"He showed the words "chocolate cake" to a group of Americans and recorded their word associations. "Guilt" was the top response. If that strikes you as unexceptional, consider the response of French eaters to the same prompt: "celebration."
- Michael Pollan "In Defence of Food: An Eater's Manifesto
sub-par chocolate several times.
I have never really had cravings for chocolate. I've never been caught in a grocery store staring at the candy bars by the check-out. I haven't had to drive to a store to get a candy bar, or to keep a secret stash for when I desperately need to satisfy my chocolate craving. Which is why it was strangely odd the other day when I actually got a chocolate craving.
What a nightmare! I think I snacked on five different things in my fridge before I realized that there just wasn't any avoiding it. I needed chocolate, and I needed it now. It wasn't just chocolate I was craving, or else I'd just pop in some chocolate chips and be done with it. What I wanted was hot, delicious chocolate. I had brownies on the brain.
After a quick scour of the Internet, I came across this beauty. It was all my cravings in one! A crispy crust, hot melted yumness of the inside, the chocolate flavour... this was the pie for me.
Did it totally meet expectations? Nope... It didn't. But it was close! It was hot, but not in the melty stick-to-your-mouth kinda hot. It had a good crust, but not a chewy, texture satisfying kinda way. It had the chocolate flavour, but not the deep, dark, pure chocolate thing going on. I'm really, REALLY good at talking up my recipes.
But, it was also delicious. Especially being that it disappeared within two days. I mean it's still a chocolate pie. Not enough to satisfy a crazy specific chocolate craving, but still a delicious recipe. But if you have a recipe that meets my eerily specific craving, let me know! Until then, I'll just have to enjoy this one!
Chocolate Fudge Pie
Adapted from IslandEat
Butter - 1/2 cup
Baking Chocolate - 3 tbsps
Sugar - 1 cup
Eggs - 2, beaten
Vanilla - 1 tsp
Flour - 1/4 cup
Milk - 2 tbsps
Preheat the oven to 350 F
Grease an 8 inch pie plate with butter.
Melt the butter and chocolate. You can either do this on the stove top over low heat, stirring constantly, or you can pop them in the microwave, melting at 30 second intervals.
Mix the sugar together with the eggs and stir so it's totally combined. Mix the butter and chocolate in together and combine. Add the milk and vanilla together as well.
Fold in the flour mixture, stirring until no flour chunks remain. Do not over beat.
Bake in the oven for 25 minutes. Serve hot and with ice cream (something that I didn't have but desperately missed). Enjoy it!