Heart Attack Waiting to Happen

This weekend I made a divine dessert. It didn’t turn out quite like I had hoped but I’ve lived and learned, and people told me it tasted good, nonetheless.

It is pretty much the worst thing for you to eat, health-wise, but it is so rich that you can only eat a little bit, so it balances out, right? I ended up realizing that I needed to adjust the recipe a little bit, so here’s how you SHOULD do it, not how I did. You’ll need a 9 inch springform pan for this.

Three to 3 1/4 cups finely chopped walnuts or pecans

1/3 cup sugar

1/3 cup melted butter

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Mix pecans and sugar then add butter and mix well.  Press into spring form pan going up the edges as high as you can.  Bake 12 minutes and cool.

Three 5oz. milk chocolate Hershey bars

Three 5oz. milk chocolate Symphony bars

Make sure they are the 5 oz bars. I didn’t realize this until I got home from the store and didn’t have enough chocolate. Melt gently in microwave and blend well with wooden spoon in a bowl that will hold all of your cream.  With beaters in the melted chocolate pour 2 cups of heavy cream steadily into the beating chocolate.  Try not to over-beat.  Pour the mixture into your cooled crust and refrigerate overnight.

The next day in a heavy sauce pan, put in 1 cup heavy cream over medium heat until it is bubbly on the sides.  Take off heat and whisk in 2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips until smooth.


Get your pie from the fridge and pop off the side. If there is any crust sticking above the cream mixture, cut it off.

Put a plate face down on a cookie sheet and then set the pie on it.

Pour the ganache over the top and let it drizzle down the sides using a rubber spatula to spread until smooth.

Carefully put cookie sheet and all into the fridge and let sit another 4 hours until the ganache sets.

Take a knife and cut off the excess ganache off the pie plate then place on your serving plate.  It will keep in the fridge for days if covered.

I decided to decorate it a little bit so I melted some chocolate chips, put it in a plastic bag, and swirled it on the top.

Unfortunately, I squeezed a little too hard and the bag burst. To try to cover up the unsightly smudges, I put some walnuts on the corner, kind of as a garnish, but it just looked kind of funny. But, all in all, a terribly good dessert.

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