Schadenfreude Pie

"From John Scalzi's blog. He coined the phrase "Schadenfreude Pie" (after the phrase "humble pie," which actually has nothing to do with the state of being humble), then wondered what such a thing would taste like. "Dark. Rich. And oh so bittersweet," he decided. He goes on to say, "Also -- and this is really just a perfect but unintentional extension of the whole schadenfreude metaphor -- you really only want a small slice; too much of this pie and it'll sit in the pit of your stomach like a rock of judgment, pulling you down. Small slice? Excellent. Big slice? You'll regret it. Just like schadenfreude itself.""
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Ready In:
1 9" pie




  • Preheat oven to 375°F.
  • In a bowl, combine melted butter with brown sugar, corn syrup, molasses and cinnamon, and beat well. Fold in melted chocolate. Beat in eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in Kahlua. Pour into crust.
  • Bake in preheated oven 45-50 minutes until a knife inserted into the center comes out clean. Let cool at least 20 minutes before slicing. Serve SMALL slices with a glass of ice-cold milk.

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  1. Mark C.
    It’s *very* similar to a pecan or black walnut pie, sans nuts, and with added Kahlua. It’s insanely rich, like Stephen Pyle’s Heaven and Hell Cake; and you want only small slices of this pie. I made this pie when an overbearing supervisor who made his staff miserable was terminated.
  2. Lovellama
    It's true, a delicious pie that should be eaten in small amounts. But it's hard to not eat more!


I'm a 48 y/o gay Jewish man in the suburbs immediately north of New York City. I'm a general internist, practicing and teaching at a medical college north of NYC. I also earned a Masters in Public Health degree in 2013. After a Walt Disney World trip in Dec 2006 where I had to rent an electric scooter because I couldn't manage the walking, I decided to have gastric bypass surgery, which was done Feb 28, 2007. I lost 160 lbs (though I've gained back about 60 of that since). I can't eat as much as I used to, so I want every bite to be extra good!
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