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Homemade Chocolate Cream Pie

I was charged this Thanksgiving with desert, and was happy to oblige! This was my first take on a chocolate cream pie! I borrowed heavily from Lauren Allen at https://tastesbetterfromscratch.com/chocolate-cream-pie/ and made a few small changes to make it my very own!

Ingredients:

Crust:

28 Oreo cookies (I use the peanut butter filling, but it’s not important)

5 Tablespoons butter

Chocolate Pudding Filling:

1/3 cup granulated sugar

2 ½ cups of whole milk

6 large egg yolks (minus the egg whites)

2 Tablespoons cornstarch

6 Tablespoons butter

8 ounces of a name-brand semi-sweet chocolate

1 ½ Teaspoons vanilla extract

Whipped Topping:

1 cup heavy whipping cream

2 ½ Tablespoons granulated sugar

1 ½ Teaspoons vanilla extract

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Utilizing a food processor, break down the Oreos until they are crumbs.

Pour the Oreo crumbs into a bowl.

Melt the butter.

Pour melted butter into the Oreo crumbs and stir.

Using fingers, press mixture evenly into a 9-inch pie dish.  Ensure the sides of the dish are covered, as well.

Bake for 10-12 minutes and set aside to cool.

Add sugar and milk to a medium saucepan and whisk frequently over medium heat.  Bring to a simmer.

In a second bowl, and the egg yolks and cornstarch and whisk until smooth. 

Once the first bowl is simmering, temper the eggs by adding several spoonfuls of the hot liquid into the egg mixture.

Carefully pour the egg mixture into the saucepan.  Whisk continuously until the mixture starts to boil.

Take saucepan off the heat and whisk in the butter, chocolate, and vanilla extract.  I run the chocolate through a food processor before adding.  Stir until there are no lumps.

Pour the entire filling into the cookie crust and smooth until even.  Place wax paper over the top, gently, but so it is touching the pudding and put in refrigerator.  I like to keep in in the fridge overnight, but six hours or so would be okay.

Whipped Topping:

The following day, add whipping cream to a mixing bowl and mix electronically on high speed for two minutes.

Add the sugar and vanilla extract and continuously mix for three minutes.

Spread the topping evenly over the pie.

Dressing:

Anything works here, such as Hershey Kisses, Oreo crumbs, or chocolate curls.  I like to take one King-Size Hershey bar and grate it with a cheese grater over the entire pie.

Author: Whipped Owl

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