentine’s Day.

What better way to say, “oh hey, you’re cute” than with a chocolatey pie??

There is none, and that’s a fact.

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This crust goes well with pretty much all pies—duh. But a birdie told me it’s a killer addition to Banana Cream Pie, Pecan Pie, and S’mores Pie.

The best part? It’s just as easy as your favorite butter pie crust recipe, but with some cocoa powder added in.

Chocolate Pie Crust Recipe

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You’ll mix the ingredients together the same way too, cutting into the mixture until only pea-size pieces of butter remain.

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Then you’ll bring all the dough together, aiming for the same texture as your every day pie crust. Now get to work!

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Chocolate Pie Crust

Ingredients:

1 1/4 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp baking powder
2 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tbsp white granulated sugar
1 stick (1/4 pound) cold unsalted butter (cut into 1/2-inch pieces)
1/2 cup cold water
1/2 cup ice
1 tbsp flour to roll dough

Directions:

Preheat your oven to 425 degrees.

Stir the flour, salt, baking powder, cocoa powder, sugar together in a large bowl. Add the butter pieces and coat with the flour mixture using a bench scraper or spatula. With a pastry blender, cut the butter into the flour mixture, working quickly until mostly pea-size pieces of butter remain (a few pea sized pieces are okay; be careful not to over blend).

Combine the water and ice in a small bowl. Sprinkle 2 tablespoons of the ice water mixture over the flour mixture, and mix and cut it in with a bench scraper or spatula until it is fully incorporated. Add more of the ice water mixture, 1 to 2 tablespoons at a time, using the bench scraper or your hands (or both) to mix until the dough comes together in a ball, with some dry bits remaining.

Squeeze and pinch with your fingertips to bring all the dough together, sprinkling dry bits with more small drops of the ice water mixture if necessary, to combine.

Shape the dough into a flat disc, wrap in plastic, and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to give the crust time to mellow.  Once ready to use, remove the pie crust from the refrigerator and roll the out into a large circle to fit the 9 inch pie dish.

Carefully place the pie crust into your pie pan, pressing the dough into the edges. Cut the excess from the edge and flute using your fingers. Freeze for 10 minutes to solidify. Then using a fork, gently poke holes into the bottom of the crust. Bake for 12 minutes or until pie crust is cooked through.

Remove from the oven and set aside to cool before adding the pie filling of your choice.

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Strawberry Balsamic Valentine’s Day Pie: Pies Before Guys

We all know pies before guys is the queen of all puns. And you could not possibly find a better day for this pun than Valentine’s Day. JK…it’s my motto every day. Whether you’re celebrating Galentine’s Day, Valentine’s Day, or both…you need this pie in your life asap.

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