Rum-Walnut-Chocolate-Chip Pie

  (Bob Chamberlin, Los Angeles Times)

Dear SOS: Having encountered the best chocolate pie ever at Cold Springs Tavern, an old stagecoach stop in Santa Barbara, I'm wondering whether you can persuade the restaurant to share its recipe. I am quite certain it is prepared on premises, is served warm and contains walnuts.

Dee Dee Ruhlow

Burbank

Dear Dee Dee: We loved the combination of chocolate with walnuts and rum in this very rich pie, perfect for chocolate lovers! Each slice is great served slightly warmed with a big glass of milk.

Rum-walnut chocolate-chip pie

Total time: About 1 hour

Servings: 10 to 12

Note: Adapted from Cold Springs Tavern. If using a homemade pie shell, blind bake the crust (lined first with foil and weights, then with weights removed) just until set, about 10 to 15 minutes. For store-bought pie crust, par-bake the pie shell just until set, using the instructions on the package.

3 eggs

2 tablespoons rum, preferably Puerto Rican white rum

3/4 teaspoon vanilla

1/3 cup sugar

2/3 cup brown sugar

Scant 1/2 cup (2 ounces) flour

1 cup chopped walnuts

1 (12 ounce) bag semi-sweet chocolate chips, divided

1 1/2 sticks ( 3/4 cups) butter

1 par-baked pie shell

1. Heat the oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs with the rum and vanilla. Whisk in the sugar and brown sugar until incorporated, then whisk in the flour. Fold in the walnuts and half of the chocolate chips until evenly incorporated.

2. In a medium saucepan, melt the butter. Remove from heat and stir in the remaining chocolate chips until melted and combined.

3. Fold the melted butter and chocolate mixture into the large bowl with the rest of the filling. Pour the filling into the par-baked pie shell. Place the pie in the oven and bake just until the pie sets (it will jiggle just slightly when tapped), 30 to 45 minutes.

4. Remove and cool completely before serving.

Each serving: 477 calories; 6 grams protein; 48 grams carbohydrates; 3 grams fiber; 31 grams fat; 14 grams saturated fat; 83 mg. cholesterol; 85 mg. sodium.