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Linda Ellerbee's Mother's Fudge "Pie"

Pat Hammond | May 11, 2005 08:47 PM

Linda Ellerbee's new book "Take Big Bites", is a terrific read about her travels, food, and lots of other things. There are some recipes too. This dessert is called a pie because it's baked in a 9" pie pan, but there's no crust. I bake very rarely, and this took me about 10 minutes to put together. I had to search for measuring spoons, and I'm including the time it took to find them. It bakes for 25 minutes at 400 degrees.

I'll paraphrase the instructions. There's hardly anything to it:


2 squares Baker's unsweetened chocolate
1 stick butter
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup flour
2 eggs
1/4 t salt
1 t vanilla

Put chocolate and butter in the pie plate and melt in the microwave. Dump in the sugar, flour, eggs, salt, and vanilla. Yes, right in the pie plate! Stir until it's all combined without lumps of flour and no sign of raw egg.

I used a rubber spatula to combine everything. Bake. (It'll puff up some, and then settle down.)

I let it cool maybe half an hour. I had a slice, with some vanilla ice cream on the side.

It's like a giant brownie, sort of cakey, sort of fudgey. Kids would have fun making this, I think.

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