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This is the most extravagant and rich chocolate dessert you’ll come across thisValentine's Day. The best part is, this chocolate pie is easier to assemble than store-bought cookie dough.
All it takes is a little microwave action, some stirring, a light toasting in the oven and a resting period. That’s it. The secret lies in the fact that the chocolate filling is actually just a pillowy, silky chocolate truffle. The ganache you make to fill the crust could easily be rolled into balls, dipped in chocolate and then viola! A million truffles. But there’s something so charming about a slice of chocolate truffle pie. It’s disarmingly rich. Top it with ice cream or homemade whipped cream to lighten the pie. Yes, lighten, because nothing lightens a layer of chocolate truffle more than a peak of whipped, sweetened cream.
Decadent Chocolate Ganache Pie
Active time: 15 minutes
Total time: 8 hours, 15 minutes (pie needs to set at room temperature)
1 9-inch graham cracker crust
9 graham crackers, finely ground (1 cup)
5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
¼ cup white sugar
1. Preheat the oven to 375. If using a store-bought crust, bake crust for 5 minutes until lightly toasted and remove from heat. Set aside.
2. If preparing your own crust, stir together 1 cup of the graham cracker crumbs, melted butter, and sugar. Press mixture into a 9-inch pie dish. Bake crust for 10 minutes, or until lightly toasted. Set aside.
10 oz. high-quality bittersweet chocolate, chopped (Ghirardelli bittersweet chocolate chips are a fine choice)
1 ¼ cups heavy whipping cream
Homemade whipped cream
1. Bring cream to a boil in the microwave, about 2 minutes, making sure not to boil the cream for more than a couple seconds. Pour over chocolate in a microwavable bowl and let stand two minutes. Stir chocolate and cream together until the mixture is thick, smooth and uniform. Microwave in 20 second intervals, whisking in between, if there are remaining chunks. Do not microwave the filling for more than 20 seconds at a time, or the ganache might break.
2. Pour the hot filling into the prepared crust and let stand at room temperature for at least 8 hours before serving, allowing the filling to set. Serve with homemade whipped cream, ice cream, and chocolate shavings.
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