This post is a day late due to some unfortunate New Year's Day superstitions. You see- I'm a southerner by birth, and we take our superstitions very seriously. For instance, it is considered good luck if the first person to cross the threshold of your home in the New Year is a man, and even better luck if he's tall, dark, and handsome, and bearing gifts. (Actually, I guess thats good luck anytime.) Yesterday I actually chased one of my daughter's friends away from the door (squawking like a maniac) so that her father could come inside first. Then I spent the next five minutes apologizing for scaring her and for being rude. This must be why Mama Chapman always had one of her sons on standby each New Year's morning- to avoid such an awkward situation.
We southerners also believe that whatever you spend New Year's Day doing will set the tone for the entire year. Spend the day cooking and cleaning, and you'll be trapped in the kitchen all year long. Spend the day slaving away at work, and good luck taking a vacation this year. So I spent the day eating, drinking, and sleeping. (I wish. Fingers crossed.)
Anyhow, I'm here today to make it up to you with a delicious and easy pie recipe. I swear this pie taste just like a giant Nestle Tollhouse Cookie, fresh from the oven. It's so good, in fact, that I've already blown my New Year's resolution to eat healthier thanks to the three slices I've already downed.
This pie recipe is so amazingly easy. No tricks or tips needed. You can pretty much just dump all of the ingredients in a mixing bowl, give them a quick spin with a spoon, and dump the batter into the pie crust. Throw it in the oven and take a quick nap, then enjoy all of your hard work. But DON'T tell your family how easy it is to make. Let them think you've been sweating away in the kitchen to bake them a gourmet dessert.
Now if you really wanted to get fancy and creative, there are tons of possibilities. You could make a pie crust from scratch. Or even try it in a graham cracker pie crust. The nuts are optional, but I love to add Pecans or Walnuts for a little extra taste and texture . I also love to use a Vanilla Bean Paste instead of vanilla extract. The paste is more intense in flavor, and I love the little speckles of vanilla bean. (Beanilla makes an awesome paste.) Try different flavor chocolate chips- dark chocolate, white chocolate, peanut butter chips. Make this recipe your own!
Normally I like my cookies to be a bit undercooked, but that's not the goal with this pie. You want the pie to be fully cooked and set, otherwise it will collapse into a puddle of chocolatey mush when you cut it to serve. The pie is done with its golden brown on top, and a knife inserted near the center comes out clean, not counting the melted chocolate chips.
Set the pie on a wire rack to cool for about half an hour before serving (remember all of my burned tongue warnings). Serve while still slightly warm. Top with ice cream, whipped cream, caramel (it is amazing with my Bourbon Brown Sugar Caramel, link to recipe below), chocolate sauce, or whatever tickles your fancy.
That's all there is to it. See, I told you it was easy. Don't forget to let me know how delicious your pie turns out.
Bourbon Brown Sugar Caramel Sauce http://www.iriegirlcookies.com/script/so-much-bourbon