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Saturday, June 23, 2012

Chocolate Icebox Cake

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This is a fun and easy way to get a chocolate dessert on the table. This is an old King Arthur recipe I have made over the years when I was too lazy to turn on the oven — ring any bells? It's a great summer dessert!

1 1/4 cups graham cracker or chocolate cracker crumbs
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
6 tablespoons melted butter(unsalted)
1/3 cup hot water
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
8 ounces chocolate chunks
1 1/2 cups heavy cream(12 ounces)
1 tablespoon sugar
pinch salt

Preheat your oven to 375. To make crust combine crumbs, sugar,cinnamon and melted butter and press into the bottom of a greased 9 inch pie pan. Freeze the crust for 15 minutes. Then put into the oven and bake for 8-10 minutes until lightly browned around the edges. Remove from oven and cool completely. To make filling combine hot water,cocoa,vanilla in a small measuring cup and set aside. Melt the chocolate over a double boiler or in the microwave and let cool for a few minutes. Whip the cream, sugar and salt until soft peaks form then stir in the cocoa mixture into the melted chocolate. Using a whisk fold the in the whipped cream until no white streaks are visible. Spread the filling evenly into the crust. Let firm up in the fridge at least 1 hour before serving. Serve cold, garnished with whipped cream or chocolate ice cream or anything else you like.