Recipes

Heavenly Chocolate-Berry Pie

Ingredients

1 1/4 cups graham cracker crumbs

3 tablespoons sugar

1/3 cup butter or margarine, melted

1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons semisweet chocolate morsels, divided

1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened

1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup whipping cream, whipped

1 pint fresh strawberries

1 teaspoon shortening

Directions

Combine first 3 ingredients, mixing well; firmly press onto bottom and sides of a lightly greased 9-inch pieplate. Bake at 325 degrees for 10 minutes. Cool crust completely.

Place 1/2 cup chocolate morsels in top of a double boiler; bring water to a boil. Reduce heat to low; cook until chocolate melts. Set chocolate aside to cool slightly.

Beat cream cheese with an electric mixer until light and fluffy; add brown sugar and vanilla, mixing well. Add cooled chocolate; mix well. Fold whipping cream into cream cheese mixture; spoon filling into prepared crust. Chill at least 8 hours.

Set aside 1 strawberry, and cut remaining strawberries into thick slices. Arrange slices over filling; place whole strawberry in center.

Combine remaining 2 tablespoons chocolate morsels and shortening in a small saucepan over low heat; cook until chocolate morsels melt. Drizzle over strawberries.

Yield: one 9-inch pie.

Sandy Hayes, Morristown, Tennessee’s Recipe

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