Sweet & Salty Truffle Pie
Total TimePrep: 1 hour 10 min. + chilling Bake: 15 min.
Makes8 servings (24 truffles)
I was given this recipe to make for the neighborhood Night After Thanksgiving dinner (no turkey allowed). Good thing I looked at it first, as it seemed complicated, made it over 2 days, truffles first. It was very much worth the effort, full as everyone was, this pie was gone in minutes. Sadly, neither our hostess nor I got any, so I made it again for Christmas Eve dinner with a few tweaks. I chopped the truffles and added them to the pie after cutting it into very small wedges (no way the 8 year old was gonna waste a big hunk this time). I subbed a TBS of bourbon for vanilla in the filling. And for the truffles, I added 3 cloves of mashed roasted garlic. Yup, you read that correctly, garlic. It was a hit the first time, and served to the same people again it was deemed even better, no one could say why. Hubby was threatened with no Christmas gifts if he revealed the garlic secret until AFTER everyone had eaten. I make this pie every year for Christmas Eve and everyone wants a garlic truffle. Roasted garlic and dark chocolate pair amazingly well, sweet and nutty.
Are you kidding??? 1,059 calories per serving?...WOW !!!..No thanks!
This has become a family favorite
Very good, but very rich. I could only handle a small piece of this pie at a time. The truffles on top were delicious. It took A LOT of time to make, but I would make it again for a special occasion.
I did not make the truffles and I increased the filling by 50% to make the chocolate portion nice and thick. Came out perfect!
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This pie was very good! I have four little boys who are very picky eaters, but a chocolate pie is always a safe bet, and they loved it. I had two problems with this recipe. The first was with the crust. I usually use my standard crust recipe any time I make a pie, but I was interested in seeing how the addition of white vinegar would be in a crust, so I wanted to try it. I don't know if it had anything to do with the vinegar, or if I should've cleaned off my pastry board better and re-sprayed and re-floured it (since I had already rolled out a crust for a different pie), but when I was rolling the crust over my rolling pin (to transfer it to the pie dish), it was tearing all over the place, and I've made lots of pie crusts, so I'm not a beginner at this. I decided to just toss it, and make a different crust instead. The second problem I had was during the truffle-making process. The recipe said to melt 1 cup of the dark chocolate chips, and then to "gradually stir in cream until blended." My gut told me NOT to do it this way, because I knew adding a cold liquid to chocolate would make it seize up, but I always like following recipes to a T, and I thought maybe adding it gradually would not make it seize up. It did. I saved it by warming it up a little in the microwave and stirring until smooth. However, for next time, I will either bring the cream to a boil and pour that over the chips and stir until smooth OR just put the chips and cream together in the microwave. I would not recommend following the recipe in this instance. Also for the truffles, I would recommend sticking a toothpick in each ball before dipping. It makes dipping them in the chocolate easier. Hold onto the toothpick, dip the ball in chocolate, immediately dip it into the salt/sugar mixture, and then stick the toothpick in a piece of styrofoam. This helps the truffle to not have a flat bottom or having chocolate pooling at the bottom. It does have a small hole, once you pull out the toothpick, but I think that's better than a flat bottom... if you care about having a nice round truffle anyway. The whipped chocolate layer had a mousse-like texture, in case you're curious to know what that was like. I stabilized my whipped cream as well before spreading it onto the pie, which I always like doing. I loved the addition of the crushed up pretzels to garnish with. The whole texture of the pie is soft, so a contrasting crunchiness was really nice. One of my sisters suggested dipping pretzels in chocolate and garnishing with those, which I thought was a good idea for next time. I thought the truffles were good, and loved the sweet and saltiness of it, but I was disappointed that the pretzels didn't stay crunchy inside the truffle. I would've liked a crunchy texture inside to have some contrast. Overall, this pie was really good, and not difficult to make. The most time-consuming part was making the truffles, but I made the truffles a few days in advance to help break up how long it would take.
Verrry rich. Verrry time-consuming. I probably won't make it again because I don't really have the time, not because it wasn't good.
I have only made the truffle portion of this recipe so far. They are GREAT! Very nice balance of sweet and salty.