Nutty Fudge Pie!

If you are a chocolate lover, like I am, this pie is going to be your new favorite!  It's nutty and fudgy and delicious!   It's also pretty easy to make!  It's so good topped with whipped cream or go all out and add a scoop of vanilla ice cream to the top!   It's  decadent!  Here is what you will need for this sinfully delicious pie:

1 deep dish pie shell, blind-baked
1  1/2 cups sugar
4 Tbs. cocoa powder
1  (5 oz.) can of evaporated milk
4 Tbs. butter, melted
1 tsp. vanilla
3 eggs
1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts

To blind-bake the pie shell, just place it in a preheated 400 degree oven for about 10-15 minutes or until it is just starting to brown a little.  Don't over brown it.  Doing this just keeps this particular pie from having a soggy crust.   Remove when just starting to brown and set aside.  

To make the filling, combine the sugar and cocoa powder in a mixing bowl.  Add in the milk, melted butter, and vanilla and beat well.  Make sure it is all very well incorporated.  

Break the eggs in another bowl and with a fork beat them lightly.  Add to the filling and beat until combined.  Fold in the nuts.  

Place the pie shell on a cookie sheet and pour the filling in.  The cookie sheet will prevent spill overs and helps the pie bake evenly.

Decrease the oven to 325 degrees.  Place the cookie sheet on the center rack and bake for 45 to 50 minutes or until set.  If the edges of the crust are starting to brown too much you might need to place a pie shield on or use foil to cover the edges.  

Remove from oven and cool.   Slice and serve with a dollop of whipped cream or a scoop of ice cream!  Enjoy!  

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