Sunday, November 27, 2011

Oh Me, Oh My - A Chocolate Cream Pie!

You'll want to give this Hershey's dish more than kisses

Chocolate Cream Pie with Whipped Cream
Recipe adapted from Hershey's and King Arthur Flour
Photos by Bake Yourself Happy

Chocolate Cream Pie

1 9" pie crust (we recommend the vodka pie crust)
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup Hershey's Special Dark cocoa
  • 1/3 cup cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 3 cups milk
  • 3/4 cups Hershey's Special Dark chocolate chips
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Whipped Cream
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup powdered (confectioners') sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

  1. PREPARE pie crust.
    1. If you are baking the vodka pie crust, line a 9" pie pan with the crust.  Cover the crust with foil and fill with rice or beans to add weight.  Bake at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 15 minutes.
    2. Remove foil and weights, then bake for an additional 5-10 minutes.  Crust should be golden brown and crisp.
    3. Set aside.
  2. COMBINE sugar, cocoa, and cornstarch in a medium sauce pan.
  3. STIR in eggs and milk to the sugar mixture gradually, blending well.
  4. COOK over medium heat, continuously stirring with a wire whisk.  Continue stirring until mixture begins to thicken and begins to boil.  Remove from heat.
  5. ADD chocolate chips, butter, and vanilla to mixture while still hot.
  6. STIR until chocolate chips and butter are melted and entire mixture is smooth.
  7. POUR into prepared crust and cover with plastic wrap.  Refrigerate for 3-4 hours, or until firm.  
  8. POUR whipping cream into a chilled mixing bowl.  Whip with a wire whisk until the whisk leaves streaks in the cream.
  9. ADD the sugar and vanilla.  Continue whisking until the cream begins to hold a peak and resembles whipped cream.
  10. SPREAD whipped cream on top of pie, gently. 
  11. SPRINKLE chocolate shavings* on top of whipped cream.   Refrigerate until serving, and ENJOY!

*We took a Dove dark chocolate bar and used a vegetable peeler to make the shavings.  The shavings were fantastic, and we highly recommend this method.  Grab your favorite chocolate bar and get peeling!

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