To The Love of Books!

   

So, I was informed today that one of the movies that I am looking forward to is coming out this weekend! I am most excited! Why? I LOVED the Hunger Games Trilogy! It was a fantastic book that had me from the get go and someone that had me reading it just about non stop!

I have also, within the last month, watched a fantastic movie that was based upon a book (Ah books, most wonderful, aren’t they?). I usually prefer books over movies, but there is still that excitement! Plus it’s something my family can watch together and enjoy! It’s hard to read a good long book together, but it’s easy to sit down and turn on a movie and have everyone enjoy it!

So to celebrate and prepare myself for the Hunger Game movies, I am going to try a Pie recipe that I have been wanting to do since seeing The Help. The only difference: No “secret/special” ingredients.

But first, let me tell you about the Hunger Games!

The Hunger Games is actually set in the future after some apocalyptic event. Things are very different and all of our technology gone. There are some high tech devices, but these devices are not for the everyday person. Only the Capitol has the wealth to truly have this technology. Other than the Capitol, There are 12 other districts. And sadly, their names just say their district. For example, the district that the main character is from is District 12.

Now here is a clip from Wikipedia that I think describes what the Hunger Games is: “As punishment for a previous rebellion against the Capitol in which a 13th district was destroyed, one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 from each district are selected by annual lottery to participate in the Hunger Games, an event in which the participants (or “tributes”) must fight in an outdoor arena controlled by the Capitol, until only one remains.”

And this is the world we find Katniss Everdeen.

Now, I don’t want to ruin the plot or anything, so I will leave it as so. But trust me when is say it is a MUST READ book!

And to celebrate my excitement, here is a recipe from The Help! Which was a book, now a movie. I cannot wait to try this!

As for the movie, it is a GREAT movie! My husband and I watched it together (took some convincing but he eventually agreed to it) and let me tell you, he was quite surprised how much he liked it. We bought it. Fantastic movie. The Help is about, well… the Help. This was during the par-tide where people in the south justified “Separate, but equal” but really, the blacks were still treated quite harshly and unjustly. This is trying to see the point of view from a woman who was a maid. Her mother was a made, and her grandmother was a slave, and so she always knew she’d be a maid (or so is the gist of the opening dialogue of the movie), and Rita Skeeter, a white southern lady who loved her maid growing up and has a respect for them that many others do not. They try to show others the injustice and the point of view of being the help by anonymously writing a book. There’s more to it, but you need to see it! Now, for the recipe.

INGREDIENTS

  1. 1 packaged pie dough crust, such as Pillsbury
  2. 1 1/2 cups sugar
  3. 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  4. 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  5. 2 large eggs, beaten
  6. 3/4 cup evaporated milk
  7. 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  8. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  9. Whipped cream, for serving
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°. Ease the pie crust into a 9-inch pie plate and crimp the edges decoratively. Prick the crust lightly with a fork. Line the crust with foil or parchment paper and fill with pie weights or dried beans. Bake for 15 minutes or until set. Remove the foil and weights and bake for about 5 minutes longer, just until the crust is dry but not browned.
  2. Meanwhile, in a bowl, whisk the sugar with the cocoa powder, butter, eggs, evaporated milk, vanilla and salt until smooth.
  3. Pour the filling into the pie shell and bake for about 45 minutes, until the filling is set around the edges but a little jiggly in the center. Cover the crust with strips of foil halfway through baking. Transfer the pie to a rack and let cool completely before cutting into wedges. Serve with whipped cream.
MAKE AHEAD The chocolate pie can be refrigerated overnight.
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