Category Archives: Desserts

Celebrating Lent: Chocolate Crown of Thorns (Recipe)

If I’m going to take the time to make something, then by golly, I want to be able to eat it! The salt dough Crown of Thorns, although fun to make, is not quite what I would call tasty.

So, how about some chocolate?

Yes! A chocolate Crown of Thorns.

You’ll need about 1/2 cup of chocolate chips and a few handfuls of pretzel sticks. (Baker’s chocolate would work, too. This is just what I had on hand.)

Gently melt the chocolate until it is able to be stirred. I just popped mine in the microwave, but a double boiler would work. Patience I have not!

Once the chocolate is melted, throw in the pretzels.

Slowly stir so you don’t break the sticks. Don’t worry about trying to coat every part of the pretzel, a little bit of brown poking through will help make the Crown’s appearance rustic.

Now, if you have a Silpat baking mat, like I do, now is the time to whip it out. If not, parchment or tin foil will do. Line your cookie sheet.

Warning: This is going to get messy.

Take one coated pretzel stick out from the chocolate at a time.

Lay each stick down, forming a circle. Overlap the sticks at sharp angles to help form the Crown of Thorns. Keep building and adding pretzels until you reach the desired look for your Crown.

Now, just let it sit to allow the chocolate to harden.

Messy, yes? But doesn’t that look tasty?

Chocolate Crown of Thorns. Perfect treat for Good Friday,

Or as an Easter egg nest for Easter Sunday.

You decided.

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Chocolate Fudge Pie

After seeing the famous, award winning pie, you all want the recipe don’t you? Well, judging from the email queries, you do!

And,  because you asked for it…. And, because it’s Saturday…

Here it is: Chocolate Fudge Pie

If you want to make the award winning pie, here’s what you’ll need to grab:

1 stick of butter, 2 eggs, sugar, flour, cocoa, salt, vanilla, and pecans if you want some crunch– totally up to you. Oh, and a pie crust.

Start with a stick of room temperature butter. (Or you can pop it in the microwave… Shhh! I won’t tell!)

Pour in a cup of sugar.

Then add 2 eggs.

Mix together until creamy.

Throw in about a teaspoon of salt

and vanilla.

Add 1/4 cup of flour

1/4 cup of cocoa.

(And, yea, I don’t know why I don’t use the handy little spout pouring end….)

Stir it all together and watch the magic.

If you decided to go with the crunch, (and I would! Trust me!) chop up 1/2 cup of whole pecans.

Toss ’em in.

Mix it up. And walk away. Walk. Away.

Fight that urge to lick the spoon.

Pop a pie crust into the bottom of a pie plate. Go on and make it all pretty and crimp the edges.

Pour in the batter. And walk away. Walk. Away.

Fight the urge to lick the bowl.

Pop the pie into a 350 oven and wait 25 minutes.

And then you get this:

And if you are like me, you cut into it before it is completely cooled.

And you do this:

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