Updated: Mar 2, 2022
My friend Jason introduced me to chocolate chess pie before we both moved away from Florida. With some wordplay inspiration from my writer friend Curtis, I created this Hot (as in spicy hot) Chocolate Chess Pie.
Jason and I first met in high school and became instant friends. We were the two class clowns. Around the time I was moving to Wisconsin, he was moving to Hawaii. We decided to hang out one final time. Jason, who knew that I enjoyed baking, asked if I had ever tried chess pie. I had not. So when we finally hung out one final time, we made chocolate chess pie. I am richer for the knowledge.
Pie has always been symbolic for my friend Curtis. He would host poetry slams around town. The slams were broken into three teams; Pie Gang, Cake Squad, and people who had no clue what was going on. Curtis passionately represents Team Pie. I have to agree with him. Along with pie and writing, we both share a love for puns and wordplay.
Picture the following scenario with me:
You: "Hey, would you like some pie for dessert?"
Friend: "What kind of pie?"
You: "Hot chocolate chess pie."
Friend: "So it's hot chocolate flavored."
You: "No, it's a hot chocolate chess pie. Here try a slice."
Friend: *takes a bite and realizes it's a bit spicy too* "Why is it spicy?"
You: "I said it was a HOT chocolate chess pie."
Friend: "I would hate you, but this is so damn good."
It's a play on the word "Hot Chocolate" (hot meaning spicy not the popular beverage).
There are three levels of heat you can achieve, choose wisely / responsibly or work your way up:
Mild = ½ tsp cayenne
Hot = 1 tsp cayenne
Death = 1 tbsp cayenne
Hot Chocolate Chess Pie - Spicy Word Play Pie
3½ tbsp cocoa powder
1½ cup of sugar
2 eggs (beaten)
¼ cup of butter (melted)
1 tbsp of vanilla extract
1 (5oz) can of evaporated milk
2½ tbsp cornstarch
½ tsp cayenne pepper
1 Nabisco Oreo pie crust
Toppings: Whipped cream, chocolate syrup, caramel, marshmallow fluff, whatever you like on your pie.
Preheat the oven to 350°F
Combine cocoa powder, sugar, cornstarch, and cayenne in a large bowl. Whisk the dry ingredients until well mixed.
Add eggs, butter, vanilla, and milk then whisk until well mixed.
Set the pie crust on a sheet pan and pour the mixture into the crust. Don't overfill!
Place the pan with the pie on the middle rack of the oven. Set the timer for 50 to 55 minutes. A crust should form on the top when the pie is ready.
Place the pie on a cooling rack and allow to set. If your pie isn't setting it may need to spend some time in the fridge, which will help it set.
Serve with toppings or enjoy plain!