Chocolate Chip Pie

Chocolate Chip Pie – what a concept! This is like a pecan pie in texture, like and under-cooked chocolate chip cookie in flavor, and like a 5-year-old’s dream.

While I think this pie is perfect as is, there are those who wouldn’t mind a scoop of ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream to top off a piece.

Makes 2 pies; each serves 8.

3 cups all-purpose flour
¾ teaspoons kosher salt
2 cups tablespoons sugar
1 cup unsalted butter, chilled, cut into small pieces
5 to 6 tablespoons ice water

10 tablespoons (½ cup plus 2 tablespoons) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
5 large eggs, at room temperature
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2½ cups light brown sugar
1¼ cups all-purpose flour
2¼ cups lightly toasted chopped pecans or walnuts
2¼ cups semisweet chocolate chips

1. To prepare the dough: Place the flour, salt, and sugar in a food processor and process until combined. Add the butter, little by little, and process until pebbly. Gradually add the ice water and process until the dough pulls away from the sides. Divide the dough into two disks, cover, and refrigerate until ready to use, at least 1 hour. (If you are not going to use the dough within 1 day, double-wrap, first in waxed paper, then in foil and freeze.).

2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

3. On a highly floured surface, roll each disk out into a 12-inch circle and place each one in a 9-inch pie pan.

4. Prick the bottom with a fork and line it with either parchment paper or aluminum foil. Place pie weights or beans on the paper, press down, and transfer to the oven. Bake for 10 minutes; then remove the paper and weights and cook for an additional 5 minutes. Set the crusts aside to cool.

5. Place all the filling ingredients in a large bowl and mix until well combined. Pour half the filling into each cooked pie shell, and transfer them to the oven. Bake until golden brown, 40 minutes.

6. Serve immediately or at room temperature; or cool, wrap well with plastic wrap and set aside for up to 3 days.

From Warehouse to Your House: More than 250 Simple, Spectacular Recipes to Cook, Store, and Share When You Buy in Quantity (Simon & Schuster, 2006)