Sunday, March 3, 2013

Brownie Pie

Um yes, Brownie Pie is here.  I don't know why some things take me forever to make. I have been thinking of making pies for probably 2 years and honestly, I've just been scared that the crusts won't turn out right.  Well that was ridiculous because making this press in pie crust was super easy.  The brownie filling is also super easy and bakes very nicely in little time.  I ate this with a glass of cashew milk and now I'm inspired to make all things cashew!  To me, it still tastes a little nutty, just like almond milk does, but it's a really nice milk alternative that's slightly sweet and creamy.

Brownie Pie
serves 8-10 rich pieces

Pie Crust
From Elana's Pantry's book: The Gluten Free Almond Flour Cookbook pg. 78
1 1/2 C blanched almond flour
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 melted butter (she uses grapeseed oil)
2 T honey (she uses agave nectar)
1 tsp vanilla extract

Brownie Filling
3 eggs
3/4 C melted butter
1 C honey (or slightly less if you want this super dark)
1 tsp vanilla
1 C cocoa powder
2 C blanched almond flour
1/2 tsp salt

Preheat the oven to 350
Mix the pie crust ingredients in a ceramic or glass deep pie dish and press evenly to form the crust
(There is enough butter in this recipe that you do not need to pre-butter the pie dish for the crust)
Bake the crust for 15 minutes until it looks dry and slightly browned
Remove from the oven and let cool about 30 minutes, prepare the brownie filling

To make the brownie filling, whisk the eggs, melted butter, vanilla and honey
In a separate bowl, mix the blanched almond flour, cocoa, and salt
Blend the dry into the wet ingredients and mix until smooth- it should be slightly thick
Check the pie dish to make sure it has significantly cooled and butter the visible top edges of the pie dish
Pour the batter onto the crust, it will come up above the crust edge (hence the butter on the pie dish)
Smooth the batter to the edges so it has an even top
Bake for 22 minutes until the top looks dry and stable but the center is still slightly undercooked
Remove from the oven and let cool so the brownie filling can solidify
Slice and enjoy!

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