Monday, April 11, 2016

Chocolate Dream Pie

It's Monday and the week is off to another start.....I know sometimes Monday can be a little dreary, so instead let's talk about something incredible. It's chocolate cream pie. Crisp chocolate cookies form the shell, rich chocolate filling is layered in and it's topped with homemade whipped cream. You'll never go back to the canned variety after you taste this!


If my kitchen walls could talk: I recommend doing this recipe in steps as it can be a lengthy process. I suggest making the crust ahead of time as it needs to be cold prior to the addition of the filling. Do not skip the parchment paper step or else your filling may develop a film on top. Sliced strawberries would be a colorful addition instead of chocolate if you want to jazz up this pie for summer or even use strawberries and blueberries for a 4th of July or Memorial Day pie!



Chocolate Dream Pie, adapted from Epicurious 

Ingredients

Crust
10.6 oz package chocolate creme cookies
4 tbsp butter, melted

Filling
2/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup cornstarch
4 egg yolks, large
3 cups whole milk
7 oz bittersweet 60% chocolate
2 tbsp unsalted butter
1/2 tbsp vanilla

Topping
1 cup whipping cream, chilled
Chocolate shavings/chocolate chips

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. In a small food processor or using a ziplock bag and rolling pin, crush chocolate cream cookies until fine. Combine crushed cookies with butter and lightly press into bottom and sides of pie plate, about ~1 inch up the sides. Bake for 15 minutes. Remove, set aside to cool.
2. In a medium saucepan, whisk together sugar, cornstarch and egg yolks over medium heat. Whisk in milk and turn up to medium high. Continue whisking until mixture begins to bubble and thicken. Continue whisking 1-2 minutes until mixture is thick. Remove from heat, stir in chocolate, butter and vanilla, whisking until smooth.
3. Place filling in a large bowl, cover tightly with parchment paper. Chill ~3 hours.
4. In a stand mixer, whip the whipping cream with the whisk attachment on high until soft peaks form. Add chocolate filling to cookie shell, top with whipped cream and chocolate shavings or chips as desired.

What's your favorite kind of pie? 

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