Crustless Fudge Pie—The Clark Kent of Pies

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Most people reading this right now already know my next guest, Shirley. She has been running her blog, gfe – gluten-free easily, for years. She has been gluten-free since 2003 and runs the King George Gluten Intolerance and Celiac Group in Virginia. Her blog is about being as naturally gluten-free as possible, meaning eating foods that just naturally don’t have wheat, rye or barley in them, instead of just subbing a bunch of non-gluten flours. She has tons of recipes on her site and she is considered by many to be our gluten-free “mom”. She is so sweet, nurturing, and inclusive to all of us fellow gluten-free bloggers. And, anyone out there who is just going gluten-free or has been gluten-free for years. She is just one of “those” people. You know the kind. You just would hug her through the computer, if you could.

Well, Shirley’s post brings up many fond memories of my childhood and my first little-girl, movie-star crush. Christopher Reeve. I was eight, and he was dreamy. And, personally, I thought he was even cuter as Clark Kent. Maybe it was the glasses.

So, this fudge pie sounds perfect to me. But, you’ll have to read on to know what I’m talking about.

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Crustless Fudge Pie—The Clark Kent of Pies

This Crustless Fudge Pie is the Clark Kent of chocolate desserts. A quick look reveals a perfectly respectable chocolate dessert, but after a glance you might move on. Yes, it’s chocolate (and many of us consider chocolate to be its own food group, and rightly so in my humble opinion), but like Clark, this pie looks “average” in its appearance, understated, if you will. It’s the thick gooey chocolate desserts that often grace the holiday table that inspire visions of Superman flying in to whisk us away from all our woes … as he so often did with Lois Lane. Complete with the cape and tights, of course. (Love those tights!) But we often ignore the plainer chocolate desserts just as we bypass Clark or take him for granted. You take a look at this pie and think, hmmm, I may come back for that later. You tell yourself it will still be there if you are interested. But, if you dig a little deeper—and in this case you want to be digging with a fork in hand—you’ll find that, like Clark, this Crustless Fudge Pie has hidden super powers. So much so, that a small sliver is enough. Anything more and you might be propelled to the planet Krypton. That might not necessarily be a bad thing if you don’t like the folks with whom you are eating your holiday dinner, but superpowers are to be optimized for the greater good, not abused.

Crustless Fudge Pie

Crustless Fudge Pie—The Clark Kent of Pies
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Ingredients
  • 8 tbsp (1/2 cup) butter (dairy or non-dairy)
  • ¼ cup cocoa
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ⅓ cup gluten-free flour mix (see notes)
  • ½ cup chopped nuts (optional, see notes)
Instructions
  1. Grease pie plate well and preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Melt butter in medium-sized saucepan. Remove from heat and slowly add in the following ingredients in order, stirring after each addition: cocoa, brown sugar, granulated sugar, eggs, vanilla extract, gluten-free flour mix, and nuts (if used).
  3. Pour filling into prepared pie plate.
  4. Bake for about 25 minutes. Test with a toothpick. When the pie is done, the toothpick should have just a smidge of chocolate on its tip. You don’t want to overcook this pie.

 

Serve with whipped cream, if desired. It’s not needed, but just a drizzle does make for a prettier dessert (one more worthy of Superman) and the whipped cream can complement the rich chocolate favor. I drizzled mine with a small amount of Honey Cinnamon Whipped Cream as shown.

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Adapted from an old recipe in the gfe recipe box; author unknown

Shirley’s Notes:

Extra virgin olive oil can most likely be substituted for the butter. Filippo Berio recommends a substitution of ¾ cup olive oil for 1 cup of butter. (See Filippo Berio’s substitution chart here.) I love baking with olive oil when I can; it adds richness and moisture to gluten-free baked goods. (Along those lines, you may also be interested in my Perfect Pound Cake recipe, which uses olive oil.) I’m almost certain that 1 cup of coconut/palm sugar (total amount) could be used in place of both the granulated sugar and brown sugar. Because this pie will come out very thin if you use a standard (not deep dish) 9-inch pie plate, making this recipe may present an opportunity to use a smaller pie plate that you don’t often get to use. Baking in a smaller pie plate will produce thicker slices; baking time may have to be adjusted slightly. However, using a standard 9-inch pie plate is perfectly acceptable. With any size pie plate, this pie will yield more servings than most pies due to its rich flavor.

If you’d like to make this pie with a crust, reduce the gluten-free flour mix to ¼ cup and pour all into an unbaked pie crust. My No Roll, Never Fail, Press-In Pie Crust is a good, easy option for a pie crust for this fudge pie. Adding nuts can be a great (and more nutritious) option for those who can indulge in them, but I find that I prefer this pie without nuts most often. I don’t like nuts in my fudge and adding nuts to this pie makes it more of a brownie pie than a fudge pie in my opinion. When I do add nuts (usually walnuts) per request, I tend to prefer the crusted version to balance the slightly more substantial filling. All in all, I prefer the crustless version without nuts for chocolate superpower optimization. A crust just seems to take away from that … sort of like an energy shield deflects all energy, good and bad. Can you tell that I grew up with two males in the house and watched a lot of sci-fi and super hero movies? It wasn’t all bad though. After all, Superman was in those tights …

 

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55 Responses to “Crustless Fudge Pie—The Clark Kent of Pies”

    • Well, you are lucky I let it go. I told Shirley I was actually thinking of holding the recipe for ransom because everyone wanted it so much. ;)

      And, it looks like a lot of people will be making Diane’s Pie this holiday season, including me.

      xoxo,
      Tia :P

    • It’s just like you to hijack a good thing! ;-) Hey, the only thing better than making a great dessert is having your friend start making it so you don’t have to. I’ll be by for Diane’s Pie soon …

      Shirley

  1. There are definitely occasions when I wish I could be propelled to planet Krypton during a meal. I may have to whip this up just for those times! This looks absolutely decadent and so super rich. “Diane’s Pie”, as she has so aptly renamed it, will be making it to our table one of these days. How can you go wrong with this combo of ingredients. Yikes.
    Tia, thanks for sharing SHirley and this yummy recipe with us!
    xo

    • Hey Kim–Ha ha … if you’re like me, your mind often takes you to Krypton or beyond. ;-) I’m imagining you’ll reinvent this pie a bit and I’ll definitely look forward to your version. :-)

      xo,
      Shirley

  2. I wonder if this recipe will work if I substitute the eggs with Ener G Egg Replacer?

    Maybe it’s better if it won’t since I think I would be tempted too eat too much of it…it looks really good.

    • Hi dianne–Sometimes our food issues work out for the best, huh? ;-) Seriously, I’ve always heard that once can sub egg replacer for one or two eggs, but no more. I’d give it a try and see … we’ll if you are not exercising that self control thing. ;-)

      Thanks,
      Shirley

  3. Oh man… I have to try this ASAP. AND am going to be re-sharing the sharing!

    Fabulous write up!

    • Hi Dianne–I’m excited that you are going to give my fudge pie a try right away! Can’t wait to hear what you think. :-) Thanks so much for the kind words on my post, too!

      Shirley

  4. Like I said over at Shirley’s blog, this looks like a brownie in a plate. And made by one of the nicest and most talented and most supportive bloggers in the gluten free (and otherwise) world. If there was an award, Shirley would get it!

    • I know what you mean. I am really trying to lose a few pounds, but I REALLY want to make this. Like, right now. It’s going on the list of things to make for Thanksgiving. There will be two teenage boys, so I know at least I want eat the whole thing, myself. Which would happen in about a day here. I don’t care what Shirley says about it being too rich. ;)

      xoxo,
      Tia :P

    • Hi Ellen–You sure say the nicest things–thank you!! Your comments make me feel very special indeed. :-) When you make a version of this pie, I want to know if you think it’s more brownie like or fudge like … or a true cross between the two. ;-)

      Thanks again, dear!
      Shirley

  5. Love the title and gosh that pie makes me hungry. I think it will be baked in my kitchen some dark evening when I need me some chocolate! Mmmm…. what is better than fudge!

    -Sea

    • I can just picture you in a kitchen with the little oven overhead light on, looking around so no one catches you. Or wants any. :)

      xoxo,
      Tia :P

    • Hey Sea–You’ll understand what I’m saying when you make your version of this pie. It’s very thin and not super impressive by looks alone. ;-) But as the saying goes, looks can be deceiving … and, yes, this pie would definitely light up a dark evening. :-)

      Shirley

  6. Hi Tia and everyone else–You girls make me blush … BIG TIME. Really. Gosh. How can I properly respond to those words? If you were here, I’d give you food and drink and a warm woodstove to back up to. ;-) But, since I can’t do that (although I do have visions of a gf girlfriend gathering here one day), I’ll simply say, Thanks! with extra special thanks going to you, Tia.

    So glad you all love my pie, too … ooops, I’m sorry, I meant Diane’s Pie. LOL Possession is 9/10 of the law as the old saying goes. ;-)

    BTW, I’m old enough that I remember watching the original Superman, George Reeves (yes, with an “s” … my brain let me down and added an “s” to Christopher’s last name in my post … fixed now). The original Superman was heroic and impressive, but not the looker that the most beloved one was–either as Clark or Superman.

    xoxo to all!
    Shirley

    • All well deserved, Shirley.

      And, I remember the George Reeves Superman, too. They used to play reruns on tv on the weekends. I loved watching it. But, I must confess, I was wishing it was Christopher.

      xoxo,
      Tia :P

  7. Great post–Tia’s introduction and Shirley’s part. I love the whole Superman analogy. Some of the best tasting foods don’t always look the prettiest. I agree with everyone about Shirley, and I’m so glad I got to meet her a couple of weeks ago. She’s a gift to us all.

    • Thanks Linda. I think we need to start a Shirley Fanclub. It wil have many, many members.

      OK, I can’t write about this pie any more otherwise I am going to run upstairs and make it right now.

      xoxo,
      Tia :P

    • Hi Linda–Wow, those are very special words … thank you ever so much. You are all touching my heart. Glad you enjoyed my Superman analogy. Hope you’ll give this recipe a try and see the pie’s super transformation upon eating it. ;-)

      Hugs,
      Shirley

  8. Wendy @ Celiacs in the House

    Tia, what a beautiful introduction you wrote for our dear friend Shirley. She really let’s the silly, fun side of her personality shine in this post. Even though she is one of the most knowledgeable, respected and hard-working gluten-free advocates in the country, it’s obvious that she also has a wicked sense of humor and is a fun-loving, excellent cook. Here’s to decadent fudgey pies and tights.

    • Thank you, Wendy! As you know, it wasn’t hard to write. I think it was harder to not go overboard and sound like a stalker. So, yep. Agree with you on all counts.

      xoxo,
      Tia :P

    • Wendy–Like I’ve said before, you should be my agent. :-) I can’t tell you how much all your extreme generosity means to me, Wendy. Truly. Ah, fudgy pies and tights … now that’s a winning combo for sure! ;-)

      Shirley

  9. I don’t know, this pie looks pretty superman to me! Though I do think Clark Kent (current and past) is pretty darn cute too. Woe is me that Smallville is coming to an end.

    • Hey Alisa, Maybe chocolate just transforms to good stuff for you. ;-) Sorry to hear about Smallville … it seemde like a lot of folks really enjoyed it.

      Thanks!

      Shirley

    • I must say, I don’t recall ever seeing an ugly Superman or Clark Kent. I never got into Smallville, though. It seems like it’s been on forever. That teenage Clark must be original Superman age by now.

      xoxo,
      Tia :P

  10. nicola @ gfreemom

    This made me smile – big time. Tia, you introduced Shirley so perfectly. Shirley – I’ve only met you once and I’m already convinced that you are my mom. ;-). The pie sounds pretty awesome too!

    • Why, thank you, Nicola. It was very easy to do. Took about a minute to come up with that. And, I can’t wait to try the pie. I’ve been thinking we might have to try a “dry run” as my husband made me do with Shirley’s Crustless Apple Pie before Thanksgiving. Somehow, I am talking myself into it.

      xoxo,
      Tia :P

    • Hi Nicola–I’m so glad you enjoyed this post. Tia’s introduction made it super special. ;-) That’s true even with the unintentional pun. Thanks for the sweet words on the post, dear. Can’t wait to see you again … thanks so much for all your kindess!

      Hugs,
      Shirley (aka Nicola’s “mom”)

  11. I’ll have to try this sometime! Ever since I saw it in my inbox I was intrigued and just got to it now. So glad I did! Love the Superman/Clark Kent references and analogy, and Tia, you’re so spot-on: Shirley is such a dear. She’s a treasure and I feel blessed to know her. :)

    • Hi Zoe,

      I know what you mean about Shirley. I know we keep making her blush, but it’s all so true. She’s a beautiful person.

      I also love the analogy because I have been envisioning Christopher Reeve this whole week.

      xoxo,
      Tia :P

  12. Coming back to do my typical individual comments .. my blush has finally faded a bit although it will probably return as I reread all the comments I’d read before and then the new ones. First, Tia, I’ve never had a lovelier introduction. I am so grateful! Could I please take you everywhere with me so you can give me that kind of intro each time? ;-) I’m so glad you were a Superman fan and could appreciate the Clark Kent nature of this pie. BTW, I wanted to tell you that I haven’t yet celebrated my 2nd year of blogging. It just seems like years and years, but totally in a good way!

    Thanks again, Tia! xo,
    Shirley

    • I know what you mean. I wasn’t going to make any more desserts for Thanksgiving (I’m already making Shirley’s crustless apple pie and her never-fail crust for pumpkin pie.) but I just might have to make this too. I hope there are a lot of people there.

      xoxo,
      Tia :P

    • Heidi–Thankssss! :-) I know you’ll find a way to make this pie egg free and I can’t wait to see your solution. ;-)

      xoxo,
      Shirley

  13. Oooh–yummy! This is like crustless quiche, only chocolate! ;) I bet the texture is divine–dense, rich, fudgy. Now I want this for dinner. ;)

    • Thanks, Ricki! Can’t wait to see how you tweak this recipe. :-) Just reading your comment and knowing how good this pie is … I want some right now, too. ;-)

      Hugs,
      Shirley

  14. OOoh Tia!! What a great & tasty appetizing recipe!!

    I must make this soon!

    Yummie food!

  15. Holy TIGHT tights! This pie is power packed, just like Clark Kent. Instead of muscles, we have cocoa, but who’s complaining. Loved this post and loved the neighborhood connection between Shirley’s blog and yours! Both were well written, easy to read and mouth-watering. I’m off to the airport in a few minutes and this was a perfect way to wake up and start my day off with a smile. I’ll be trying this when I get home. You two girls are perfect pie partners!

    Here’s to Clark Kent! And crustless pies. Or brownies. Or fudge. Whatever you call it, this looks divine!
    Melissa
    xo