This delicious and decadent chocolate pie recipe comes together in a snap. With a crisp, flaky pie crust and a rich, fudgy chocolate filling, it’s an impressive dessert that’s actually quite simple to make.
Can I use a store-bought pie crust?
Yes, you can absolutely use a store-bought pie crust instead of making your own. Just follow the package instructions for pre-baking.
What kind of cocoa powder should I use?
You can use either natural or Dutch-processed cocoa powder. Natural cocoa will give the pie a slightly more intense chocolate flavor.
Can I use milk chocolate instead of cocoa powder?
Using all milk chocolate instead of cocoa powder will give you a sweeter, milder chocolate flavor. You’ll need about 4 ounces of chopped chocolate. Melt it with the sugar and milk.
What if I don’t have pie weights?
If you don’t have ceramic pie weights, you can use dried beans or rice instead. The weights help prevent the unbaked crust from slumping or shrinking.
Can I make the pie crust ahead of time?
Absolutely! You can prepare the pie crust, pre-bake it, and store it in the fridge for up to 2 days before filling.
How do I know when the filling is done cooking?
The filling is done when it thickens and comes to a gentle boil. It should coat the back of a spoon and leave a trail when you swipe your finger across.
How long will the pie last in the fridge?
The filled pie will keep well in the fridge for 3-4 days. Cover lightly with plastic wrap once cooled completely.
Can I freeze any leftovers?
You can freeze slices of the pie for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the fridge before serving. The texture may be a bit more pudding-like after freezing.
For the pie crust:
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (190g)
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup cold butter (115g), cubed
- 1/4 cup cold water (60mL)
For the chocolate filling:
- 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar (300g)
- 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (50g)
- 1 1/2 cups whole milk (360mL), divided
- 1/4 cup butter (55g), cubed
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 4 large egg yolks
- 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour (25g)
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
Make the pie crust:
- In a food processor, pulse together the flour and salt. Add in the cold butter and pulse until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
- With the food processor running, slowly add the cold water until the dough just comes together. Form into a disk, wrap in plastic, and chill for at least 30 minutes.
- On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough into a 12-inch circle. Transfer to a 9-inch pie pan and crimp the edges decoratively. Chill for 15 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 400°F (204°C). Line pie crust with parchment paper and fill with pie weights or dried beans. Bake for 20 minutes. Remove weights and paper, bake 10-15 minutes more until golden brown. Allow to cool completely before filling.
Make the chocolate filling:
- In a medium pot, whisk together the sugar and cocoa powder. Slowly whisk in 1 cup of the milk until smooth. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat, stirring frequently.
- In a bowl, whisk together the egg yolks, remaining 1/2 cup milk, flour, and salt. Temper in about 1/3 of the hot chocolate mixture, whisking constantly. Whisk egg mixture into remaining chocolate mixture in pot.
- Return pot to medium-low heat and cook, stirring constantly, until thickened and bubbling, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in butter and vanilla until melted and smooth.
- Pour filling into cooled pie crust. Smooth top with an offset spatula. Refrigerate pie at least 2 hours before slicing and serving.
- For best results, use a pot with thicker walls so the custard doesn’t scorch.
- When stirring the custard, make sure to scrape the sides and bottom of the pot to prevent burning.
- If the filling seems lumpy, press through a fine mesh sieve before pouring into the pie crust.
- Let the baked pie crust cool completely so the hot filling doesn’t make it soggy.
- Refrigerate the pie for at least 2 hours to allow the filling to set up.
Chocolate pie is such a crowd-pleasing dessert. The contrast of the crisp, buttery crust and the rich, velvety chocolate filling is irresistible. For more easy pie recipes, check out the pie recipes playlist. Enjoy!
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