Fudge Brownie Pie
For the crust:
- 1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
- ¼ teaspoon table salt
- 1 Tablespoon sugar
- 8 Tablespoons cold butter (1 stick) cut into small cubes
- 3 Tablespoons cold water
For the filling:
- 4 Tablespoons melted butter
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3 large eggs
- ⅓ cup cocoa powder
- 2 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt or a very scant ½ teaspoon of table salt
For the crust:
- Mix together the flour, salt and sugar.
- Cut in the butter cubes either using your hands, a fork, or a stand mixer.
- Once the butter is incorporated to about the size of small peas, slowly add the water (you may not need it all) until the dough just comes together.
- Roll out on a floured countertop and transfer to a 9-inch pie pan. Put in refrigerator while making the filling.
For the filling/making the pie:
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Mix together butter, vanilla and brown sugar until well mixed.
- Add in eggs one at a time, mixing well between additions.
- Stir together cocoa powder, flour, and salt and add to wet ingredients.
- Mix until combined but do not overmix.
- Pour filling into prepared pie crust.
- Bake for 35-45 minutes – the center will still be a little jiggly.
- Cool for at least an hour, serve either warm or at room temperature with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.
Unfamiliar with the term “scant” for measurements? How Stuff Works has a great summary!
If you like Fudge Brownie Pie, you’ll love my Ultimate Chocolate Cookies – check them out!
Changing things up – A Nonfictional Backstory
If a pie and a brownie had a baby, it would be Fudge Brownie Pie.
Real talk: the blog where I got the inspiration for this recipe is EXACTLY the type of blog that made me start “Give Me The Recipe, Dammit”. No lie, it was TEN PAGES of ads, history, and interspersed REVIEWS. No joke. Reviews. Like not at the bottom of the page but peppered throughout like a ponzi site. And then the instructions….dear God. “Melt the butter but don’t really melt it, just soften it until it’s ALMOST melted”….guess what. I melted my butter. And made more changes. And it turned out GREAT.
And now, in honor of the inspirational blog, the fictional backstory will be written in their style!
Back to your regularly scheduled programming – Obligatory Fictional Backstory!
in my best Southern drawl – which to be honest isn’t very good
Hey, ya’ll! Today, we are going to be making Fudge Brownie Pie. It’s sooo good. Really, don’t take my word for it, check out what Pam has to say!
Just how good is Fudge Brownie Pie? It’s like a warm, gooey, melty brownie mixed with hot fudge, put into a pie shell. Even my chocolate hating husband loved it!
– Josh from Kansas City
“I thought I would hate it, but it’s actually pretty good”
So now that we’ve established just HOW GOOD Fudge Brownie Pie is, let’s dive in!
Not to the recipe, silly! To the history!
This kind of pie is sometimes referred to as “chess pie”. Why is it called “chess pie”? Well, as you know, chess is a very intelligent, academic sport. Ladies, if you’re looking for a man, look for one who plays chess – he’ll be the one to land a good job and be able to support your every desire! Anyway, since chess requires SOO much intellectual thought, it requires a lot of energy for concentration. Smart wives used to make this for their smart husbands to provide them with enough energy to focus and win their chess tournaments, hence the name, “Chess Pie!”
– Alex, Age 3
“I like pie”
Other theories have arisen, saying that it’s called “chess pie” because the pie itself is very dark brown, and the ice cream that is typically served with the pie is vanilla, which is white. And chess pieces are usually dark brown and white, so, chess pie!
When you make this pie, it’s important to prepare your ingredients correctly. You MUST use dark brown sugar. Light brown sugar will absolutely RUIN this pie. Most brown sugar that you purchase in the store is light brown sugar so make sure that you go to a specialty baking store to get the correct brown sugar or your pie will not turn out!
“I tried making Fudge Brownie Pie once with light brown sugar. It would not set, it looked awful, and everyone made fun of me for it. I bought super expensive rare extra dark brown sugar and tried it again, and it turned out great! You really need to make sure that you follow the recipe to a ‘T’!”
Now for the butter. You need the butter melted. But not truly melted, you don’t want a big ol’ puddle of butter, looking all greasy and yellow. No, you need to melt it until it’s not quite melted, and still looks all lovely light yellow and creamy. Creamy melted butter is the key!
– Tim, Dallas
“I didn’t follow the butter instructions and my pie separated and the whole thing looked yellow and greasy”
If you follow my instructions exactly, don’t open the oven to check on it, and hold your breath the entire time it’s baking, it will turn out perfectly!
Happy baking, ya’ll!
Fudge Brownie Pie is the bomb!Marvin, Baltimore
Such a delicious chocolaty pie! If you love chocolate you should definitely make this!
There is no such thing as too much chocolate and this pie proves it. I will be making it every week!
Such a delicious recipe!! Five stars! My wife makes it daily!
– Stew, Hazard
Make sure that you BARELY cook this pie as it gets firm if you actually cook it according to the recipe instructions. Of course I was looking for a pudding pie recipe and this wasn’t it but i’m still going to say it’s not a great recipe.