Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Chocolate Dream Pie

One of my favorite desserts to make is pie. I almost always have frozen pie crusts in the freezer for “emergency purposes” (meaning to be able to make a quick dessert for last minute entertaining, or to be able to fill a sweet tooth craving for family members). Hardly a week goes by when I don’t make a pie or tart of some kind.

One of my favorite pies to make is chocolate dream pie. The recipe is below. I’ve been making this recipe for a long time. (If you could see the recipe card, it’s old and yellowed, and splattered with bits of chocolate. I think that means it’s a tried-and-true recipe!) What’s nice about this pie, is you can make it 1-2 days in advance, which makes it a great time saver.

Chocolate Dream Pie

1 baked single layer pie crust
½ cup granulated sugar
¼ cup cornstarch
1/8 tsp. salt
1 cup milk
2 egg yolks, slightly beaten
1 (6-oz.) package (1 cup) semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 (3-oz.) pkg. cream cheese, cubed and softened
2 cups heavy whipping cream
1 tsp. vanilla
¼ cup powdered sugar

For filling: In medium saucepan, combine sugar, cornstarch and salt; mix well. Gradually stir in milk. Add chocolate chips and egg yolks. Cook over medium heat until mixture is thickened, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Beat in cream cheese until smooth. Cover surface with plastic wrap. Refrigerate until cool (about an hour).

In large bowl, beat whipping cream, vanilla and powdered sugar until stiff peaks form. Reserve half of the whipped cream for topping. Fold remaining whipped cream into cooled chocolate mixture. Spoon into pie shell. Spread whipped cream over filling. If desired, garnish with chocolate leaves, curls or sprinkles. Refrigerate at least 6 hours, or ideally, overnight.

This recipe can also be made into individual chocolate tartlets, as I’ve done in this photo below:

Happy pie and tartlet making!

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