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Chocolate Almond Pie
From Dorothy McNett's recipes at www.dorothymcnett.com. A perfect dessert for Valentine's Day, filled with a great selection of sensory ingredients such as dark chocolate, raw sugar, vanilla, almonds and garnished with chocolate covered cherries or other fresh fruits. Casanova would have loved this! The aroma of almonds supposedly arouses passion in women.
1 cup unbleached all purpose flour
First make the crust: Preheat oven to 425 degrees. In food processor with steel chopping blade in place, whirl together flour, cocoa powder, salt, and sugar. Add the butter and process just until the butter has been cut into small chunks. Add the water and process just until the mixture wants to form a ball. Roll out on a floured pastry cloth and lift into a 9 inch pie pan. Pierce the bottom and sides of the crust with a fork, and place a piece of parchment paper on the crust. Scatter about 1/2 cup beans into the shell over the parchment paper, or use pie weights made just for this purpose. Bake 12-15 minutes, or until set and browned and crisp. Remove the parchment with the beans and set the shell aside to cool.
Recipe created 1997-04-14.