Minny’s Famous Chocolate Pie

If you’ve read the book or seen the movie, The Help then you know about Minny’s famous chocolate pie that everyone loves. Of course I’m talking about the version without her shit in it. I’m not much of a pie maker, but since it is National Pi Day I decided to give it a whirl!

The recipe I found is super simple, and while my pie didn’t turn out as pretty as I had hoped, it sure did end up being delicious! I also forgot to get the ingredients for whipped cream so we enjoyed it without, but it honestly didn’t need it. This fudgy pie was a huge hit and it’s creamy filling made it easy to enjoy without whipped cream!

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If you feel like trying it out here’s the recipe…you won’t regret it!

Ingredients:

  • 1 packaged pie crust (I used Pillsbury) or you can make from scratch
  • 1½ cups granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • ¾ cup evaporated milk
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • whipped cream to serve.

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Ease the dough into the pie plate and gently fold the extra dough over and pinch the edges decoratively.

2. In a large mixing bowl whisk together the sugar, cocoa powder, butter, eggs, evaporated milk, vanilla and salt until smooth.

3. Pour the filling into the pie crust and bake for 45 minutes, or until the filling is set around the edges but a little jiggly in the center. Cover the crust with strips of foil 15 minutes into baking to prevent over-browning.

4. Cool the pie on a rack before cutting. Serve with whipped cream if desired.

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Happy National Pi Day everyone! I hope you enjoy this recipe…I’m off to watch The Help while enjoying another slice of Minny’s Famous Chocolate Pie! screen-shot-2016-11-18-at-2-05-16-pm

Here are a few things I recommend getting from this post:

The Help (book) // Glass Pie Plate, 9.5-Inch // Duralex Stackable Glass Bowl Set, 2 oz // Airtight Chalkboard Canister Jar (Set of 3) // Sur La Table Copper-Plated Measuring Spoons // Mud Pie Mixing Bowl Set, White // Classic Wood Rolling Pin // Cloth Napkins, Blush

French Lemon Yogurt Cake

We are currently sitting in the waiting room at the Cleveland Clinic anxiously waiting for my sister to have her baby, so I thought this was a pretty good time to right this post. My sister and brother-in-law read the book, Bringing up Bébé by Pamela Druckerman during her pregnancy. It’s all about her life as an American mom in France and how well behaved the French children are.

Druckermann talks about how the children in France bake almost every weekend, which teaches them patience and structure. There is a yogurt cake that most French children are taught to bake and her friend’s 3 year old daughter can bake the cake all by herself.

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My sister had made the yogurt cake from the book, but didn’t like it very much so found a similar recipe. We made this French lemon yogurt cake and it was absolutely amazing. I normally like rich desserts with chocolate and peanut butter, but this French cake is now in my top 5. It’s perfectly light and sweet. We enjoyed a slice that night and another with tea the next morning! It was so delicious I had to share the recipe with you all. We found this recipe online but changed a few things to make it a little healthier and our own!

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French Lemon Yogurt Cake

INGREDIENTS:
  • ½ cup plain yogurt or Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • grated lemon zest, from 1 medium-size lemon
  • ½ cup coconut oil
  • ¼ cup fresh lemon juice
  • ¾ cup (1½ jars) of powdered sugar

INSTRUCTIONS:

-Preheat oven to 350˚F. Spray a 9-inch round cake pan with baking spray and line bottom of pan with parchment paper and spray parchment paper lightly. Set aside.
-In a large bowl, combine yogurt, sugar, and eggs until well blended.
-Next add flour, baking powder, salt and zest. Mix until just combined.
-Add the oil and vanilla and stir well. Keep stirring until smooth, may take a little while.
-Bake for 30-40 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
-Cool cake on a wire rack for 10 minutes; then flip out of pan onto the rack.
-For the icing, combine the lemon juice and powdered sugar in a small bowl and stir until smooth. With a pastry brush, gently brush the all of the glaze onto the cake.  Some of it will drip off, but most of it will soak in. Allow cake to cool completely.                                        -Sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve.

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I really hope you guys enjoy this recipe as much as we did! Now I’m back to waiting for baby… 👶

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Here are some of the essentials from this post:

Bringing Up Bébé Book

Top Rated Cooling Rack

Wilton 2 Piece 9-inch Pan Set

Silicone Basting Pastry Brush

Mason Jar Vase (16oz, clear)

Gimme Some Sugar {Cookies}

When it comes to Valentine’s Day and gifts I’m a big fan of keeping things simple. While it’s nice to do extravagant things for your loved ones every now and then, there is something to be said for a small box of chocolates. Or better yet a batch of sugar cookies.

These heart shaped sugar cookies are a small gesture to show someone just how much you care. Not to mention they are super soft and delicious. I could’ve had about ten of these if I didn’t stop myself.

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Valentine Heart Cookie Recipe:

  • 1 cup butter, room temp.
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon water
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

-Cream sugar, butter, and vanilla.

-Add egg and water. Beat until fluffy.

-Combine baking powder, salt, and flour separately. Then slowly combine to wet mixture.

-Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for an hour. Then roll out with flour and use cookie cutter to cut into hearts.

-Bake at 375 degrees for 5-7 minutes. Do not let the edges turn brown 🙂

Icing:

Mix 2 cups of powdered sugar with 1 teaspoon vanilla and 1 tablespoon melted butter. Then stir in 1 teaspoon of milk at a time to reach your desired consistency. Also, add a drop or two of pink food coloring to the icing and spread on cookies!

These cookies didn’t even last one day in my house, but if by some chance they do last, they’ll also go great with coffee the next morning! Here are most of the letters of this World Market mug: A, B, C, D,  E,  G,  H,  J, K,  L, M,  N,  P,  R,  S,  T

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Sending everyone lots of love this Valentine’s Day! I hope your day has been filled with flowers, chocolates and now lots of sugar cookies… enjoy 🙂

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You can find my other kitchen supplies here:

Gimme Some Sugar Apron

Wilton 3 Piece Hearts Cutter Set

Pink Silicone Rolling Pin

Cooling Rack

Wilton Gel Food Color Set, Primary

Chocolate Football Cookies

I know that people love the Superbowl for the game and the commercials but I love it for the snacks. And since the Raiders didn’t make this year I’ll definitely be sitting at the food table all Sunday long. If you’re anything like me and live for the snacks or you just need something to bring to the party, you’re going to love these chocolate football cookies!

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These chocolate cookies are not only super cute and perfect for the super bowl but they are also chewy and delicious! You might want to double the batch because they’ll be gone before the halftime show. Here’s the recipe:

Chocolate Football Cookies:

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 sticks (1 cup) butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

DIRECTIONS:

  • Preheat oven to 350F degrees.
  • Mix together butter, cocoa, sugar, vanilla, and eggs in a large mixing bowl.
  • Blend on medium speed until smooth.
  • Gradually add the dry ingredients and mix until smooth.
  • Form a ball with the cookie dough and roll it out.
  • Cut into football shapes using a Football Cookie Cutter and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
  • Bake for 10 to 14 minutes until the edges are firm.
  • Cool the cookies before moving or icing.
  • I used melted white chocolate to frost but you can use regular icing as well.

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I hope everyone has a blast this Superbowl Sunday and be sure to share this delicious recipe with your friends!

What are some of your favorite Superbowl recipes?!screen-shot-2016-11-18-at-2-05-16-pm