We encountered a bump in the road recently, with a catastrophic fuel pump failure in the truck we use to tow our Bighorn 5th wheel, stranding us just south of Dallas for several days. Luckily, we were able to have the RV towed to a park with hookups, so we could live somewhat normally for the duration.
But after five days of trying to keep my spirits up by making lemonade out of our proverbial lemons, I decided I needed something stronger to soothe my soul. Chocolate. There are times when only chocolate will do, and this was one of them.
Beware: This pie is so sinfully rich and intense that you may want to draw the blinds and turn up the volume on the TV to disguise any embarrassing noises or facial expressions you might make while eating it. Yes, it's that good. Remember the "I'll have what she's having" scene from When Harry Met Sally?
Sinful Chocolate Fudge Pie
8 oz. semi-sweet chocolate morsels, melted
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter or margarine, softened
3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
2 tsp. instant coffee
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/4 cup flour
1 cup chopped walnuts
1 unbaked 9-inch pie crust
Preheat oven to 375°F. (I used my RV's gas oven. I have not tried this recipe in my convection oven.)
Microwave chocolate in microwaveable bowl on HIGH 2 min. or until almost melted, stirring after 1 min. Stir until chocolate is completely melted; set aside. (Alternate: melt over very low heat on stovetop in heavy saucepan, stirring frequently.)
Beat butter and sugar in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy.
Add eggs, one at a time, beating until well blended after each addition.
Add chocolate, coffee, and vanilla extract; mix well.
Stir in flour and chopped walnuts.
Pour into pastry shell.
Bake for 25 - 30 minutes or until pie appears set. Toothpick test is unreliable here. It will come out coated with filling, which is exactly what you want. Don't be fooled into over-baking!
Cool pie on rack, then refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving. Top with whipped cream or ice cream if desired.
(Adapted from the original recipe at http://www.kraftrecipes.com/recipes/caribbean-fudge-pie-54697.aspx)