This pie. If you haven't tried any of Pioneer Woman's recipes, do yourself a favor and let this one be the first. It's the perfect chocolate pie. It's so smooth and so rich -- the marks of a good chocolate pie. Not once has it disappointed and it has become a requested dessert amongst our familia and compadres. It's going to take a lot to get this one knocked off one of the top spots on my go-to dessert list. You must, must, must try it. I promise you will win the favorite dessert prize every single time. ;)
Delicious Chocolate Pie
4 ounces, weight, unsweetened baking chocolate
1 cup salted butter, softened*
1.5 cups sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 whole eggs
1 package baked pie shell
In small microwave safe bowl melt 4 ounces of unsweetened baking chocolate until stirrable (about 45 seconds on high). Set aside to cool.
In a large bowl with an electric mixer beat 1 cup (2 sticks) of regular (salted) butter and 1.5 cups of white sugar until fluffy (about 1 to 2 minutes). When melted chocolate is cooled, drizzle it over the butter/sugar mixture. Add 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract. Beat the mixture thoroughly until combined (on a Kitchen Aid mixer, you will be using the whisk attachment).
Turn your mixer to a medium speed and over a period of 15 to 20 minutes add in the four eggs, one at a time, leaving about 5 minutes between each egg addition. Once the pie filling is well mixed, pour it into the baked pie shell, scraping every last speck of it out of the bowl. Smooth out the pie filling and place pie in the refrigerator to chill for at least two hours (preferably longer).
Plop a heap of whipped cream and garnish with a few chocolate curls.
*you can use unsalted butter, too, just add 1/4 teaspoon of salt per each stick of butter.