Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Chocolate Cream Pie

Once again I am failing to post a variety of things on my blog. But I really have to do another pie recipe. I do.
Adapted from Smitten Kitchen

1/4 cup cornstarch
1/3 cup plus 2 T sugar, divided
3 T unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 cups whole milk or 2 cups milk and 1 cup cream
4 oz bittersweet chocolate finely chopped
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup whipped cream
Chocolate shavings for garnish

3 cups all purpose flour
3 T sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
4 oz cold unsalted butter cut into cubes
1/2 cup cold shortening
8 T ice water

Combine flour, sugar, salt, and baking powder in a large mixing bowl. Cut butter into tiny cubes and drop into the flour mixture. Add shortening and continue to blend until dough is the texture of cornmeal. Sprinkle 1/2 of the ice water over mixture and toss with fork or fingers. Add more water a tablespoon at a time until dough can be gathered into a rough ball. Form two disks and flatten. Wrap in plastic and chill until solid. Roll out dough on a lightly floured surface to fit a 9-inch pie plate. Crimp edges decoratively. Dock the sides and bottom of pie crust with a fork, then chill for 30 minutes. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line the shell with foil and fill with dried beans or pie weights. Bake for 25 minutes before removing the pie weights and baking for another 15-20 minutes more. Cool shell.

Pudding directions-
Whisk together cornstarch, 1/3 cup sugar, cocoa powder, and salt in a saucepan and gradually whisk in milk. Bring to a boil for two minutes, to thicken while stirring constantly. Remove from heat and and whisk in chocolate and vanilla until smooth. Pour into cooked pie shell and chill for at least two hours. Just before serving, whip the cream and sugar at high speed until stiff peaks form. Spoon onto pie and garnish with chocolate shavings.

The Pudding

Pie crust

From the top

From the side

1 comment:

  1. Can't beat that pie with a stick! I love Smitten Kitchen's recipes. This looks like it was a great choice!


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