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Tuesday, 8 January 2008

Rosie’s Chocolate Pie

A Slice of Rosie's chocolate pie

I really wanted to invent something chocolatey to share with you after tantalising you with my Pink Champagne truffles yesterday. I do hope this makes up for it! I aimed for a light orange flavoured sweet pastry, for the filling a silky smooth choc-orange texture with good flavour. I used Green & Black’s Milk Chocolate because I didn’t want a bitter taste had I used a darker chocolate. Another avenue could be to use orange flavoured chocolate all the way through my recipe.

All the family have now eaten a slice of my new recipe of chocolate pie and gave enthusiastic reviews; so now I can safely share with you knowing it’s as delicious as I aimed for in my mind's eye.

Rosie’s Chocolate Pie

Serves 6 –8

For The Orange Sweet Pastry
175g (6 oz) plain flour
50g (2 oz) cold butter
25g (1 oz) Trex vegetable shortening
Pinch of salt
1 tsp orange finely grated orange zest
1 tbsp caster sugar
1 egg yolk
Ice cold water
For The filling
200g (8 oz) good quality milk chocolate
25g (1 oz) butter
150ml (5 fl oz) Jersey Cream at room temperature
4 tbsp Cointreau Orange liqueur
A little grated chocolate – milk or orange flavoured
A few coloured sprinkles (optional)
Whipped cream for piping (optional)
Silver balls (optional)

You will need a 23cm (9 in) fluted loose-bottomed flan tin, greased with a little butter. A baking tray to place the flan tin on in the oven. Baking paper and baking beans, for baking the flan pastry blind.


For the pastry; Sieve the flour and salt into a mixing bowl then add the butter, Trex, sugar and orange zest. Rub the fat through the flour mixture with your fingertips until it resembles fine breadcrumbs. Now add the egg yolk and with a rounded knife mix this through and the mixture should start to clump together. Bring the clumps into a ball, if the mixture is not coming together add a few drops of ice-cold water, be careful not to add too much you don’t want sticky dough. Too much water makes for a heavy pastry it wont be tender and light. Wrap in cling film and chill in the fridge for 30 minutes.

Lightly sprinkle a work surface with a little flour and unwrap your pastry and roll it out into a circle large enough to fit the flan tin. Roll the pastry up onto your rolling pin carefully, and then gently unroll over the flan tin easing the sides of the pastry in to fit. Roll over the top of the flan ring with your rolling pin; this will give you a neat cut edge. Place the flan tin into the fridge to rest and chill for about 30 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 200°C/fan 180°C/400°F/Gas mark 6.

When the pastry has chilled place the flan tin onto the baking sheet lightly prick the bottom of the pastry with a fork. Take a large circle of baking paper and place into the flan tin on top of the pastry, and then add the baking beans on top. Place into the oven to bake blind for 25 minutes taking care the pastry does not over brown we are looking for a golden colour.

Remove from the oven and remove the baking paper and baking beans and place back into the oven for about 5 minutes to finish baking. [Take care the pastry doesn’t burn with having sugar added to it.] Leave to cool on a wire rack before removing from the tin onto a serving plate.

To make the chocolate filling; you will need a large heatproof bowl to sit over the top of a saucepan filled with a little water barley simmering. The bowl must not touch the water. Place the chocolate broken into smallish pieces and butter into the bowl to melt, it may take up to 10 minutes, do not stir. When melted take off the heat and with a wooden spoon drizzle in the cream mixing in well then take a hand whisk and whisk through adding the Cointreau lastly to the chocolate mixture. Place the chocolate mixture into the cold pastry case and smooth over with a spatula. Place into the fridge to chill and when chilled enough; lastly decorate with the grated chocolate, sprinkles and piped cream and silver balls if using.

It is quite a rich chocolate pie so hopefully it should cut into 6 – 8 slices.

Note: Any scraps of pastry can be re-rolled into a circle and add a little jam in the centre, then fold into a pastie shape, sealed, egg washed and bake off in the oven on a baking tray – cooks treats!


Donna said...

Oh My Word...another of my favorite things in the whole world!!! I wonder how much weight I gain everytime I visit your "place"??? LOL

Cakespy said...

OH, Rosie! You've outdone yourself. I love chocolate pie, how did you know I was just thinking about it today?


Dear Rosie

I've really missed out on a lot...Firstly, congrats on getting the wonderful not surprised at all as you are a wonderful baker indeed.

Great recipes to try out...your blog is a treasure!!


Sophie said...

It's nice to see somebody not on a January diet :-)

Love the idea of orange zest in the pastry then cointreau in the filling!

Rosie said...

Hi Donna, oh sweetie I feel like the temptress here with you being on your New Years diet! Perhaps you may try this recipe out and just have a very tiny slice when you’re in need of a small treat :)

Hi Cakespy, I aim to please, isn’t that bizarre how you were thinking of chocolate pie today too!

Hi Swati, how sweet of you to say with your excellent baking and sugarcraft skills! Thanks for the congrats too, I’m going to sit down with a cup of tea and get reading through that recipe book later :)

Hi Sophie, heehee the family I think would go on strike if I didn’t come up with the goodies :)

Thank you all for your very kind comments and for calling by :)

Rosie x

Dhanggit said...

you are torturing me Rosie..its irresistible this choco-pie..i'm still on a diet but i will definitely not refuse a slice of this :-)

lovely presentation you did!! silver balls gave that royalty touch!!

Happy cook said...

Rosie Isn't it terrible we are not neighbours. I would have come to your house every time i got the smell of you baking something :-)
Like a bee going to the honey ;-)))
I love chocolate so i am sure i will love this dessert.

Coffee & Vanilla said...

Beautiful pie Rosie!!
Thank you for adding my link, I added yours as well.
I had your blog in my bookmarks on google long itme... :)


Jerri said...

As usual, Rosie, you've created a tasty looking and beautiful treat. Chocolate pie is one of my favorites, and this is one of the best looking I've ever seen. Bravo!

Cakelaw said...

OMG Rosie, that looks devine - and choc orange is a wonderful combination. I have bookmarked this to try.

Sagari said...

rosie pie looks soo tempting wonderfull recipe very yuumy

Rosie said...

Hi Dhanggit, I am well known for tempting with food, I’m sure it must be the mother earth inside me wanting to nurture heehee…….

Hi Happy Cook, oh wouldn’t that just be perfect, we could pass each other goodies to sample :D Every time I visit your blog you have something posted that makes me drool ……

Hi Margot, thank you and what a huge compliment coming from such an accomplished foodie as yourself :D Thank you for adding my link to your site I really do appreciate it……

Hi Jerri, *blush* thank you so much you are very kind :D Chocolate just hits that comfort spot doesn’t it?

Hi Cakelaw, I really enjoy sharing my recipes and it’s such a compliment that you will be trying my choc pie out :) I hope you enjoy it as much as my family and I…….

Hi Sagari, heehee, I think I’m going to be known as the temptress of bakes ;D

Many thanks everyone as always for your very kind words! You make Blogging a sheer joy my dear friends :D

Rosie x

Cooking and the City said...

Hi Rosie, wow that looks delicious as usual!

Aparna said...

Beautiful pie, Rosie. Chocolate rules.

Jeena said...

Rosie this looks so professional and wonderful. I love the sprinkles on top. :0) I can imagine all your family loving this delicious treat! I smiled when I read the end of your post about the left over pastry, I am always doing things like that too. :-)

Rosie said...

Hi Cooking in the City, Ahh thanks and I adore the look of your yummy loaf cake you made too :D

Hi Aparna, lol I'm with you on chocolate rules yeah :D

Hi Jeena, Oh I'm a sucker for using left-overs in some shape or form lol I just hate to throw good food away!

Thank you ladies for calling by and as always your very kind comments :D

Rosie x

Archana said...

Lovely looking pie. I made a similar tart, does not look as great as yours!.
I like the recipes in your site. I am so fond of making desserts, that your site is going to come up in my seacrh list. Thanks for sharing.

Rosie said...

Hi Archana, many thanks for calling by my blog, lovely to *see* you here!! Thanks for your very kind comment too it's really appreciated :D

You have a great looking site and your spinach paneer koftas in gravy look delicious yum!!

Rosie x

Mansi Desai said...

Oh Man!! I am totally drooling over this Rosie!!:D I sure could use one slice right now...

Rosie said...

Hi Mansi, ahhh thanks, my only wish would be to share chocolate pie around with my blog friends :D

Rosie x