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Molten Lava Chocolate Fudge Pie

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Molten lava chocolate fudge pie - aka "chocolate heaven"! |


A few weeks ago, a group at my church had a pie baking social, and I was searching for something a little different to bake besides the standard autumn apple and pumpkin recipes. I’ve always been a huge chocoholic, so when I found a recipe for a chocolate fudge pie on pinterest, I knew I had to try it.

I’m calling this recipe a molten lava chocolate fudge pie because it reminds me of a combination between molten lava cake and a soft, melty version of chocolate fudge. It’s also a little bit like eating brownie batter, only it’s softer and creamier. The top forms a light, crisp crust and when you break into that the inside is smooth, rich chocolate. 

Whatever you want to call it, this pie is my new favorite, and it’s a recipe I know I’ll be baking over and over again. If I’m short on time but having a serious chocolate craving, I might even just skip the pie crust part and make a batch of just the filling to satisfy my craving for rich, melty chocolate heaven. (I’m seriously tempted to go so that right now…)

 Molten Lava Chocolate Fudge Pie Recipe

The Filling:

For the filling, I used a recipe from In a Southern Kitchen. I decided to follow the recipe exactly this time rather than making any adaptations, so you can find the recipe for the filling here: Old-Fashioned Fudge Pie (that link should open in a separate browser tab, so you can check out the ingredients for the filling and then come back here to see my favorite pie crust recipe and directions.)

A few notes about the ingredients for the filling: 

If possible, natural and organic ingredients are best. I like to use butter from grass-fed cows and eggs from pasture-raised chickens. And for pantry staples I like to use organic and natural whenever I can. I’ve posed a few links here to brands that I like and feel good about recommending to you:

  • Organic unbleached all-purpose flour (I recommend using an all-purpose flour for this recipe because a whole wheat flour won’t give the filling the same texture. I’d also stick with the standard modern all-purpose flour rather than trying an heirloom flour like einkorn or spelt since those tend to be softer varieties of wheat that don’t always rise as well.)
  • Organic cocoa powder
  • Organic cane sugar (I recommend using a finely ground cane sugar rather than the coarser ground sugars like rapadura or sucanat. If your sugar has large crystals, the pie filling will end up with a grittier texture rather than a smooth one.)
  • Real salt
  • Pure vanilla extract

Pie Pastry

You can use any pie pastry recipe you like, but this one is my favorite. This recipe will make one 9″ crust, so if you want to make any decorations for the top of the pie, you might want to double the recipe, depending on how much decorating you want to do. If you just want some leaves and vines like I did, you might be able to get away with just the one crust and use the scraps for the decorations, but if you want to do something more elaborate, doubling might be the safest bet. (And you can also just cut the extra dough into shapes, bake them and enjoy eating them as is.)

NOTE: If you want to do any decorative pie crust for the top of the pie, you’ll want to cut out the shapes and bake them separately on a baking sheet and then place them on top of the pie once it has cooled. If you place them on before the pie bakes, the filling won’t bake evenly and rise as well. I dissolved some sugar in water and used that to help seal my pie crust designs onto the top of the pie.

Pie pastry for one 9 inch crust

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup fat (I like to do half butter and half coconut oil, but you could also use all butter or all coconut oil. Or if you want to be really old-fashioned and traditional, you can use lard if you have a good source of quality lard from pasture-rased pigs.)
  • 3-4 Tbs cold water

Directions: Combine flour and salt. Cut fat into flour with a pastry cutter and then add cold water until dough begins to form into a soft ball. Roll out dough and line a 9 inch pie plate, trimming off extra and crimping the edges, if desired.

Directions for Making the Pie:

(I modified the directions slightly from the original recipe, partly because I’m lazy, and partly because I was so excited to taste the pie that I just wrote down the recipe ingredients and didn’t take the time to write down the instructions step by step.)

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Melt the butter, and then set aside it aside to let it cool.
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar, cocoa powder, and salt, stirring until well combined.
  3. In another small bowl, beat the eggs lightly and then add the vanilla and the melted and cooled butter, stirring to combine.
  4. Fold the wet ingredients into the dry and stir well until fully combined.
  5. Line a 9 inch pie plate with your pie pastry and pour in the batter.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for about 30-35 minutes, or until top of pie is set and begins to crack a bit.

Recipe Notes:

* The pie will set up some as it cools, so you don’t want to bake it for too long or else it will be more like a brownie than a fudgy molten lava pie.

* As tempting as it is to cut right into the pie, you really do need to wait a little while for this one. It’s amazing when it’s still slightly warm, but only slightly warm because otherwise all of the filling will just start to melt out of the pie and you’ll end up with a flat pie and a puddle of melted chocolate in the space where you cut it. It’s absolutely delicious that way, but it makes for a pretty lopsided-looking pie. If you want warm, melty pie, the best way to do that is to cut a slice and then warm up just that individual slice.


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Thursday 6th of August 2020

A good thing.

Lori Elliott

Thursday 6th of August 2020

Chocolate is pretty much always a good thing as far as I'm concerned! :)


Tuesday 1st of December 2015

Have you heard of Dr. Davis and his book titled wheat belly? He explains how unhealthy the wheat of today is. Also sugar is responsible for a lot of health problems. His book was a real eye opener for me. He has some great grain/sugar free recipes.


Tuesday 1st of December 2015

Hi Maryann, Yes, I have heard of him and about his book. I agree that modern wheat has some problems and that having too much sugar can contribute to health problems, but I don't personally feel the need to eat a grain and sugar free diet. There's a lot of debate and controversy in the real food and natural health circles about these topics, so this is an area where I think everyone needs to come to their own conclusions about what is right for them.

I believe that there's a big difference between modern non-organic wheat, though, and heirloom organic wheats, and for most of my wheat consumption, I use an organic einkorn wheat. The way the wheat is used also has a big impact, too, and I typically use the sourdough process for baking to help make the wheat more easily digestible.

For this particular recipe, I decided to use an organic unbleached all-purpose flour even though it is modern wheat because that's the type of flour that works best for this recipe and because the fact that it's organic eliminates the worry of the pesticide residue that is present in regular conventional flour (and there have been some recent studies showing that because wheat is often heavily sprayed with pesticides before it is harvested, the pesticide reside may be one of the main causes of the problems people have with wheat.)

As for sugar, it's true that it's not ideal to eat huge amounts of sugar and that many people have way too much sugar nowadays, but I go by the principle that having some sugar in moderation isn't really a big deal and that the stress of constantly trying to avoid sugar can be worse than the actual sugar itself can be. I wouldn't advise having this pie every day, of course, since it is pretty high in sugar, but for a special occasion dessert, I don't worry about it.

This recipe wouldn't be good for people who have an intolerance to gluten or who need to avoid all sugar, but otherwise it's a dessert to be enjoyed in moderation. I personally don't have a problem with eating foods with grains and sugars, but everyone should make their own choice for what foods are best for them.

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