I had been thinking about making a pie for National Pie Day which was a few days ago, but it passed me by mostly because I didn’t feel like leaving my warm and cozy home and bundling up to go to the store in the snow. Instead, I looked in the pantry, refrigerator, and freezer and didn’t have any ingredients for a nice fruit pie which is what I probably would have made. I had the usual staples of milk, eggs, sugar, butter, vanilla, along with a box of unsweetened chocolate which I always seem to have on hand. Then my eye caught a box of Bisquick that had only a little left. Whenever I see Bisquick all I think of is pancakes, or one of their famous “Impossible Pies,” that have been popular for years. So that was it. A chocolate Impossible Pie.
Like many of the Bisquick pies, all you do is place ingredients in a blender, whirl it up and pour into a pie tin. Couldn’t be easier. I took it out of the oven and it looked nice. I set it on a rack to cool, then remembered I had no topping for it. I found about a cup of whipping cream in the refrigerator, and then grated one of the chocolate squares to sprinkle on top.
And then I noticed these two packets in the pantry:
These are from Finland. The only words I knew in English were Marianne and Crush, but there were photos. The one on the left looked like it must be coconut, and the other looked liked something topped with chocolate. I decided to open them since they seemed more exciting than simple grated chocolate. The Marianne was not coconut so I don’t know why it is on the package. It was like pearl sugar with a hint of peppermint. My Bill does not like peppermint, so I opened the other and dumped some out. It looked like finely crushed chocolate cookie pieces. Okay, that would work so I took a bite. Not chocolate. Licorice. Now I love licorice but had never seen it in this form, and although it was interesting, it didn’t seem right for the pie, and besides, Bill doesn’t like licorice either even though he is of Finnish heritage and Finns are famous for their licorice. Back into the pantry for another day. A little whipped cream on top with grated chocolate it is.
I whipped the cream and spread it on the cooled pie, sprinkled with the chocolate, and put it in the refrigerator to chill.
I cut a slice for Bill after dinner and waited for his reaction. He took one bite, then another, then another. He declared it tasted like fudge and was fabulous. I took a bite. Oh, my. It was like eating fudge. It seemed impossible for something to taste so good that had basic ingredients and 1/2 cup of Bisquick, and made in a blender! And guess what? It was even better the next day, and managed to become even fudgier. Is that a word? If not, it is now.
Make this if you love chocolate and an easy dessert. Next time I’ll try chocolate curls on top.
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup milk (I used 2%)
- ¼ cup (4 Tablespoons) butter, softened
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 ounces unsweetened chocolate squares, melted and cooled
- 1 cup sugar
- ½ cup Bisquick Baking Mix
- For Topping:
- Whipped cream (about 1 cup plus a couple Tablespoons of confectioners sugar), grated chocolate, or chocolate curls
- Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9-inch pie plate.
- Place eggs, milk, butter, vanilla, melted chocolate, sugar, and Bisquick in a blender container, Cover and blend on high for 1 minute. Pour mixture into prepared pie plate,.
- Bake for 30 minutes, until no indentation remains when touched lightly in the center. Cool completely on wire rack.
- When cooled, whip the cream and confectioners sugar until stiff. Spread over pie, sprinkle with grated chocolate or curls, and refrigerate until cold. Note: the pie is great the same day, but we thought even better the next day.
Sounds like you made some tasty, simple discoveries in the kitchen. That is always fun! Surprising that Bisquick can become a fudge pie! Those Finnish Fazer Chocolates & licorices are the best. I’ve not tried these two, but my cousins sent me some Fazer Dark Chocolate Coffee/Toffee Bars at Christmas that were delicious. Fazer puts some of the most unusual flavors together in their Chocolate and it’s always yummy.
I’m craving sweets– going to make this tonight. Thanks for the recipe!
I hope you like it, Deb!
Looks amazing!!!! A must try! I also have a recipe to make chocolate pudding using Bisquick …. I used to make it all of the time when I was first married …. versatile stuff! Thanks for sharing the recipe!
Thanks, Sue! I have never tried making pudding with it. I’ll have to go check out some of my old Bisquick books.
It’s really good!!! Here’s a link to the recipe: https://www.justapinch.com/recipes/dessert/dessert-pudding/bisquick-chocolate-pudding.html?r=1
Thank you for the link, Sue! It’s on my list to make.
Going to try this. Can you not do a meringue topping on the chocolate?
Hi Renee- The topping on the pie is not a meringue, it’s whipped cream. If you don’t care for the whipped cream to be spread on top, you could just serve slices of the pie with a dollop of whipped cream and maybe some fresh strawberries or raspberries.
Does the whipped cream stay firm in the refrigerator overnight?
Chris, yes it does stay firm! At least it did for me. Hope you enjoy the pie!
I always loved the Impossible Buttermilk pie and kept a tin of powdered buttermilk just for that use! I was craving pie and didn’t have buttermilk but chocolate is our favorite anyway. My husband is a medic in the ER and works night shift. I can’t wait for him to find this surprise tonight. Thank you so much for creating this great recipe! You are certainly a blessing.
Like you, I am a collector of cookbooks. My oldest was printed in 1908 and I have about a dozen cooking magazines from WWI Era (1914-1915). Hope to explore your blog more.
Just made the pie. Hard to wait an hour to eat this.
I hope you liked it, Karen! So good and easy.
Can you use cocoa instead of unsweetened chocolate squares
Bonnie, I have never tried substituting the unsweetened chocolate squares with cocoa powder, so I don’t know if it will work. If you google the substitution it will give the way to swap each square for the powder.
I’m making in individual “cupcake sizes”
Will see how it turns out
Cathy, would love to hear how they turn out!