Sunday, October 14, 2007

Hot Chocolate Pie

Hot Chocolate PieThis is a recipe from James McNair's Pie Cookbook that I received as a wedding gift and have been making for the last 15 years. I've even made up the filling and served it as a pudding or parfait, it's that good. And I kind of like my picture of it too . . .

frozen pastry crust
4 egg yolks, lightly beaten
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
5 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 cups milk
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

In a saucepan, combine the egg yolks, sugar, salt, flour and cocoa powder and beat until smooth. Slowly whisk or stir in the milk and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture thickens, about 8-10 minutes. Reduce the heat to very low and cook until quite thick, 3 or 4 minutes longer. Remove from the heat and add the butter and stir until the butter melts. Stir in the vanilla. Transfer to a large bowl and cover with plastic wrap placed directly on the surface of the custard until slightly cool, about 10 minutes, then transfer to the baked pastry shell.

Whip the whipping cream until thickened and stiff (but do not overbeat as it will turn into butter), adding sugar and vanilla toward the end of the process. Top the pie with the whipped cream and sprinkle with cocoa powder.

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27 comments:

Shelby said...

sssssssssinful looking :)

Stephanie said...

What frozen pie crust! ;)
It looks very yummy! And the picture is wonderful!

Janet said...

I will go make this if I can stop drooling long enough to print the recipe.

Karen said...

I love all things chocolate...I think I gained a couple of pounds just imagining what this will taste like!

crazy working mom said...

I could SO go for a big slice of that right now.

girlymama said...

We made chocolate pie on SAturday and yours looks SOOOOO much better! We'll make yours next time!

Cocoa said...

These kinds of treats are just up my alley! Only I think I'll have my daughter make it for me. She's much better at making pie than I am. Thanks for sharing the recipe. And the picture does look good enough to eat!

My Ice Cream Diary said...

My husband thanks you.

An Ordinary Mom said...

Must you tempt me?

What I also want to know is, do you have a to-die-for favorite hot chocolate recipe? Do share ... sooner rather than later. I do believe you have my email address =)!!

Shawn said...

Oh, yummy! Thanks for sharing. i heart chocolate in all forms very much. I'll have to try this.

Amber said...

WHY THE FREAK IS IT EVERY TIME I VISIT YOU HAVE SOME DELICIOUS, LIP-SMACKING RECIPE? YOU ARE A DIETER'S WORST NIGHTMARE. :-)

Babystepper said...

I'm going to have to try that. Chocolate pie is my absolute favorite. What's not to love? Two of man's most amazing culinary advances in one delicious package. (pie and chocolate filling, that is.)

Damselfly said...

Oh man, I picked the wrong week to give up chocolate...

SusieQ said...

Looks deLICIOUS. By the way, I like your new heading.

Catherine said...

Holy crap, but this looks good!!

Speaking of looking good, I LOVE the new look of your blog, Michelle!

odat_kim said...

Hey new look! It was different earlier today I guess you've been busy. The pie looks yummy, I wish I had a frozen pie crust :)
Kim

childlife said...

Wow Michelle! That looks absolutely heavenly - and sounds very simple too!

Christine said...

That pie looks delicious!! I must try it!

Kirsty said...

Wow that reciepe got me right in!!! Sounds so scrummy, I was taken in before the pic even came up.

Marie said...

OMG that looks soooo good! And I LOVE that it used a store-bought crust.

elena jane said...

that looks SO yummy!! :-)

Geo said...

I won't sleep tonight for thinking about that chocolate pie!

Susan said...

Are you kidding me? Hot chocolate pie? Oh, my. Oh, my.

carrie said...

That sounds like heaven!

Can't wait to try it!

my4kids said...

That looks soo yummy! If only the hubby liked chocolate but I'm afraid he wouldn't appreciate it and I really don't need to eat an entire pie to myself....unless you can promise it's fat free...really you can lie!

luckyzmom said...

You have the best recipes.

s.j.simon said...

lol. did you know that chocolate was banned in switzerland for many years. read this