May 14, 2012

[record scratch] crea-mix.



Last Mother's Day, I unveiled my mamster's pie of choice--chocolate cream. Because she hasn't told me otherwise, I assume it still reigns supreme, much like she does in the Battle of Women Who Gave Birth to Me.


I've tried a few more recipes over the past year, and I think I've found an even more decadent, fool-proof, and delicious version. The differences are minor--this one has cornstarch and uses less sugar and liquids with a lower fat content--but for some reason, it's just more decadent. One drawback--you have to strain the gelatinous goo before filling your pie shell. Meh, it's a small price to pay when you think about the 29 years and counting? 9 months or so of havoc you wreaked on your dear mum's body.


Happy (Day After) Mother's Day!

Creamy Chocolate Cream Pie with Cream
Crust:
1 1/3 cups chocolate wafer or cookie crumbs
5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1/4 cup granulated sugar

Filling:
2-1/2 cups milk
1/4 cup heavy cream
2/3 cup granulated sugar, divided use
3 tablespoons cornstarch
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 large egg yolks
3 ounces fine-quality bittersweet chocolate, melted
1 ounce unsweetened chocolate, melted
1 tablespoon unsalted butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Topping:
1-1/2 cups chilled heavy cream
1/4 cup granulated sugar

Put oven rack in middle position and preheat oven to 350°F.
To make the crust, stir together crumbs, butter, and sugar and press on bottom and up side of a 9-inch pie plate. Bake until crisp, about 15 minutes, and cool on a rack.

To make the filling, heat the milk, cream, and 1/3 cup of sugar until a thin skin forms on top. Meanwhile, viciously whisk together the remaining 1/3 cup sugar and egg yolks. Add in the flour, cornstarch, and salt. Temper in the very hot milk mixture, whisking well. Bring to a boil over moderate heat, whisking, then reduce heat and simmer, stirring constantly with a spatula for 1 minute (filling will be thick). Add the chocolates and let them melt into the mixture for a moment before blending it all together. Force the filling through a strainer into a bowl, then whisk in the butter and vanilla. Pour the filling into crust, cover the surface of the filling with wax paper and cool completely, about 4 hours.

To make the topping, beat cream with sugar in a bowl using an electric mixer until it just holds stiff peaks, then spoon on top of pie.

40 comments:

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

It looks ever so luscious! A fabulous creation.

Cheers,

Rosa

Pam said...

I wish my daughters would bake me a decadent pie!!!

Becki's Whole Life said...

This looks Amazing! I like your ratios of cream to chocolate to crust...just looks perfect!

Barbara said...

That's some serious chocolate pie, Grace. Starting with the crust (I do love those wafers) and then the bittersweet in the filling. I'm not a chocolate fan, but bittersweet is a different ball game.

Deborah said...

My dad's favorite is chocolate cream pie - perfect for Father's Day! :)

kat said...

oh that just looks so yummy!

Faith said...

I love how deep and dark chocolate-y this pie is, Grace! I know it would be a hit with my mom too. :)

foodhoe said...

cream pie with cream sounds perfect, I am especially fond of chocolate cream anything.

Melanie said...

That's a lot of creamy creaminess. Sign me up! I'll have to convince my kids (read: husband) to make this for me next year for Mother's Day.

sophiesfoodiefiles said...

Waw! All of the 3 layers look equally tasty & ooh so wonderfully too! :)

Now, I would like to take abig & large bite, Grace! Please,...??????? :)

Juliana said...

OMG Grace, this chocolate cream pie sure looks creamy, love all the layers and so wish to have a forkful of it.
The pictures are so cool! Hope you have a great week ahead :)

Hungry Dog said...

This looks lethal. Happy belated mother's day to your momma!

Pam said...

I can't wait until my kids are old enough to bake me something like this. It looks scrumptious!

Lynda said...

My goodness, look at all the chocolate in one pie-how perfect! Love this Grace, the chocolate, and the generous amount of whipped cream. A chocolate loveers dream!

Angie's Recipes said...

It looks heavenly! A perfect treat for your mom.

Blond Duck said...

Pie is always perfection.

Robin Sue said...

Love chocolate cream pie. Ma made these with regular pie crust for that salty sweet effect. Whatever way it's made it is yummers!

Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic said...

This is the most perfect dessert for Mother's Day - or any other holiday, for that matter :)

Julie M. said...

Cream pie with extra cream? Now you're talking my language. :) That's one Mother's day treat I can definitely handle.

Joanne said...

I have 8 egg yolks in my fridge. I'm thinking TWO pies are in my future...one for me and one for anyone else who i allow eat it. Okay, really...two for me.

Rosita Vargas said...

Hola mi querida Grace...es una delicia suave y tentadora me encanta,abrazos y abrazos.

gobakeyourself said...

Sorry I do believe this said creamy chocolate pie with cream? You are best friend ;)
Amazing!
And perfect belated mothers day!

Cheers
Choc Chip Uru

Carolyn Jung said...

What a perfect -- and perfectly decadent -- way to celebrate Mother's Day. Yum!

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said...

This is total food porn there Grace (meant in the best way!) :)

I Wilkerson said...

Less fat and more decadent? Life is good!

lisa is cooking said...

That creamy chocolate filling looks fantastic. Your mom has excellent taste in pies!

Jaime said...

that gelatinous goo looks delicious :)

Helene said...

So creamy I would enjoy a lot :)

Beth said...

Wow! Absolutely decadent!

Mimi said...

Yum! and I'm not waiting for someone to make this for me next mother's day.
Mimi

vanillasugarblog said...

Perfect ratio my darling!!!

Marjie said...

Mmmmm.....chocolate goo!

Jackie @Syrup and Biscuits said...

What a lovely treat for your mother on Mother's Day. She raised a fine daughter.

Velva said...

God, that looks amazing. My family will go nuts for this pie thanks for sharing.

Velva

Natasha Price said...

Oh, so decadent! Wow!

Gloria said...

look amazing!!

Erica said...

The crust sounds amazing! I can have a large bowl with just crust :) It is 8:00 in the morning and I am drooling here!

Lisa-Marie said...

Chocolate cream pie - or any kind of cream pie - isn't a 'thing' here. I might be about to make it one though!

Crunchy Creamy Sweet said...

Shut-the-front-door! This looks divine! Pass a plate, pretty please :)

tania@mykitchenstories said...

record scratch indeed this is still a beautiful creation ... hope she loved it