Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Decadent Quadruple Chocolate Brownie Pie: TJ's Easy as Pie

5/17: Update: & The Winner is: Sloane & Doreen Garelick for Decadent Quadruple Chocolate Brownie Pie! (new photo)

I shop at Trader Joe's.. always fun. The latest email newsletter featured Trader Joe's 2011 Easy as Pie Finalists. 2011 HiiP (Highly Innovative Ingredient Pairing) aka 'Easy As Pie' Recipe Showdown The Original Task: Create a recipe for pie that is easy as pie. It's down to the final five pies. Of course, there was a chocolate pie! You'll love this. The chopped Dark Chocolate covered mini pretzels add a crunch and the salt brings out the chocolate! One thing about the Trader Joe's  email with the finalist recipes: no names attached. I'm guessing that's to be fair in the voting.

These were the EASY AS PIE HiiP Recipe guidelines:
• An Easy As Pie HiiP Recipe uses up to 5 Trader Joe’s products. Nothing else. Binders (i.e., salt, pepper, butter, cooking oil, etc.) do not count as ingredients.
• And just to be fair to all of our chefs under the age of 21, the use of alcohol is not allowed in Easy As Pie HiiP Recipes.
• Easy As Pie HiiP Recipes must take 20 minutes or less for preparation; the actual cooking can take longer.

Decadent Quadruple Chocolate Brownie Pie

1 1⁄2 cups (20 cookies) TJ’s Joe-Joe’s Chocolate Sandwich Cookies
1 1⁄2 sticks TJ’s Unsalted Butter, melted
1 box TJ’s Truffle Brownie Baking Mix
2 TJ’s Large Eggs
6 ounces TJ’s Pound Plus Dark Chocolate, chopped
1⁄2 cup TJ’s Heavy Whipping Cream
20 TJ’s Dark Chocolate Covered Mini Pretzels, roughly chopped

To make the crust, crush Joe-Joe’s in a food processor or blender and measure out 1-1⁄2 cup of cookie crumbs. Butter a 9-inch glass pie plate. Melt about 3 tablespoons of butter (about 30 seconds in the microwave), and in a large bowl, stir it together with the cookie crumbs. Using your fingertips, press the cookie and butter mixture firmly into the bottom and sides of the pie plate. Set aside.

To make the brownie filling, preheat oven to 350°F. Melt remaining stick of butter (1 minute in microwave or use a small saucepan). Melted butter should be creamy looking. Whisk eggs into butter until blended. Add brownie mix and stir until moistened with a rubber spatula. Place brownie mix into center of cookie crust and gently spread evenly from center to edges of pie plate. Bake for about 30 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Allow to cool for 30 minutes. While the brownie pie is cooling, prepare the ganache and pretzel toppings.

To make the chocolate ganache topping, heat cream in a pot just until it steams. Put chopped chocolate in a large bowl, pour hot cream on top, and stir until chocolate is melted and incorporated into cream. Roughly chop the 20 pretzels and set aside.

After the pie has cooled for at least 30 minutes, pour the chocolate ganache over the pie and spread evenly from center to edges of pie crust. Sprinkle the chopped pretzels over the ganache. Refrigerate the pie for at least 30 minutes before serving.

Serves 16 serious chocolate lovers!

And, this recipe truly is EASY AS PIE!

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