Where are my pie lovers at? I’m a BIG fan of pie – cherry is my favorite! My husband, on the other hand, doesn’t like fruit pies. Whenever I make a cherry or apple pie for an outing (or just for myself), he always asks me to make him a chocolate pie. After weeks of him asking, I finally caved and made him this chocolate pie… with a little sass on top.(Inspired by the Pioneer Woman!)
For this recipe, I sometimes use a store-bought Pillsbury pie crust, because I knew he wouldn’t notice the difference anyways. 😉 You can also use my pie crust recipe if you want the real thing. Bake the pie crust according to instructions on the box, and don’t forget to poke it with a fork before placing in the oven. Store-bought pie crust comes with 2 crusts, but you will only use one. I used the extra crust to create the sassy phrase on top, but you can create your own design! I put my letters on a separate baking sheet and baked for about 10 minutes while the actual pie crust was baking. Just keep an eye on them and take them out when they are a light golden brown.
While the crust is baking, chop up your chocolate before you begin warming your ingredients on the stove. The final chocolate mixture will be sweet, so I used dark, bittersweet chocolate to get the best rich flavor. Your pie will need to chill for several hours in the fridge, so don’t forget to plan for that extra time!
*Serves approximately 10
1 pie crust (baked and cooled)
1 1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup cornstarch
1/4 tsp salt
2 cups heavy whipping cream
1 cup 2% milk
4 egg yolks
10 oz. dark or bittersweet chocolate, chopped or chips
1 Tbsp vanilla extract
2 Tbsp butter
Prepare, bake and cool pie crust according to directions if you’re using a store-bought crust. If you’re using a homemade crust recipe, bake at 400 degrees for about 25 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Don’t forget to put some sort of pie weights in your crust during baking.
Sift together sugar, cornstarch and salt in a medium saucepan. Add milk and egg yolks and whisk. Stir the mixture over medium heat until it just barely comes to a boil and becomes thick, about 6-8 minutes–keep an eye on it. Once the mixture begins to bubble and thicken, remove from the heat. It should be thick like pudding. Add the chopped chocolate, vanilla and butter, and stir until smooth.
Pour the pudding into the pie crust (place your design or letters on top now if you chose to make some) and place in the fridge to chill for 4 hours uncovered. The pie keeps well in the fridge for several days, and it tastes great with caramel drizzle or whipped cream.