Decadent Chocolate Chess Pie

Written by Roar Elias

A truly decadent southern chocolate chess pie that is not only wonderfully mouth watering, it's also good for you too! (Sort of.)

Baking delicious deserts is a favorite pastime my daughter Thea Sophie and I enjoy doing together. Because of our deep love of chocolate many of the recipes we bake has chocolate as one of the main ingredients.

Ingredients

To make this wonderful southern treat you will need:

  • 9 inch pie shell
  • 3.5 tblspn dark cocoa
  • 5 ounces evaporated milk
  • 1.5 cups of granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 2 beaten eggs
  • 1 tspn vanilla
  • 3 1/4 cups chopped pecans

Directions

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Mix the melted butter together with the cocoa and sugar until thoroughly blended.
  3. Add the evaporated milk followed by the vanilla, beaten eggs and chopped pecans.
  4. Once all ingredients are mixed well pour the chocolate nut mixture into the unbaked pie shell and bake in the oven for 10 minutes.
  5. Reduce oven temperature to 325 and bake an additional 30 minutes.
  6. Remove chocolate chess pie from the oven and allow to cool for 20-30 minutes before slicing.

One bite of the rich chocolate chess pie will have your family moaning in ecstasy!

Of all the pies we have made together the chocolate chess pie is one of our favorites. Chocolate chess pie is really easy to make and incorporating dark chocolate into the recipe adds nutritional value too.

It was not too long ago that chocolate was thought to be bad for you. Many dietitians warned against the consumption of chocolate believing it was full of empty calories and really had no benefit to the body.

Now however, we know that chocolate has many health benefits, specifically dark chocolate.

Chocolate is derived from plants and thus has many health properties beneficial to the human body. For instance dark chocolate like dark vegetables has antioxidants. Antioxidants help keep the cells and many organs in our body functioning. Organs such as our heart, which can become damaged when we lack antioxidants.

Additionally antioxidants help protect the body from aging. Further the flavinoids found in dark chocolate have been proven to relax hypertension and thus lower a person's blood pressure by producing nitric oxide and by balancing specific hormones in our body.

Even more surprising is that dark chocolate contains eight times the amount of antioxidants found in strawberries!

A small amount of dark chocolate each day can help keep your heart as well as your cardiovascular system operating at its peak. Yet another notable benefit in dark chocolate is its ability to lower the levels of bad cholesterol in our bodies by as much as ten percent.

Chocolate stimulates the pleasure centers of the brain, has serotonin which acts as a natural antidepressant plus it contains organic stimulants which promote good feelings and it tastes great too! With all the benefits of dark chocolate it is little wonder why so many love it.

Chocolate chess pie incorporates the health benefits of dark chocolate and pecans to make a rich dessert that is sure to become a favorite in your home as it is in ours.

I try not to overemphasis the health benefits of chocolate, as I covered in my post Death by Chocolate, but it is nice to now that certain vices at least have some merit in the health department.

Now I just have to learn portion control!

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