Is it Friday already? You bet it is, so lets bake a pie! This weeks pie is one that I hope will take care of your chocolate cravings. We are going to make a homemade..not from a box..chocolate cream pie. For todays pie you will need to make up a batch of my pie dough (see left sidebar) or you can save some time and purchase a good quality frozen pie crust. This will be a single crust pie.
The shopping list is as follows:
1. 1 cup granulated sugar
2. 1/2 cup flour
3. 4 oz. unsweetened chocolate, coarsely chopped
4. 3 cups milk
5. 1/4 teaspoon salt
6. 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
7. 3 egg yolks, lightly beaten
8. 1 tablespoon butter
one baked pie shell
Roll 1/2 of your pie dough into your pie pan. Tuck edges under and crimp. Using a fork, prick your crust to prevent it from getting puffy while baking. Crumple some foil and place in your crust as shown. this will help your crust to keep it's shape. If you have pie weights..thats even better.
Bake your crust in a 350 degree oven until light golden brown. Remove and set aside to cool.
Blend flour, sugar and salt in a saucepan. Add milk gradually, stirring until smooth. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens.
Remove from heat..add the chocolate and stir until blended.
To temper your eggs, add a few tablespoons of the chocolate mixture to the lightly beaten yolks. Mix as you add. If you just added the yolks to the hot chocolate, your eggs would cook rather than mix in smoothly. Now add your tempered yolks to the rest of the chocolate mixture.
Return to the heat and bring to a boil. Remove from the heat and add the butter and vanilla...mix well. Cover with waxed paper and let cool down.
Top your chocolate pie with some fresh whipped cream or cool whip and wait for the compliments to roll in. I know boxed pudding is so quick and handy for you busy moms, but you should try a homemade pudding pie at least once in your life. It is such a nice treat for your family. So that's it..I hope you enjoyed my little pie tutorial. Be sure to come back next Friday for more pie.
Until next time...be kind and stay creative.