Monday, September 26, 2011

The Answer is Chocolate Pie

Yesterday was a cool, rainy day here in middle Tennessee and I was in the mood to cook.   One of my friends made the comment they wished they had something to bake.  I said I was thinking about apple pie bars or chocolate cream pie.  Her remark - chocolate cream pie - so pie it was.

This is a "from scratch" pie that is rich and chocolaty and delicious.  It takes a little time at the stove stirring to keep the filling from scorching, but is more than worth the time and effort.  I also made the crust from scratch and whipped cream from scratch.  Here is the recipe:


1 and 1/2 cups sifted all purpose flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup shortening (I used 2 stick butter)
4 - 5 tablespoons cold water

Sift the flour and salt together in a medium sized bowl.  Cut the butter into small pieces and cut into the flour with a pastry blender until it looks like small peas.  Add water 1 tablespoon at a time and stir with a fork until it forms a ball.  Roll out to fit a 9 inch pie pan.  Place crust in pie plate and crimp edges.  Prick the bottom and sides of the crust with a fork and bake at 350 until golden brown.  Remove from oven and let cool before adding filling.

Pie Filling:

2 and 2/3 cups milk
3 eggs - separated
3 squares baking chocolate, quartered
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup corn starch
1/4 tsp salt
1 tablespoon butter
1 teaspoon vanilla

Combine 1 2/3 cups milk, 3 egg yolks, chocolate, 3/4 cup sugar, 1/4 cup cornstarch, 1/4 tsp salt, 1 tablespoon butter in blender for 15 - 20 seconds.  Put in top of double boiler.  Add remaining cup of milk.  Cook on medium until thickened  - stirring constantly.  The filling will start as a light chocolate with lots of little chocolate pieces in it.  Suddenly, it will start to thicken and become a rich dark chocolate as all the little chocolate pieces melt.  Takes about 20 - 25 minutes of cooking.  Remove from heat.  Add 1 teaspoon vanilla and stir.

Cool slightly.  Pour into baked pie shell.  Top with whipped cream.

Whipped Cream

1 pint heavy whipping cream
sugar to taste

Place whipping cream in a deep bowl and use mixer on high until whipping cream starts to thicken.  Add a couple tablespoons of sugar and continue whipping until stiff peaks form.  Cover pie with the whipped cream and place in refrigerator.

This is such a delicious treat with coffee, especially if you share it with friends or family!  The crust is buttery and flakey, the chocolate filling is rich and silky topped by the delicious whipped cream.  Is your mouth watering?  Mine sure is.  Think I'll go have a piece right now.  Give it a try.  I hope you will like it as much as we do.  All I can say is yummmmmmmm.

Everyday Donna

Things to Remember:

Chocolate is the answer.  Who cares what the question is.  ~Author Unknown

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