Eat My Sawdust

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One of my bosses picked up an Amish cookbook and asked me if I had ever heard of a Sawdust Pie.  I’d lived in Pennsylvania–right in the midst of Amish Country–but I’d never heard of this before.  I decided to give the recipe a go and it turned out amazing, so much in fact that I made it again this week at work, and my boss ordered a pie for himself.

A sawdust pie is named for it’s looks, not it’s taste–thank the gods!  I had been recommending it to customers with a drizzle of hot fudge which turned out to be a huge hit.  I decided to make one for home but with a black bottom twist.  Here’s my take on the recipe:

Black Bottom Sawdust Pie

  • 3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped pecans
  • 1 1/2 cups sweetened, flaked coconut
  • 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 cup (about 7-8) egg whites
  • 1 9-inch, deep dish pie shell (standard pie crust)
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Place chocolate chips in bottom of pie crust.
  3. Mix remaining ingredients together and pour into pie shell (mixture will be thick).
  4. Bake for 30-35 minutes until set.
  5. Serve warmed with some vanilla ice cream or a cloud of homemade whipped cream.



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