Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Tar Heel Pie

I grew up eating apple and pumpkin pie, don't really remember any other type until I started baking for myself and I still pretty much stuck to fruit pies. The November magazines are loaded with all kinds of fun ideas and I found Tar Heel Pie in Woman's Day. Now this pie isn't going to make the Top 10 List of Prettiest... But it sure is good, nice and rich, I'd describe it as a wet brownie in a pie crust!
I had embellishment plans for the crust but half the dough recipe as written barely makes enough to fill the pie plate, so you would need to make extra to do anything fancy.

Tar Heel Pie-Womans Day Nov 2012 Issue
1/2 C butter, melted
1 C semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 C sugar
1/2 C packed brown sugar
1/3 C A/P flour
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp instant coffee granules
1/4 tsp Kosher salt
1 C pecans, roughly chopped-toasted would be nice
Whipped cream for serving-optional

Standard Pie Dough-make half
2 C A/P flour
2 Tblsp sugar
1 tsp Kosher salt
6 Tblsp butter, cut into small pieces
6 Tblsp shortening, chilled
4-8 Tblsp cold water
  1. For the Dough: Mix flour, sugar and salt in large bowl.
  2. Cut in the butter and shortening until it resembles coarse crumbs.
  3. Sprinkle with 4 Tblsp water, add 1 Tblsp more at a time until the dough is crumbly but holds together when squeezed. 
  4. Shape into a 1" think disk, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm, at least one hour and up to 2 days.
  5. Heat oven to 350 degrees.
  6. Roll out dough and fit into a 9" pie plate.
  7. For the Pie: Melt butter, place chocolate chips in a large bowl and pour the warm butter on top, stir until smooth.
  8. Add the sugars, flour, eggs, vanilla, coffee and salt, mix to combine. Stir in the nuts.
  9. Pour filling into the pie shell. Bake until set and the crust is golden brown, 30-35 minutes. 
  10. Let stand for at least 1 hour before serving. Garnish with whipped cream if desired.
  • I found the coffee pronounced in this recipe, you might want to start with 1/2 tsp and add more if desired.
  • I used walnuts. Why? Say it with me now... 'cause that's what I had on hand... right.
  • Full disclosure: This is a new pie crust to me, I've never added sugar before. The top of the crust that you fold under stuck to the lip of the pie dish. It also broke off when trying to remove slices from the dish. Instead of laying the crust over the lip I would try to keep it more vertical with the sides.
  • All in all, this is a great dessert and something a little different for chocoholics:@)
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  1. Lynn,
    Sounds wonderful. I am an early riser and reading about food like this...I am very hungry! have a great day.


  2. Now that is a chocolate pie I could fall in love with. And coffee inside even better.

  3. Your pie looks fantastic, Lynn! Thanks for sharing your recipe.

  4. I have never heard of Tar Heel Pie! I wonder what the history is.... what a rich chocolate pie!

  5. "wet brownie in a pie crust" Now that is my idea of a good time!! YUMMY!

  6. I may have to make this sans pecans...hubby took one look and approved!

  7. This sounds like a pie I'd enjoy. Too bad we aren't neighbors as I'd be right on over!!

  8. I think your pie is BEAUTIFUL! I can see how rich it is. Yes! I'm coming over with Kitty :)

  9. Personally, Lynn, I think this pie is BEAUTIFUL! And if you think it needs help, you could always put Redi-whip rosettes around the edges. Mmmmm-mmmm.
    And this from someone who made a chocolate molten lava cake in the crockpot today.

  10. I could care less about beauty - give me that delicious coffee/chocolate pie! It sounds wonderful! Saving this one!

  11. Oh my, that sounds heavenly!

  12. Now, if only I had a slice of that sitting right in front of me!

  13. Hi Lynnie! I've never heard of this kind of pie before but if you say it tastes like a brownie, I'm all over it! :)
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia :)

  14. Hi Lyn,
    that looks and sounds really yummy. Just right for November time. Thanks for sharing this recipe.
    Best greetings, Johanna

  15. Lynn~ NC is the Tarheel State and that is a pie I could sink my teeth into! The addition of the coffee sounds wonderful :)

  16. Lynn, you really know how to reel us in! Wet brownie, huh? I'm saving this and think I'll change the crust to coconut. Then I'll have a giant gooey Mounds Bar. ;)
    Love to Earl.

  17. Oh my gosh that looks GREAT! Is there anything you can't make! sandie

  18. the inside of mine was completely wet after 35 min and sitting for 45. As in, it poured onto the plate, it wasn't set at all. Is that normal?

    1. So sorry to hear it didn't work out for you. Mine turned out as shown, and I sliced it after it completely cooled.

  19. The first few times I made this pie, I actually used (shhh!) store brand, rolled crust. Then I found a basic recipe and don't bother with this crust. I've never had problems with it cooking through, either. I always check with a toothpick, and always make sure the oven is completely pre heated. My family loves this pie. Good luck!


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