Chocolate pretzel pie

19 Oct


I find that most people have a love/hate relationship with pretzels. I know which camp I fall into and it is not love. The strange thing is, I love salty, savoury, crunchy snacks but there is just something about pretzels that I dislike.

I remember going to New York many years ago and being so excited to sample a real, legit pretzel. The Hungry Dad and I found a cart selling them, I bought one, savoured the moment, bit it then… nothing. I recall being so underwhelmed and so disappointed with my first foray into the world of pretzels that I threw it in the bin. Again, I love doughy food like bagels so I would have guessed that pretzels and I would be BFFs. Sadly it was not to be…

So despite my lacklustre opinion of pretzels I find they often appear in my pantry. I don’t know, obviously I am in charge of doing the groceries but every so often a giant bag appears. Misses 8 and 10 love them and eat them as after school snacks, or take them to school with hommos so they may very well be culprits sneaking them into the house.

Recently we were invited to a friend’s house for a casual lunch so I decided to create something from the gigantic bag of pretzels. I thought marrying the crunch of pretzels with the smoothness of dark chocolate sounded like a winner.

This chocolate pretzel tart is super rich so a thin wedge is sufficient, even for the most chocophiliac of dessert eaters.


2 ½ cups pretzels

185 grams butter, melted

1/4 cup brown sugar

1 cup thickened cream

1 cup dark chocolate, diced

Extra whole pretzels to decorate



Preheat oven to 180C and grease an 18cm round tart/pie dish with non-stick cooking spray.

Pour the 2 ½ cups pretzels into the bowl of a food processor and wiz until finely crushed.

Tip in a mixing bowl then stir in the melted butter until all combined. Add the sugar and stir to mix, then press into the tart/pise dish. Bake for ten minutes then set aside.

In a small pan combine chocolate and cream over a low heat and stir until mixture is melted and glossy, stirring all the time.

Tip the chocolate into the pie crust then decorate with extra pretzels then place in the fridge for six hours until firm. Cut into wedges to serve.





21 Responses to “Chocolate pretzel pie”

  1. Gary Lum October 19, 2016 at 5:40 pm #

    I’m not a pretzel fan either but when combined with something sweet they are a good carrier of flavour.

    • The Hungry Mum October 20, 2016 at 8:38 am #

      That’s a good way of looking at them – a carrier of flavour. I must be less harsh in my pretzel hatred 😉

      • Gary Lum October 20, 2016 at 8:40 am #

        I didn’t think you were that harsh. For me if I’m out and if pretzels are the only choice I have more a sense of disappointment rather than hatred. Even if there was some cheese I could somehow combine the cheese with the pretzel.

  2. alexcellent October 19, 2016 at 11:54 pm #

    This looks delicious! I agree with Gary about the something sweet -pretzels are better mixed with chocolate or crushed up into ice cream.

  3. Sarah 'n Spice October 20, 2016 at 5:00 am #

    2 of my favorite things! Pie looks sonderful!

    • The Hungry Mum October 20, 2016 at 8:13 pm #

      Thanks Sarah 🙂 Chocolate plus pie equals happiness.

  4. Tasty Eats Ronit Penso October 20, 2016 at 5:35 am #

    mmm sweet and salty – can’t beat that! 🙂

    • The Hungry Mum October 20, 2016 at 8:12 pm #

      I love salty with my sweet – nice to break up the sweetness x

  5. nepaliaustralian October 20, 2016 at 8:16 am #

    How clever and yummy 🙂

    • The Hungry Mum October 20, 2016 at 5:13 pm #

      Oooh, yours has Nutella and cream cheese #swoon.

  6. Laura @ Feast Wisely October 21, 2016 at 2:09 pm #

    Yum Hungry Mum I am imagining the slight crunchy flavour that comes from blitzing the pretzels 😄

    • The Hungry Mum October 21, 2016 at 6:06 pm #

      Cheers Laura 🙂 I love blitzing things in the food processor – so satisfying 🙂

  7. youthfoodblog October 21, 2016 at 5:00 pm #

    What a lovely and unique look!

  8. October 25, 2016 at 11:09 am #

    Yum! This sounds so good…Will definitely be trying it out! Gotta love chocolate. You should check out my flourless chocolate torte recipe. It’s my most recent post. So easy to make and so delicious!

    • The Hungry Mum October 25, 2016 at 9:30 pm #

      Thanks. I love the name of your blog! Off to check it out 🙂

  9. chocolatesuze October 25, 2016 at 3:09 pm #

    I love pretzels so a pretzel base sounds amazing

  10. weebluemixer October 26, 2016 at 7:23 am #

    Ooh this looks yummy. I love pretzels and the sweet chocolate and salty pretzel combo is always good!

  11. ChgoJohn October 31, 2016 at 6:25 am #

    I don’t go crazy when I see a bowl of pretzels but I will nibble on them once the chips, nuts, candies, and crudités are all gone. I do enjoy chocolate smothered pretzels, however, and this pie would definitely work for me, Given enough chocolate, I’ll eat just about anything. 🙂

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