Brownie Pie

Dear Boys,

I don’t think I have ever given a piece of pie to a person who didn’t smile.  Pie just makes you feel good.

This is one of our favorites.  One of the nice things is how easy it is to make.  You almost always have the ingredients on hand, so it can be put together pronto when you need a quick dessert.

First, you’ll need to make a crust.

DSC_0007Homemade ones are a little thicker than the store-bought ones, so put it in a 350 degree oven to cook for ten minutes while you gather ingredients for the pie filling.

Hot Fudge PieMelt one stick of butter in the microwave.

DSC_0011Check your crust.  If it’s been in for ten minutes, take it out to cool on a rack.

Hot Fudge Pie1Add to the butter 1 cup sugar and 2 Tbsp. cocoa.

(Note:  I should have mixed the sugar and cocoa together here with a whisk before adding it to the butter, but I forgot.  Doing so would have separated all the little grains of cocoa and kept them from balling up when I mixed it.  Perhaps you can learn from my mistake.)

That’s true in life, too, you know.  

Find people who are truly trustworthy, and be willing to learn from their mistakes without having to make them yourself.

Also be willing to be honest about your own mistakes for the benefit of others.)

Ok.  I know it’s only sugar and cocoa, but please consider it’s deeper meaning in this instance.

But back to brownie pie . . .

DSC_0043Add 2 eggs,

DSC_00472 tsp. of vanilla and

DSC_0053stir until well blended.

Except that I couldn’t get it well blended, because I had little dark lumps of cocoa in my mix.  (Product of previously-mentioned mistake.)

DSC_0059Here’s another life lesson to go with your brownie pie.

There is grace when we mess up.

That’s good news on days when we’re making brownie pie.

It’s great news when we mess up in life and say and do things we shouldn’t.

Grace.  What a precious thing.

It comes in the form of an immersion blender for this mistake.

DSC_0060After using it for a bit, almost all the balls of cocoa were dissolved.  Not all, but most.

DSC_0069Next add 1/2 cup all-purpose flour and

Hot Fudge Pie2stir until the flour is dissolved.

DSC_0099At this point, you might look for someone who likes to lick the bowl.  It’s nice to always make sure there’s a tiny bit of batter left in there for this purpose.

DSC_0084Now pour the pie filling into the crust.

Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

DSC_0122Enjoy your brownie pie.

As well as the grace you’ve been given.

DSC_0128And remember there is plenty to serve up for others.

Of both pie and grace.

I love you,

Mom

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