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Love, Loss and a Nutella Pie

Nothing says I love you like a chocolate pretzel crusted, berry laden nutella pie. You know you want to eat the whole thing. Admit it.

Nutella & Berry Pie with Pretzel Crust by FamilySpice.com

Earlier this month was my husband’s birthday. We kept the celebration small and informal, the way he likes it. We save the big, fun parties for the kids’ birthdays. His favorite dessert is tiramisu. I’ve made it several times for him. Haven’t posted the recipe yet. But, it’s his favorite. I didn’t make it this year. Cruel wife? No, not really. I had my reasons.

As many of you know, last month a fellow-foodie, Jennie from In Jennie’s Kitchen, lost her husband suddenly from a heart attack. And now she is struggling to live without her partner, her best friend and to begin a new chapter in her life and raise her girls alone. Her story has moved many of us. The beautiful video by WORC will reduce you to tears.

Jennie asked the food bloggers to make her husband’s favorite pie, in Mikey’s honor. A Creamy Peanut Butter Pie.

When I found out about it, I didn’t have much time to get the ingredients. Life was busy with school starting. Errands. Appointments. I told myself I would do it, eventually.

Then a month passed.

When my husband’s birthday rolled around, I remembered Jennie, and I made up a pie for my husband, but with Mikey on my mind. It’s not peanut butter, it’s Nutella – our family’s current obsession.

The crust is made with pretzels and chocolate. The filling has cream cheese and Nutella. The topping fresh berries & melted jam.

Nutella & Berry Pie with Pretzel Crust


Laura Bashar

A sweet & salty crust, creamy Nutella filling and ripe berries makes this one irresistible dessert. Recipe by Laura Bashar of Family Spice


  • 2 cup pretzels, any shape
  • 1/4 cup butter, unsalted
  • 3/4 cup chocolate chips, bittersweet
  • 8 oz cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup Nutella
  • 8 oz strawberries, halved
  • 4 oz blackberries
  • 3 oz blueberries
  • 3 TBS strawberry jam, warmed


  1. In a food processor, purée until 1 cup of crumbs are formed:
    • 2 cup pretzels , any shape
  2. In a double boiler, melt over medium heat:
    • 1/4 cup butter, unsalted
    • 3/4 cup chocolate chips, bittersweet
  3. Remove chocolate mixture from heat and stir in the pretzel crumbs.
  4. Coat an 8-inch tart pan with removable bottom with non-stick spray.
  5. Press chocolate-pretzel mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan, pressing it up the sides into an even layer.
  6. Refrigerate crust for 30 minutes.
  7. Using a hand mixer, whisk together:
    • 8 oz cream cheese , room temperature
    • 1/2 cup Nutella
  8. Spread the Nutella mixture evenly into the chocolate-pretzel crust.
  9. Place in a decorative manner over the Nutella mixture:
    • 8 oz strawberries , halved
    • 4 oz blackberries
    • 3 oz blueberries
  10. Brush over the fruit with:
    • 3 TBS strawberry jam , warmed
  11. Place tart back in the refrigerator and chill for at least an hour.
  12. Prior to serving, remove tart from pan, slice and serve.

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Yield: 8 servings

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Nutella & Berry Pie with Pretzel Crust Detail

Nutella & Berry Pie with Pretzel Crust by FamilySpice.com

A simple pie to show the one’s you love, well, that you love them. Because we don’t know how long this roller coaster called life will last, so we better enjoy the ride while we are on it.

On a lighter note, we have a winner in my Betty Crocker Giveaway, picked by random.org:

Cindy B.
“I’m loving the taste the Kahlua and the French Vanilla Kahlua give my boxed chocolate brownies or cakes.”

We had a lot of terrific tips on what to add to your favorite box cake/brownie mix. You can check them all out here. I’m personally fascinated with Carrie’s suggestion (from Carrie’s Sweet Life) of chocolate cake and diet soda… Call me sick, but that sounds dreamy!

I’ll have another giveaway for you next week, so until then, hug the ones you love and have a great a week!