Chocolate Cream Pie

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Chocolate Cream Pie

Around Christmas, I find my consumption of chocolate goes up by, well, a lot. And even though I love a good square of dark chocolate or a truffle, sometimes I need chocolate in dessert form.

Chocolate Cream Pie

I’ve wanted to make chocolate cream pie since I saw it on Julie & Julia and thought, what better dessert for Christmas than a silky smooth, delectable chocolate cream pie? I decided to use a cookie crust made from Tennis Biscuits (a coconut flavoured cookie). What makes this dessert so magical is that you can make it entirely the day before. All you need to do before serving is top them with whipped cream and a dusting of cocoa powder. I also like to serve them with a few fresh cherries to add a bit of fresh, fruitiness but this is completely optional. A cup of strong coffee would also be a great companion for this delicious pie!

Chocolate Cream Pie

 

Chocolate Cream Pie
 
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 6 small pies or 1 large pie
Ingredients
for the crust
  • 200g tennis biscuits (or graham crackers)
  • 100g butter, melted
for the filling
  • 750ml milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon good quality instant coffee
  • ½ cup corn flour
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ⅓ cup cocoa powder
  • 5 egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon salt
to serve
  • fresh cream, whipped
  • cocoa powder, for sifting
Instructions
  1. Crush the tennis biscuits and mix with the melted butter.
  2. Press into the bottom of 6 small or 1 large pie tin and place in the fridge to set.
  3. To make the filling, combine the milk, vanilla and coffee in a saucepan and bring to boiling point.
  4. In a separate bowl, combine the corn flour, sugar, cocoa powder, egg yolks and salt and mix well to form a smooth paste.
  5. When the milk has reached boiling point, remove from the heat.
  6. Whisk a ladle full of the hot milk into the corn flour mixture and continue with the rest of the mixture.
  7. Pour the liquid back into the saucepan and over low heat, whisk continuously until the filling is thick and when tasted, has no floury taste.
  8. Pour the mixture through a sieve to make sure there is no lumps and pour the smooth filling into the prepared pie case.
  9. Allow to set in the fridge for at least 2 hours.
  10. When you are ready to serve, whip the cream and swirl onto the pie. Dust with cocoa powder and serve.

 

Alida Ryder
Alida Ryder
Being a general food freak has proven to be quite helpful in this career I've found myself in. Author of two cookbooks, photographer, food stylist. Mom to twins. Ex make-up and hair artist obsessed with beautiful clothes and spaces. I love a good G&T and I've been known to spend too much money on shoes.
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  • Fifa Atm

    if I want to make a coffee-less version of this, should I just omit the coffee or should there be a substitute?
    thanks

    • http://simply-delicious-food.com/ Alida Ryder

      Yup, just omit the coffee. :)

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