For the first time since we started touring over two years ago, we find ourselves with four months off and living in regular society! It’s been a bit of an adjustment but we love it all, living in one place, having a closet, getting involved in the community for longer than a day, making meals, all that stuff that most people probably take for granted.
Earlier this week was Zoltan’s 27th birthday, so we decided to have people over! It was wonderful, inviting our friends to our house (that we share with two bachelors) and serving tea and desserts, and playing board games.
In honour of this special event, Zoltan decided to make himself a pie. The particular pie he decided to make, Emeril Lagasse’s Chocolate Pecan Pie, was something I had heard about for years, since before we were married, but I had NEVER tasted it! Most food items Zoltan talks about he actually makes, but this was the exception. And let me tell you, it was the RICHEST and most DELICIOUS chocolate pie I’ve ever had.
So we’ve decided to spill the beans and share this recipe with you so you can enjoy it as well. It’s a bit time consuming, and has lots of sugar in it, but don’t be afraid. Try it. You’ll love it.
Emeril Lagasse’s Chocolate Praline Pie
Step 1: Pralines
2½ cups packed brown sugar
2 TB butter
¼ cup water
2 cups pecan pieces
1. Line a baking sheet with wax paper and set aside.
2. Combine brown sugar, butter and water in a heavy pan over medium heat and stir until the sugar is dissolved and the mixture begins to boil (3-4 min).
3. Add pecan pieces and stir for 5 minutes.
4. Drop pecans by the spoonful onto the wax paper to cool.
5. Once they have cooled you want to get the excess sugar off. You can do this by rubbing them between your hands, or agitating them in a colander
Step 2: Pie Crust
1 cup graham cracker crumbs
¾ cup oreo cookie crumbs
4 TB butter
2 TB sugar
1 egg white
1. Mix all ingredients together.
2. Press into a 9-10in pie pan and bake at 375˚ for 10-15 minutes.
Step 3: Pudding
2 cups whipping cream
½ packed brown sugar
½ Lyle’s golden syrup (Do not substitute with corn syrup, it needs to by Lyle’s. You can find it at most grocery stores)
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1. In a medium pan, combine whipping cream, cornstarch, brown sugar and syrup and cook until it becomes slightly thick custard (about 10 min.)
2. Stir in chocolate chips until they melt.
3. Place a piece of wax paper right on top touching the pudding so it doesn’t get a skin on top
4. When the pudding is cooled, fold ½ of the pralines into the pudding and pour it into the pie shell, and sprinkle more of the crumbled pralines on top. (You will probably have pralines left over).
5. Let the pie chill, and enjoy!