Hazelnut and Chocolate Pie with Vanilla Whipped Cream

Total Time:
45 min
Prep:
10 min
Cook:
35 min

Yield:
8 servings
Level:
Intermediate

Ingredients
  • Hazelnut and Chocolate Pie:
  • 8 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup hazelnuts, skinned and toasted
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour, plus more to dust the pie dish
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup hot water
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 stick butter, cut into 3/4-inch pieces, at room temperature, plus more to grease the pie dish
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Vanilla Cream:
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • To make the Hazelnut and Chocolate Pie:
Directions
To make the Hazelnut and Chocolate Pie:

Position an oven rack in the lower 1/3 of the oven and preheat to 350 degrees F.

Put 1/2 of the chocolate chips, hazelnuts, and flour in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse until the hazelnuts are coarsely chopped. Pour the hazelnut mixture into a small bowl and set aside. Combine remaining chocolate chips and sugar in the food processor. Blend until the mixture is finely ground. With the machine running, gradually add the hot water until the chocolate is melted and mixture is smooth. Add the eggs, butter, vanilla and cinnamon. Pulse until mixture is blended. Return the hazelnut mixture to the food processor and pulse to incorporate. Pour the mixture into a buttered and floured 9-inch pie dish. Bake for 35 minutes. Place the pie on a cooling rack and cool for 1 hour. (Top may crack during cooling.) Refrigerate for 2 hours. (Pie can be made 1 day in advance and stored in the refrigerator). Allow the pie to return to room temperature for 30 minutes before serving.

To make the Vanilla Cream:

In a large mixing bowl, beat the cream until it forms soft peaks. Add the powdered sugar, vanilla, and cinnamon. Continue to beat until cream holds stiff peaks.

To serve: Cut the pie into slices and dollop with the Vanilla Cream.


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My daughter would now murder me in my sleep if I didn't provide this dessert at Thanksgiving. Yeah, as others have said - super easy and super yummy! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Yes! I could tell by just reading the recipe this was more "brownie"-like than an actual pie. Super easy recipe. Literally just pour ingredients into food processor and turn on. I like to BYOC (be your own chef most recipes. So I used ALMONDS instead of hazelnuts. Came out perfectly. Who cares about the cracks on top lol The taste makes up for all of that item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very, very, very good! I am a big fan of flourless cakes and so this recipe, though strictly speaking not flourless, will become my "go to" recipe when I am craving the chocolaty richness of a flourless cake but not the work (i.e. springform pan, water bath, lots of dirty dishes that goes along with it. If you want to make something easy yet impressive, this is your recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Wonderful! I made this to bring to dinner with friends and there wasn't a crumb left. I only had chopped hazelnuts, so I put them with the flour and half the chips aside from the start - I didn't add to the processor til the end, as I didn't want them to be pulverized. I did add gelatin to the whipped cream so it wouldn't be runny by the time we served it, but otherwise I didn't change a thing. Took it out after 35 minutes and it was perfect - not dry at all. This is a keeper! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Yum! I exchanged hazelnuts for 1/2 cup of cashews and 1/2 of almonds. I also added sliced dried fig and ripe bananas. It was more cake than brownie which made me sad. As for the whipped topping, I added some gelatin to help it last a few days in the fridge. It was an easy cake to make with simple ingredients. item not reviewed by moderator and published
YUM. I devoured this and felt totally guilty afterwards. This was basically a brownie pie. Even the look of it was just like a brownie - with the cracked top part. This was still delicious though. Especially if you love brownies. And who doesn't love brownies, right? I thought it was really simple to put together. Just throw everything into the food processor and pour it into the pie dish. I took the great suggestion to use walnuts instead of hazelnuts which worked out perfectly! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Sinfully good. I used walnuts instead of hazelnuts. I usually don't like walnuts but it works better when baking with chocolate. (I'm a pecan lover. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Can you please tell me how much is(in grames a stick butter? I'm wrting from Portugal... so I don't know. Thanks! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This pie is wonderful and so easy to make. It is so creamy it melts in your mouth anyone could make this pie. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Nice pie! It's more like a brownie... I don't have a food processor, so I put the chocolate chips & hazelnuts in a ziplock bag & crushed them with a rolling pin. I liked the chunks of hazelnuts & gooey chocolate center. The cinnamon cream goes perfectly with the pie. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is a wonderful pie and simple to make. What is particularly nice is the whip cream. It adds a touch of whimsy. My daughter -- a picky eater -- even requested this as her birthday cake. It's moist and delicious. item not reviewed by moderator and published
It was very easy to make, I only used 1/2 cup of sugar and it tasted just right. Not to sweet not to bland. I used a blender to mix all the things together and I used 2 whole eggs and 2 egg whites. I am going to make this again for xmas! Im topping it off with vanilla chocolate chip ice cream, I still have walnuts and chocolate chips left over so im going to decorate that over the pie. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This pie is super, easy to make and chocolatey. The best of both worlds. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I just was wondering if anyone else had the same problem I did. When i made this I followed the instructions to a t and watched the video. In the video the batter was very think but mine was very thin. I didnt taste it yet as it is still in the oven. So if anyone can help tell me why that would be great. Thanks item not reviewed by moderator and published
Just made this today. Could not be better. Served with vanilla ice cream, however. Family LOVED it. Very easy and simple to prepare.Really liked the taste because it wasn't too sweet. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I just fixed this for this first time for myself and my Husband. This exceeded both of our expectations! I followed the recipe perfectly (but I used my blender instead of the food processor). The whipped topping tastes unique and the epitomy of an Italian flavored whipping cream. I will definitely make this again and it's now on my list for Thanksgiving and Christmas-maybe more special occassions too! item not reviewed by moderator and published
this pie looks like it came from heaven GIADA is a role model from me lots of love item not reviewed by moderator and published
I was distracted when making this and did not realize that I had left out the butter until I saw it sitting on the counter later. It was still delicous and not at all dry like I feared. If I make this again, I will add some butter, but not an entire stick. I think that would be too rich. item not reviewed by moderator and published
My daughter saw Giada make this and wanted to have it at her sleepover (she's 6). I can't believe it was on a show about food for kids. It might be a pretty good, rich dessert for adults but let me warn people, none of the kids at my house liked it! item not reviewed by moderator and published
First off....Pamela - Mine comes out a little hard on top but soft like a brownie once you get through that thin layer. Thomas - Maybe you could use just the chocolate chips or throw in some both chocolate and butterscotch chips? I think that the level should be changed to extremely easy. It's so quick to prepare and easy to make. I've made it several times for family, friends and co-workers and get many requests for it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This pie is the best chocolate pie I have ever tasted! item not reviewed by moderator and published
great desert, very easy to make with on-hand ingredients. husband and 2 small kids loved it. subbed walnuts for hazelnuts. used canned whipped cream. fabulous. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Easy to make and so delicious! item not reviewed by moderator and published
ok so i did this cake last nite , the ingredients are awesome, its so easy to make, but when i took it out of the oven i noticed that it look a bit hard . but still i put in the refrigerator, i took it out and it was hard , but when i cut it it was a bit soft , so right now im letting it be at room temperature , now was that suppose to happen????? i mean was it, it suppose to be a bit hard??? help anyone??? item not reviewed by moderator and published
this is the best chocolate pie ever, especially when it's just out of the fridge. the fresh vanilla whipped cream really compliments it! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Great recipe as these ingredients are usually on the shelf. My son has a nut allergy. I'd like to make this but unsure of a substitute. Can anyone help? item not reviewed by moderator and published
Like Giada said....the best of three worlds! This is a delicious dessert with actually a minimum of ingredients....things most of us have in our pantries and refrigerators. I did make a couple substitutions. I just made something with hazelnuts so I opted for walnuts in this. Also, instead of cinnamon, I subbed 1 tsp. of instant espresso powder to heighten the chocolate flavor. For those who may be wondering, you can make this with your blender. I just broke the inside piece of plastic on the lid to my food processor that activates the blade the other day but really wanted to make this and decided to give the blender a try. Worked fine. Mine baked in 35 minutes perfectly. Was nice and puffy (yes, cracked) when first removed from the oven but settled down to a nice, dense chocolate slice of heaven! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I toasted the hazelnuts and while they were still warm rolled them in a dish towel. Most of the skins came off easily. But the nuts are hot s be careful. Delicious recipe and easy. will make again item not reviewed by moderator and published
I never bake- but wanted to do something nice for my chocolate loving husband. This was so easy- substituted roasted almonds for the hazelnuts and it was still delicious! Used store bought whipped cream. Will do again item not reviewed by moderator and published
This turned out great. The hazelnuts (Filberts) were not skinned and I had no idea how to skin a nut so I just toasted them with the skin on and went from there. I did not try to blanch if that's what you do. Anyone know? item not reviewed by moderator and published
We decided to have an Italian Christmas Eve potluck style dinner with my family and my in-laws, so I wanted to look for a good Italian dessert to serve. My guests were certainly pleased with my pick of this delicious hazelnut chocolate pie! They loved the pie and the whip cream topping. I loved it also, especially because it was so easy to make! Since everything was made in the food processor, it was simple and made for easy cleanup. I made the pie the night before and the whipped topping a few hours before dinner and just kept both in the fridge. I followed the recipe exactly, except after reading some of the reviews about possible making the dish into brownies, I thought it would be better to put the batter into a pie crust so it would be more like a pie (I just used the refrigerated Pillsbury pie dough, and it was perfect). Everyone loved this pie so much, that I am going to bring another one to a New Years Eve party! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I printed out this recipe around Thanksgiving as I was looking for something a little different than apple or pumpkin pie. I found that the steps involved were very easy - and required no crust. My family loved it! So, here we are at Christmas and I have been signed up to make 4 of these! Definitely love it. The hazelnuts are a little tough to work with, but like a prior reviewer, I wonder if Nutella would be a good substitution. It would have the hazelnut flavor, but not the nutty texture. Love love love this! Especially the whipped cream. It is the highlight of the recipe! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This pie was superb! Super moist and flavoral. I will definitly be making this again but istead of as a pie as a brownie in a sqare pan. Delicious! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Loved the hazelnut flavor in this! I didn't skin the hazelnuts as they came pre-chopped, but that didn't bother me. I also messed up and inverted the flour/sugar, so I used 3/4 c. flour and caught it in time to put in the right amount of sugar. Next time I'll go with the less flour and it'll be less cakey. But agree with a previous poster, needs a tsp. of salt (all baking should have some salt) and could even use a little espresso powder. I also used dark chocolate instead of semi-sweet chips. Extremely easy pie, though, especially if you get everything ready beforehand, but I love to bake so the different steps from your typical brownie recipe weren't that difficult. Loved that everything was done in the food processor. And if you wanted to, you could dress up the whipped cream with some bourbon or spiced rum. Or peppermint schnapps. The variations are almost endless. item not reviewed by moderator and published
But I must have done something wrong b/c the pie didn't set in the middle. It was runny... But the flavor and the delicious whipped cream trumped the gooeyness! I'll try it again in the middle rack instead. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this yesterday and my husband and sister LOVED it. They said it tastes like something a restaurant would serve. Don't skip the whip cream, it adds a lot to the pie. I used a cup of sugar, 3/4 cup of hazelnuts, 4 medium eggs, and it turned out great! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this the other night and received rave reviews from my friends. I found hazelnuts in the nuts section of the grocery store. They were already skinned and blanched, so i just toasted them at home for a few minutes. This recipe is very easy - I do not have a food processor but my blender worked just fine! The cake with the cream comes out looking very classy. This recipe is definitely a good go to recipe for a quick dinner party! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was so yummy. As Giada would say, "A party in your mouth." I had to give some away to my neighbors -- for brownie points and to stop myself from eating more!!! I found the hazelnuts in the produce section at my grocery store. Wasn't sure how to skin and toast them, so I heated them over medium heat and after a few minutes most of the skins loosened and I peeled them off. The vanilla cream was great too! I think I overwhipped it, but it still tasted great. My neighbor said it tasted like a desert from a really nice restaurant. Thanks so much Giada :) item not reviewed by moderator and published
hmmmm . . I wonder how this would taste using Nutella in place of the chocolate! item not reviewed by moderator and published
It was very easy to make and delicious. The only thing is that I still can't find hazelnuts. Where can I find them? I used almonds when I made it instead. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I watched this episode on tv. I could've sworn she used cocoa powder in the recipe, am I crazy? item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this for friends and we all loved it. It is not really a brownie consistency-- more like a cross between chocolate mousse and a brownie. I followed the resipe exactly, except the hazelnuts I had bought were rancid so I used walnuts. Delicious and next time I will try it with hazelnuts. It would also be good with pecans. Decadent, for a special treat. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this pie last night and everyone loved it!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe was very quick and easy to make. It was like a warm brownie. We served it with ice cream. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I messed up on the word go. First, instead of semi-sweet I used bittersweet chips. Instead of only using half with the hazelnuts I used all of them and my nuts were still warm from toasting. Needless to say the chips melted and made kind of a gooey mess and I forget the flour so I added that to the sugar mixture. I set this aside and finished the rest of the recipe. I used the rest of my chips in the 11oz bag.Also, my food processor was too small to handle everything so when I got to the end I had to fold the gooey chocolate mess in with the rest by hand. I was sure it would never turn out. It was fabulous!! (I was working with a 2yr old by my side.Hence, the difficulties?)Will definitely make again. Better than the box brownies!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I really enjoyed this one. Prep time and difficulty (none)are right up my alley. Besides, any dish with chocolate, nuts, and brownie/pie like can't go wrong! I was drooling by the end of the show! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I am an accomplished baker and a frequent food network viewer. My girls saw the show and wanted me to make the recipe. The crunch from the hazlenuts was nice, but the "cake" itself was lacking in flavor. It either needed a deeper chocoate flavor, more sugar, or maybe even salt. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipie is a winner. I love the texture you get when you run the hazelnuts through the food processer. I added 2 tablespoons of chocolate surup to the mix. my whole family loved it. It's a chocolate lovers dream. item not reviewed by moderator and published
112 grams=1stick of butter item not reviewed by moderator and published

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