Chocolate Hazelnut Pie

Here's a rich chocolate pie flavored with hazelnuts and Frangelico hazelnut liqueur. I chose to use a combination of both...
Chocolate Hazelnut Pie
Barbara Kiebel

Chocolate Hazelnut Pie

Here's a rich chocolate pie flavored with hazelnuts and Frangelico hazelnut liqueur. I chose to use a combination of both dark chocolate and white chocolate — the result was lighter but still with the richer taste of dark chocolate; sort of perfect actually.

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12
Servings
287
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Notes

*Note: For faster cooling, refrigerate the filling until thickened to a pudding consistency, about 30 minutes, whisking and scraping the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula every 5 minutes.

Ingredients

For the crust

  • 1 Cup finely crushed graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/4 Cup sugar
  • 1/4 Cup unsalted butter
  • 1/2 Cup finely chopped hazelnuts

For the filling

  • 6 Ounces bittersweet chocolate chips or chopped chocolate
  • 6 Ounces white chocolate chips or chopped chocolate
  • 1 Cup half-and-half
  • 4 Tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into 4 pieces
  • 2 Tablespoons Frangelico hazelnut liqueur
  • 1/2 Teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt

For the topping

  • 8 Ounces mascarpone
  • 3/4 Cups heavy cream
  • 1/4 Cup sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons Frangelico hazelnut liqueur
  • 2 Tablespoons vanilla extract
  • Shaved chocolate, for serving

Directions

For the crust

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.


Combine all of the ingredients in the bowl of a food processor and pulse until thoroughly ground. Dump the mixture into a 9-inch glass pie plate and press evenly onto the bottom and sides. Bake until fragrant and slightly dark brown, 8-10 minutes and set the pie plate on a rack to cool.

For the filling

Fill a medium-sized pot with water and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Place a medium-sized metal bowl on top. (The bowl should fit snugly without touching the water.)


Place the dark and white chocolate, half-and-half, and butter in the bowl and melt. Remove from the heat and add the Frangelico, vanilla, and salt. Whisk the mixture until well blended. Set aside, whisking occasionally, until room temperature and slightly thickened, about 1 hour.*


With a rubber spatula, scrape the mixture into the crust and spread evenly. Let cool completely and refrigerate until the filling is set, about 4 hours and up to 1 day before adding the topping.

For the topping

In a medium-sized bowl, combine the mascarpone, heavy cream, sugar, Frangelico liqueur, and vanilla extract. Using an electric mixer with the whisk attachment, beat on low speed until smooth. Increase the speed to medium-high and beat until the cream is thick and holds firm peaks.


Decorate the top of the pie using a decorator tip or by using a small metal spatula, spreading the whipped cream over the chocolate filling, leaving lots of swirls and peaks. Cover loosely and refrigerate up to 8 hours. Serve with shaved chocolate on each serving.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
13g
19%
Sugar
19g
21%
Saturated Fat
5g
21%
Cholesterol
12mg
4%
Carbohydrate, by difference
36g
28%
Protein
5g
11%
Vitamin A, RAE
54µg
8%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
4µg
4%
Calcium, Ca
34mg
3%
Choline, total
5mg
1%
Fiber, total dietary
2g
8%
Folate, total
21µg
5%
Iron, Fe
2mg
11%
Magnesium, Mg
16mg
5%
Niacin
1mg
7%
Phosphorus, P
64mg
9%
Selenium, Se
4µg
7%
Sodium, Na
303mg
20%
Water
27g
1%
Zinc, Zn
1mg
13%

Chocolate Shopping Tip

There are so many varieties of chocolate on the shelves today it can be overwhelming to pick one – as a general rule of thumb, the fewer the ingredients, the better the chocolate.

Chocolate Cooking Tip

When melting chocolate, use a double boiler and stir occasionally to avoid scorching chocolate at the bottom of the bowl.

Chocolate Wine Pairing

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