Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Working at Wells Fargo Might Make You Crazy Pie...

I decided to make this pie for my co-workers at Wells Fargo. We always joke about how working there makes us crazy and some day we will all end up in a home for former Wells Fargo employees. Anyway, this pie is a basic pumpkin with chocolate marbling through it.


Ingredients
1 Easy Peasy Pie Crust
3/4 c. sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ground ginger
1/4 tsp. ground cloves
2 large eggs
1 can (15 oz.) pumpkin
1 can (12 fl. oz.) evaporated milk
3/4 c. semisweet chocolate chips
1/4 c. milk


Directions
1. Preheat oven to 425F.


2. Make 1 Easy Peasy Pie Crust.


3. In small bowl mix together sugar, salt, cinnamon, ginger, and cloves.


4. Beat eggs in a large bowl. Then stir in pumpkin and sugar-spice mixture.


5. Gradually stir in evaporated milk.


6. Set the pumpkin mixture aside.

7. Place chocolate chips and milk in small saucepan over medium heat.
8. Stir continuously until chocolate is completely melted.
9. Pour half of pumpkin mixture into prepared pie crust.
10. Drizzle spoonfuls of chocolate into about 3 lines across the pumpkin mixture.


11. Use a butter knife to go through the mixture in the opposite direction of the chocolate lines. It should begin to look like the picture below. Do not try to swirl the chocolate too much or it will not marble well. Also, be careful not to cut the crust with the butter knife.
12. Pour in the rest of the pumpkin mixture.


13. Make another set of chocolate lines on top of the pumpkin mixture.
14. Use the butter knife to once again go through the chocolate lines to form a pattern similar to that below.
15. Bake at 425F for 15 minutes. Reduce temperature to 350F. Bake for another 40-50 minutes.
16. Allow to cool for 2 hours. Serve immediately or refrigerate.


The Verdict
I was a bit fearful about trying this pie, afraid that the chocolate would either be overpowering or hardly even noticeably. However, I was pleasantly surprised with the way it turned out. The chocolate marbled through the pumpkin very well, and it was the perfect mixture of flavors. And, it looked very pretty! The girls at work thought it was excellent, and I would definitely make it again. Yum!
Note:
I did end up with some extra melted chocolate, so I added a little more milk and about a Tbsp. of sugar and dumped some peanuts in to make chocolate covered peanuts. I just thought I would throw that out there if any of you try this and hate to waste extras like I do!

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