I have a kitchen confession to make: I do not own a microwave. What started out as a personal challenge morphed into a lifestyle change that I’m so glad we made.
‘But how do you survive?!’ Some have asked. In our non-zap-fried home, we make popcorn on the stovetop (the kids giggle in anticipation before every pop and it’s the cutest thing ever!), we don’t eat microwaveable food and I whip out a double-boiler whenever I need to melt something. So there you have it-just a few tweaks and you too can live life microwave free. Give it a try!
And speaking of double-boilers, I came across this incredible brownie pie recipe a few months ago and I melt the chocolate over the stove top and off the heat add the rest of the ingredients, pour this rich batter into my pie crusts and bake.
We are brownie loving freaks at our house and my head just about exploded when I saw this recipe and realized you can put brownie batter INSIDE of a pie crust and creat BROWNIE PIE. What??????????????
And another disclaimer: I typically use a store bought pie crust for this recipe. Hey, sometimes you have the time to crumble butter and flour together and talk pretty to it until it’s a cold flaky dough. And sometimes it’s more about the filling, brownie batter in this case, and your frozen pie crusts come in a pack of two so you divide that recipe up and make two glorious desserts! We’re going with the latter today.
So thank you, Crazy for Crust, for the basis of this insanely delicious recipe! I’ve made a few changes from the original (like using Hershey chocolate bars AND chocolate chips because y’all know from my Classic Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe that it’s my secret weapon and melts beautifully), skipping the microwave and using a double boiler.
And it’s the perfect treat to make to calm your nerves on Election Day or anytime. Make two-trust me, you’re gonna need it!
-1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
-1 cup chopped Hershey milk chocolate bar (or more if you want some intensely chocolate flavor)
-3/4 cup unsalted butter
-1 3/4 cup white granulated sugar
-1 tablespoon vanilla
-1/2 teaspoon salt
-2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
-1 cup flour
Over a double boiler (a heat-safe bowl over a large saucepan filled with simmering water-be sure the bottom of the bowl rests over but does not touch the water to prevent burning the chocolate) over medium-low heat, melt the chocolate chips, chocolate bar and butter-stirring occasionally;
Once the butter is completely melted into the chocolate, turn off the heat and add the sugar;
Once blended and still off the heat, add the eggs one at a time and stir to combine;
Add vanilla, cocoa and salt and stir to combine; then slowly add flour until well incorporated.
Pour batter into frozen pie crusts (divided evenly over two crusts), and bake in 350 degree oven for 20-25 minutes until the pie crust is golden brown.