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Dark Chocolate Cream Pie

Total Time

Prep: 30 min. + chilling

Makes

8 servings

This is one of my favorite desserts to make for friends who love chocolate. The filling in this dark chocolate cream pie recipe is simple to cook and begins to set up in the shell right away.—Kezia Sullivan, Sackets Harbor, New York
Dark Chocolate Cream Pie Recipe photo by Taste of Home

Ingredients

  • Dough for single-crust pie
  • 1-1/4 cups sugar
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups whole milk
  • 3 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
  • 4 egg yolks, lightly beaten
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Optional: Whipped cream and grated chocolate

Directions

  1. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough to a 1/8-in.-thick circle; transfer to a 9-in. pie plate. Trim crust to 1/2 in. beyond rim of plate; flute edge. Refrigerate 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 425°. Line crust with a double thickness of foil. Fill with pie weights, dried beans or uncooked rice. Bake on a lower oven rack until edge is golden brown, 20-25 minutes. Remove foil and weights; bake until bottom is golden brown, 3-6 minutes longer. Cool on a wire rack.
  2. In a large saucepan, combine sugar, cornstarch and salt. Stir in milk and chocolate. Cook and stir over medium-high heat until thickened and bubbly. Reduce heat; cook and stir 2 minutes longer. Remove from the heat.
  3. Stir a small amount of hot filling into egg yolks; return all to the pan, stirring constantly. Bring to a gentle boil; cook and stir 2 minutes longer. Remove from the heat.
  4. Gently stir in butter and vanilla until butter is melted. Spoon into crust. Cool on a wire rack. Cover and chill for at least 3 hours. If desired, serve with whipped cream and grated chocolate.
Test Kitchen tip:
  • Let pie weights cool before storing. Beans and rice may be reused for pie weights, but not for cooking.
  • Dough for single-crust pie
    Combine 1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour and 1/4 tsp. salt; cut in 1/2 cup cold butter until crumbly. Gradually add 3-5 Tbsp. ice water, tossing with a fork until dough holds together when pressed. Shape into a disk; wrap and refrigerate 1 hour.

    Nutrition Facts

    1 piece: 390 calories, 19g fat (10g saturated fat), 128mg cholesterol, 218mg sodium, 52g carbohydrate (37g sugars, 2g fiber), 7g protein.

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