Pie Nap

My friend Angry Baker gave me her personal “Most Likely to Throw a Themed Party” award.  To accept the award, I must pose with my favorite homemade treat; to decline, I must take a nap.

I couldn’t decide:

I AM AWESOME

(The caption is also part of the rules.  Oh, and the nap lasted about .03 seconds, or however long it takes the shutter on my camera to open and close.)

The dessert is Crisp Coconut Chocolate Pie from Martha Stewart Living.  It’s very easy and that filling — whoa.  It’s essentially straight ganache.  To make it:

  • 11 oz. sweetened flaked coconut
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 8 oz. good-quality dark chocolate (I prefer 50% cacao) chopped
  • 1 1/4 cups heavy cream

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Take 1/3 of the coconut and the butter and grind it into a ball in a food processor.  Combine this with the rest of the coconut (use your fingers).  Press this into a pie pan, leaving the top edge fluffy.

Shield the edge of this “crust” with a strip of foil, then bake until center is browned.  (The recipe says this should take 10 minutes, but it took me more like 30 minutes.)  Remove the foil, then bake 10 or so minutes more until the edge of the crust is brown, too.

While the crust cools, make the truffle filling.  Put the chocolate in a bowl; bring cream just to a boil, then pour over the chocolate.  Let the mixture sit for 10 minutes, then stir it with a whisk until it is smooth and combined.  Pour filling into cooled crust, then refrigerate it for at least 1 hour before devouring.  (I like to let it warm on the counter for 20 minutes or so before eating it.)

It tastes like a gigantic Bounty bar, only much, much better.  Here’s a prettier picture of the results:

Oh!  I also just realized that I could have titled his post “Pie Napple.”  This is probably a sign that I need to go to bed.

4 thoughts on “Pie Nap

  1. You are awesome. Really. I didn’t think anyone would actually follow “the rules” and here you managed to do both.

    Pie napple. I’m going to think about that all day.

    1. It wouldn’t have happened if Brian hadn’t handed me a piece of pie at the moment I was holding the camera. That’s my nursing pillow I’m snuggling with, btw.

  2. I just learned that at our altitude, things take longer to cook because the boiling point is lower–by somethng like 27 degrees (fahrenheit). So, thanks for a yummy-sounding recipe, and for the warning about the extra cooking time.

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