Indulge in Deliciousness: Blum’s Coffee-Toffee Pie Recipe

Are you a coffee lover looking for a dessert that perfectly complements your caffeine cravings? Look no further than the Blum’s Coffee-Toffee Pie Recipe, a transformed classic dessert in all its caffeine-rich luxury.

Blum’s Bakery, a historic San Francisco staple, popularized this pie recipe in the 1970s. The recipe card for this pie and other pastry specialties was distributed through McCall’s Cooking School. Since then, it has become famous in coffee shops across the United States and remains a cherished dish that many enjoy today.

As an articulative assistant for a professional chef, I share with you this recipe that is simple to make and will blow your taste buds away. This pie is the perfect way to wrap up a dinner party or family event; it’s also great for gatherings with friends.

In this recipe article, I will take you through everything you need to know about making this delectable coffee toffee pie, including the steps to follow and the ingredients required. Let’s get started, shall we?

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Blum's Coffee-Toffee Pie
Blum’s Coffee-Toffee Pie

Food lovers, you’re in for a real treat with this mouth-watering recipe for Blum’s Coffee-Toffee Pie. Get ready to experience a explosion of flavors in every bite!

First and foremost, the secret ingredient in this recipe is the rich and smooth coffee-toffee chocolate filling. It brings together the perfect balance of sweetness and bitterness, making it an absolutely irresistible mix that will tantalize your taste buds like never before.

But that’s not all. Blum’s Coffee-Toffee Pie is traditionally made with a crunchy and buttery pastry shell that complements the filling beautifully. This combination transforms the classic pie into a luxurious dessert that exudes utter sophistication.

And, let’s not forget about the chopped walnuts scattered on top of this heavenly treat giving it an additional layer of texture and nuttiness.

This recipe comes from none other than San Francisco’s Blum Bakery. A place where coffee shops used to grace the streets, and where this pie first originated. Since then, it has become an American recipe that is adored across the nation.

The best thing about Blum’s Coffee-Toffee Pie is how versatile it is! Whether you’re looking for a delicious addition to your dessert buffet or impressing your guests with a show-stopper, this pie recipe is sure to impress everyone. From buttercrunch pies to blondies, you can serve it with ice cream or banana – this coffee crunch cake recipe is simply perfect anytime, anywhere!

In summary, this recipe allows you to enjoy a low-fat version of Blum’s classic dessert right at home. So why wait? Put on your baking hats and indulge in a sweet decadence that will transport you instantly to what San Francisco was once famous for – luxury desserts!

Ingredient List

 A slice of heaven that will warm your heart and taste buds.
A slice of heaven that will warm your heart and taste buds.

Get your ingredients ready!

Before we start making our delicious Blum’s Coffee-Toffee Pie, let’s gather all the ingredients we’ll need. You’ll need to visit your local grocery store and find the following:

  • 4-ounce package unsweetened chocolate square
  • ¼ cup instant coffee
  • 1 packaged pie crust mix
  • 4 cups light brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 1 cup margarine or butter, softened
  • 4 eggs, well beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ¾ cup chopped walnuts and additional walnuts for decoration
  • 1 recipe of Coffee Crunch Cake
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • Powdered sugar for dusting on top of the pie shell.

Make sure to double-check you have everything before starting to bake. Also, keep in mind that you can substitute some of these ingredients for others if you’re feeling creative. Check out the substitutions and variations section for some ideas!

The Recipe How-To

 Who said you can't have coffee and dessert at the same time? We did!
Who said you can’t have coffee and dessert at the same time? We did!

Now that you have gathered all the ingredients, it’s time to put your apron on and start baking. This Blum’s Coffee-Toffee Pie Recipe is a must-try for those who love coffee, toffee, and pie all together! Follow this step-by-step recipe to make an impressive dessert that will steal the show.

Preparing the Filling

First, preheat oven to 350°F. Start preparing the filling by beating 3 eggs with an electric mixer for five minutes until light and frothy. Add in ¼ cup of powdered sugar, ¼ cup of unsweetened instant coffee and beat until well combined. In another bowl, cream 1 cup of softened butter with 1 cup of light brown sugar until light and fluffy. Slowly add in the egg mixture and beat until well combined.

Adding Toffee Crunch

Next, add1 cup of finely chopped walnuts and 1 cup of crushed coffee-toffee chocolate bars (such as Heath or Skor). Mix well and pour the mixture into the prepared 9-inch pastry shell.


Bake for 45-50 minutes or until set. Check that the pie is cooked through by inserting a toothpick into the center; it should come out clean when ready.

Making Whipped Cream Topping

While the pie is baking, make whipped cream topping by whipping up ¾ cups of heavy whipping cream with a teaspoon of vanilla extract until soft peaks form. Add in 2 tablespoons of powdered sugar and continue to whisk until peaks form.


Once the pie has cooled completely, top it off with whipped cream and additional toffee crunch before serving. You can also serve it alongside some ice cream, fresh banana slices or simply enjoy it on its own.

This recipe yields a transformed classic dessert that once brought fame to San Francisco’s coffee shops, Blum’s Bakery Blum Coffee Toffee Pie Recipe has been around since 1971 when it was first published in McCall Cooking School Recipe Card Pies Pastry 45. Almost five decades later, it still is one of the most beloved desserts today thanks to its low-fat luxury taste that satisfies your sweet tooth while giving you a caffeine boost!

Substitutions and Variations

 A dreamy confection that perfectly marries coffee and chocolate.
A dreamy confection that perfectly marries coffee and chocolate.

As a chef, I always encourage creativity in the kitchen. While Blum’s Coffee-Toffee Pie recipe is perfect as-is, you can always tweak it to make it your own. Here are a few substitutions and variations that I recommend trying:

1. Gluten-Free: Swap the pre-packaged pie crust mix for a gluten-free alternative.

2. Nut-Free: If allergies are a concern, skip the walnuts and try adding shaved dark chocolate or sliced bananas instead.

3. Chocolate Lovers: Use both milk and dark chocolate to make this pie even more decadent.

4. Coffee Infused Whipped Cream: Make the whipped cream filling extra flavorful by adding a tablespoon of instant coffee to the heavy whipping cream before mixing.

5. Buttercrunch Pie: Turn this pie into a Buttercrunch Pie by swapping out the walnuts with chopped butter crunch candy.

6. Caramel Toffee Pie: Add an extra layer of caramel sauce on top of the coffee toffee layer for a beautiful and rich finish.

No matter which variation you choose, Blum’s Coffee-Toffee Pie will remain the perfect dessert for any occasion – from celebrations to gatherings – or even just solo indulgence!

Serving and Pairing

 It's time to indulge in something sinfully decadent.
It’s time to indulge in something sinfully decadent.

Blum’s Coffee-Toffee Pie is a luxurious dessert that is best served chilled, allowing the flavors to meld together for a heavenly experience in every bite. When slicing the pie, use a sharp knife with a smooth motion to avoid damaging the crust or the delicate filling.

For an added layer of decadence, top each slice with a dollop of freshly whipped cream and a dusting of powdered sugar. The whipped cream rounds out the flavors of the coffee and toffee, while the dusting of sugar balances out the boldness with a subtle sweetness.

If you’re looking to enhance your overall experience with this dessert, pair it with a hot cup of coffee or espresso. This will not only amplify the flavor profile of the pie but also provide you with an ultimate caffeine kick. For those who prefer alcohol, pairing this dessert with a rich port wine will create an incredible blend of flavors that’ll leave you feeling refined.

This pie is perfect for serving at dinner parties or intimate gatherings because it’s easy to make and looks great on any table as a showstopper dessert. One alternative way to enjoy this treat is by using leftover slices as toppings for ice cream sundaes, chopping them up as mix-ins for cookies, or just warming up in the microwave to enjoy warm.

Whichever way you decide to serve this pie, know that it will undoubtedly impress everyone at your table and become a new favorite dessert in their books.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Take a bite and let the toffee chocolate filling make your soul sing.
Take a bite and let the toffee chocolate filling make your soul sing.

One of the best things about this Blum’s Coffee-Toffee Pie Recipe is that you can prepare it ahead of time. In fact, it’s an ideal dessert to whip up the day before serving, as it needs a few hours in the refrigerator to set.

To make the most of your time, you can even prepare the filling separately and refrigerate it for a few days. When ready to assemble, pour the chilled filling into your pre-baked pastry shell and chill for several hours until firm.

If you have leftovers (which is not very likely!), they will store exceptionally well in the refrigerator. The pie should be wrapped tightly in plastic wrap or placed in an airtight container to prevent any moisture from seeping in. It will keep for up to three days and will still taste as good as new.

When reheating leftovers, it’s best to warm each slice separately in the microwave for 15-20 seconds. This will soften the chocolate layer and bring out the coffee-toffee flavors that you know and love.

Overall, this coffee-toffee pie is a perfect make-ahead dessert that still tastes amazing even when stored for later consumption. Just be prepared for your guests to ask for seconds and thirds!

Tips for Perfect Results

 Perfect for a holiday gathering or a cozy night in with someone special.
Perfect for a holiday gathering or a cozy night in with someone special.

Making the perfect pie requires not only following the recipe but also understanding some tips and tricks to ensure a successful outcome. Here are some useful tips that will help you achieve the best results with the Blum’s Coffee-Toffee Pie Recipe:

Firstly, make sure you use freshly brewed, strong coffee or espresso in both the filling and the topping. Do not skimp on these ingredients as they impart a rich, coffee flavor to the pie.

Secondly, it is essential to thoroughly cool the filling before pouring it into the pie crust. This ensures that the filling sets properly and creates a smooth, even texture that won’t separate or crack.

Thirdly, do not forget to chill your mixing bowl and beaters before whipping the heavy cream for the topping. This helps create a fluffy, stable whipped cream that won’t deflate or become too runny.

Fourthly, lightly toast walnuts before adding them to the filling or topping. This releases their natural oils and enhances their nutty flavor.

Fifthly, when making the toffee crunch topping, be very vigilant as sugar can quickly burn. Use a heavy bottomed saucepan over medium heat and stir continuously until caramelized.

Sixthly, use a sharp knife to cut your pie as this will ensure neat slices without tearing or smudging.

Seventhly, dust your finished pie with a generous amount of powdered sugar for an elegant touch of sweetness.

Lastly, enjoy your creation! Whether it’s for an indulgent dessert or a special occasion, Blum’s Coffee-Toffee Pie Recipe is bound to impress anyone who takes a bite.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, Blum’s Coffee-Toffee Pie Recipe is a true delight for any coffee and pie lovers out there. Whether you are a professional chef or home cook, this recipe will offer you a luxurious and indulgent experience that will transcend the ordinary. By following these instructions, tips, and recommendations based on the ingredient list and how-to section, you can rest assured that you’ll achieve perfect results with every attempt.

So why not give it a try and add a touch of San Francisco’s coffee shop heritage to your life? Transforming the classic dessert into an irresistible pie that will wow your guests has never been so easy. And if you feel adventurous, don’t hesitate to try some of the substitutions and variations mentioned in this article. The possibilities are endless!

Remember to keep in mind the serving and pairing suggestions, as well as the make-ahead, storing, and reheating options that we’ve covered. They will help you get the most out of your Blum’s Coffee-Toffee Pie Recipe experience.

Lastly, don’t forget to share your results with us in the comments section below or on social media using #BlumCoffeeToffeePie. We cannot wait to see what you come up with!

Blum's Coffee-Toffee Pie

Blum’s Coffee-Toffee Pie Recipe

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Prep Time 1 d
Cook Time 15 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Calories 640.9 kcal


Pastry Shell

  • 4 ounces packaged pie crust mix
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 3/4 cup finely chopped walnuts
  • 1 unsweetened chocolate square, grated
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 unsweetened chocolate square, melted and cooled
  • 2 teaspoons instant coffee
  • 2 eggs


  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons instant coffee
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar


  • For the pastry shell,mix all ingredients together well and turn into a well greased 9 inch pie plate.
  • Press mixture firmly into bottom and up the sides of pie plate.
  • Bake at 375 degrees for 15 minutes.
  • Cool the pastry shell in the pie plate on a wire rack.
  • For the filling,in a small bowl with an electric mixer at medium speed,beat butter until creamy.
  • Gradually add sugar,beating until light.
  • Blend in cool,melted chocolate and 2 teaspoons instant coffee.
  • Add 1 egg and beat 5 minutes.
  • Add egg number 2 and beat 5 more minutes.
  • Turn filling into cooled pastry shell.
  • Refrigerate pie,covered,overnight.
  • Next day make topping.
  • In a large bowl,combine cream with instant coffee and powdered sugar.
  • Refrigerate mixture,covered,for one hour.
  • Beat cream mixture until stiff.
  • Decorate pie with topping.
  • If you feel like being really fancy add chocolate curls as a garnish.
  • Refrigerate for 2 hours berfore serving.

Your Own Notes


Serving: 153gCalories: 640.9kcalCarbohydrates: 46.6gProtein: 6.7gFat: 50.2gSaturated Fat: 25.5gCholesterol: 164.9mgSodium: 234.8mgFiber: 1.9gSugar: 33.3g
Keyword Dessert, Pie, Sweet
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