It is with a heavy heart that I share this post for Bourbon Chocolate Pumpkin Pie today. You see, last week the food blogging community lost one of it’s own when Joan from Chocolate, Chocolate and More passed away suddenly from a heart attack in her sleep. To honor her memory the food blogging community is using today, National Chocolate Day, as a way to show everyone, especially her children, how much she was loved and how much she will be missed.
I didn’t know Joan very well. I followed her on Instagram and was part of a few groups on Facebook that she was also a part of. She had a tremendous amount of success as a blogger and she always seemed so eager and willing to help out other bloggers. When news of her passing reached the blogging community there was post after post of how amazing she was. She touched so many people.
I actually only had the opportunity to meet Joan once. It was during the 2014 International Food Blogging Conference here in Seattle. We went to a dinner together and she was so nice. One memory that sticks out is that we all ordered a Baked Alaska to share for dessert and she ordered another dessert off the menu because it had chocolate in it, or at least it was described as having chocolate in it. I still remember the look on her face when she took the first bite and replied “This is good but it is NOT a chocolate dessert”. I laughed, the woman sure did love her chocolate.
As I made this Bourbon Chocolate Pumpkin Pie, I kept hoping that I was making the kind of chocolate dessert that Joan would’ve liked. I wanted to make sure there was chocolate in every part so I made a chocolate cookie crust, added some cocoa to the pumpkin custard, threw in some bourbon because I hear Joan even liked her booze chocolatey, and then drizzled each slice with chocolate sauce. This Bourbon Chocolate Pumpkin Pie is a decadent, rich dessert, full of chocolate that I think would’ve made Joan say “now that is a chocolate dessert”
One last note, Joan’s sister and other bloggers are, at Joan’s request, going to keep her blog going. If you are a dessert or chocolate lover, or know someone who is, go visit Chocolate Chocolate and More and know that by visiting you are helping continue to support Joan’s children as they navigate through this difficult time.
For more chocolate deliciousness and more memories of Joan follow the hashtag #chocolateforjoan on Instagram.
Bourbon Chocolate Pumpkin PiePrint Recipe
- 2 cups chocolate cookie crumbs
- 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
- 2 cups pumpkin puree
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
- 2 eggs
- 1 (12 ounce) can evaporated milk
- 1 tablespoon bourbon
- chocolate syrup
- whipped cream
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Combine cookie crumbs and melted butter together in a bowl until the crumbs are moistened.
Press cookie crumbs into the bottom and up the sides of a 9 inch pie dish. Bake crust for 10 minutes in preheated oven. Remove from oven to cool completely.
Combine remaining ingredients, except chocolate syrup and whipped cream, together in a bowl. Whisk until well combined. Pour into cooled crust. Bake pie in 350 degree oven for 55 - 65 minutes or until the center is set and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Remove pie from oven, allow to cool at room temperature for 2 hours then slice and serve or if you like your pie cold, refrigerate until chilled then slice, drizzle with chocolate syrup, top with whipped cream and serve. Refrigerate any leftovers.