Milk Chocolate Honey Walnut Pie

There is angel in each one of us.

The dark cloud yesterday morning announced the sudden rain pour that was strong but brief. As I busily dry my wet umbrella while waiting in the covered bus stop an old woman on her late 80’s arrived and took refuge on the same shelter. Half wet from waist till her legs she smiled at me and told me with pride, “Oh It’s rare that it rains in Provence but I always carry my umbrella with me!” “What a great girl scout you are!” I teasingly replied. I don’t know if she understood the joke but we both laugh. As the bus arrived I have only one thing in my mind, sleep in the bus and listen to my Ipod. But alas, as I entered the bus the old woman already reserved the seat close to her for me. She smiled at me and insisted that I sit beside her for a company and told me that she would love to spend the trip beside me.

As our bus advance to our destination I get to know little by little this gracious stranger seated close to me. We were like high-school girls giggling at almost anything. Oh we talked about lot of stuffs. From politics to why women should never be allowed to drive to her misfortunes, her recent lost his son, and her current battle: his husband who’s still in comma for few days now. She told me how she loved him and how it would be hard for her to imagine living a life old and alone without him. People who know me personally know that I am type of person that loves to crack jokes and put a smile on other people’s faces for whatever it takes whatsoever the circumstances are. I didn’t only put a smile on her face I also made her laugh a lot of times. As we went down the bus, I gave her a strong hug, kisses on her cheeks and whispered words of encouragement on her ears. She was teary eyed when she waved her hand goodbye and continued her direction towards the hospital.

It is true that it’s not everyday we have rain in Provence. But it could be any day we can be an angel to a complete stranger.


My angels are flying a slice of this chocolate honey walnut pie over at Cookthink for their 33rd edition of Root Source Challenge. If you love honey you will surely love this edition.

By the way, Haze & Makis, this is the tart I bake for our lunchdate that didn't show up :-)

Milk Chocolate Honey Walnut Pie

For the pate brisée (recipe here)

300 g of coarsely chopped walnut
100 g of brown sugar (about half a cup)
2 tablespoons of honey ( I used lavander honey)
150 g of milk chocolate
55 g of butter (about half a stick)
2 tablespoons of flour
4 eggs
2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
20 cl of heavy cream

Cream your eggs with sugar, then add the flour. Melt the chocolate and fold it into your heavy cream. Add the vanilla extra. Pour the chocolate mixture on your egg-sugar-flour mixture and mix them well. Put half of your chopped walnuts on your cooked pastry shell and pour over the chocolate mixture. Sprinkle the rest of your nuts on the top. Preheat the oven at 180° celsius and bake for 20-25 minutes. Serve with a scoop of ice-cream of your choice.

Try my other walnut recipes:

Rolled Turkey Escalopes with Walnut Parsley Pesto
Walnut Wine
Pannetone Pudding with cream-anglaise and Walnut brittle


Unknown said...

God truly put you in her path to give her comfort and encouragement... you were truly sweet to be able to do that... and what a lovely pie from a lovely person... :)

Manggy said...

Dhanggit, you are so sweet. And a real treasure to many of us in this community! Thank you for sharing. And now you've given us yet another reason to rejoice a Friday!! :)

Clumbsy Cookie said...

You are truly an angel my dear. For putting a smile on that nice lady's face, I'm sure she really needed it, and now for putting on in my face after seeing this delicious tart!

lubnakarim06 said...

So Sweet of you. Comforting a person in the midst of pain is something very rare. You are a true angel. Nice walnut pie. I like those crust clicks also.

Emily said...

That's such a nice story! I'm glad you cheered her up.

You should have given her a slice of this pie. Mmm.

haze said...

I got teary eyed and yes there could be bitches on the streets but there are more than angels living on earth. I believe good things win and evil empire never wins ! I hope that his husband will come back soon to life!

Well the pie looks really good :D ! Next time when you cross her path make her taste of this delicious pie ;!

Finla said...

I always knew you are a real sweety.
I am sure the old lady had lot of pleasure spending the time with you.
I would love to have a slice of this pie, it looks so delicious and sweet.

les recettes de ceci said...


i don't speak english very well. i see your blog in the foodies page. I finish this message in french because i don't know how to say: c'est une vraie tuerie... bye

Pam said...

What a special story...not only did you make her day, I think she made your too.

This pie is making my mouth water! It has incredible ingredients and wonderful flavors.

La Bella Cooks said...

You are killing me with these chocolate pies lately and I love it! This one looks especially delicious.

Deborah said...

You are the angel!!

And what a gorgeous pie. I'll take a slice!

Maria said...

You are a true sweetheart!
And look at your gorgeous pie! It has everything delicious and then some!

Anonymous said...

Yup, the more we give, the more we receive. Now we know why you are so gifted! Lovely pie! :) Surely as sweet as the baker :)

Alexa said...

You made my day! It's the little joys we can bring even a stranger that make such a difference.
You are not only generous in person but on your blog as well. This pie is gorgeous and sweet--just like you!

Adam said...

Dhanggit, two things come to mind when I think of you... smiles and chocolate :) Great story I think it sums up how awesome you are in a nutshell... a walnut nutshell :)

vanillasugarblog said...

what a sweetheart you are indeed!
I had no idea you live in france. I am so jealous. Oh the inspiration for cooking is all around that area.
and this pie....girl you can cook!

Nazarina A said...

Ahhhh! Honey, nectar of the Gods and very sad that they are vanishing in my part of the world.In fact, we are trying to raise money to complete a film about the "vanishing of the bees."
Where was I, Oh, I wanted to say a "killer bee was very busy in her kitchen because this tart looks killer!

Cakelaw said...

A lovely pie - and a beautiful story Dhanggit.

Jan said...

What a sweetheart you are to brighten that old lady's day. And thank you for brightening my day with your lovely looking pie.

Lori Lynn said...

Oh your pie sounds wonderful. i especially like how you present it, with the ice cream and drizzles.

Beachlover said...

I realise you like to use choc in your baking. very creative!.I bought choc powder,semi sweet choc,cooking cho but dunno what to do with it except choc chip cookies!!lol!

Deeba PAB said...

What a touching tale to a pie that's sweet as you Dhanggit. HUGS & LOVE...Deeba

Natalie Que said...

You are so great! I already knew you were so sweet, but this just proved it!

I think I want a divorce from Ben so I can marry this pie! It just looks so great, sorry honey!

Gabi said...

You are an angel- the power to creat love can be so addictive and it gives to us too don't you think?

Suzana said...

Oh my! Dhanggit, what a scrumptious tart! And the photos are lovely. :-)

Peter M said...

It is are sweeter than the treats you present here. People like you make the world go round and desserts like these make ME more round!

Anonymous said...

What a touching story... you are indeed a sweet angel and I am glad you gave the old lady hope, happiness and encouragement when she needed it most :)

Rosie said...

You truly are an angel and touched the life of this elderly lady! I have a lump in my throat just reading this and thank heavens for people like you who walk this earth!

Rosie x