Chocolate and oranges is one of my favourite combination. In this pie chocolate crust meets orange flavour cottage cheese filling. It is a great pie in winter, because oranges always have a Christmas spirit, but it is also perfect in Spring or summer, because orange juice in the filling makes it light and adds freshness.
I baked this pie in the early morning, when everyone else in the house were sleeping. I had some coffee while dough was cooling in the freezer. What can I say? It was perfect morning without any rush and I loved it.
For the crust:
300g of flour
200g of butter
200g of sugar
few drops of vanilla extract
2 tsp of natural unsweetened cacao powder
1 tsp of baking soda
Melt the butter in double boiler, add sugar, vanilla extract and whisk well. After the mixture is cooled a little, add the egg and whisk again. In another bowl mix flour, baking soda and cacao powder. Add butter mixture and knead until the dough is even. If it still does stick, add some extra flour. Divide the dough into two equal pieces, and put in the freezer for at least 40mins for dough to harden.
500g of cottage cheese
150g of sour cream
100g of sugar
zest and juice of 1 small orange
2 tbsp of potatoes starch
While dough sits in the freezer, prepare the filling. Beat the eggs with sugar. Mix the cottage cheese with sour cream, starch, orange zest and juice in another bowl. Add eggs with sugar into the mixture and whisk very well. I advice to use mixer/blender to whisk the filling well, because it can be quite hard to do it by hand.
When the dough is totally harden, take it out. Shred one part of the dough on the baking pan and spread it equaly with your fingers. Pour the filling on top and shred another part of the dough on top. Bake into 180ºC preheated oven for 45mins. It will look a little jelly first, but that’s ok. Let it cool completely before you slice it.