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Two Sisters, Serial #2 and Chocolate Brownie Pie

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We’re one step closer to Heaven.

No, I’m not talking about Brooke and Leah, the young sisters of our new serialized novel Two Sisters. Actually, in this week’s segment, they’re having a fight, which I guess puts them a step farther from their Heaven, as they are really dependent on each other and being at odds causes them all sorts of discomfort. But then Leah escapes into her own fantasy world, which does perhaps place her closer to Heaven, if only for a little while and only within her own imagination. But I guess that’s better than nothing.

But the “closer to Heaven” I was referring to is this week’s recipe, which combines two perfect concepts–well, three if you agree that anything chocolate immediately qualifies as perfect. I love brownies, the fudgier the better. And I love pie, any kind of pie. The whole idea of a crispy pastry crust encasing a yummy filling is, well, Heaven. So a Chocolate Brownie Pie? Like I said, one step closer to Heaven. Didn’t know life could be this good!

And check out our new novel. The girls may be fighting this week, but their youthful energy and love of life, and their care and devotion to one another are pretty cool–one step closer to Heaven in its own right.

brownie pie

Chocolate Brownie Pie

1 pre-made pie crust

1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted

1/4 cup light brown sugar

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1/2 teaspoon salt

3 eggs plus 1 egg yolk

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

rich brownie pie

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Using either a 6-inch pie plate or 5×7 inch baking dish, press about half of the pre-made pie crust into your dish. Cut off any excess crust.

In a large mixing bowl, combine the cocoa powder, brown sugar, granulated sugar, salt, eggs, and vanilla. With an electric mixer or handheld mixer, beat the ingredients on low until they come together. Once the ingredients begin to blend together, increase the speed and beat on medium until the mixture becomes glossy.

Pour the batter into the pie crust. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until the center is set. Remove the pie from the oven and let it cool completely before slicing. Store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

brownie pie bite

{Adapted from Cookies and Cups}

 Click below to listen to or read Serial #2 of “Two Sisters”.

Two Sisters, Serial #2, audio © Jeffrey Anderson

Two Sisters, Serial #2, text © Jeffrey Anderson


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