Chocolate Pie Traybake.

I was in an experimental mood yesterday, so found this American recipe given to me by a friend. It's a sort of traybake pie, with pastry top and bottom and a chocolate filling. I love chocolate in any form and this sounded interesting.

Preheat oven 180C/gas4           Grease and flour a 18x30cm cake tin.

To make the pastry put 250g flour, 250g butter of margarine, an egg yolk and 4 tbspn of water into a processor and blitz. Wrap in cling film and put in fridge to rest.

For the filling beat 6 egg whites till stiff; add 200g caster sugar gently. Mix in 5 egg yolks, one at a time. Add 1 tspn vanilla extract, 140g grated or melted dark chocolate and  the juice a a lemon and mix together carefully. Fold in 80g ground hazelnuts or walnuts with a spatula or spoon.

Cut pastry in half and roll out one piece to fit the tin. Spoon over the chocolate filling then top with the other piece of pastry.

Bake for about 30 mins till golden.

You can make a white glacé icing or just sprinkle with icing sugar. Cut into squares when cold.

It's a very short pastry and not too easy to roll out. Maybe the amount of butter is wrong? I rolled it between 2 pieces of clingfilm. There's quite a lot of filling, so I think if I did this again I'd make the slices much smaller. It's very rich with a nice contrast of textures between the pastry and the filling. The chocolate layer isn't too soft; it's given some body by the hazelnuts. There's a hint of lemon in the background.  An unusual traybake which makes a good dessert.


I really like the sound of this especially that contrast of textures and the rich choc filling. Would do me very nicely as a pud.
Suelle said…
This looks amazing! Just the sort of thing I like to bake (and eat!). I might use my own pastry recipe though - equal quantities of butter and flour sounds just a bit too rich for me.
Snowy said…
I agree Suelle. It is a very rich pastry. Typically American!

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