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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Classic Diner-Style Chocolate Pie for Pi Day!

Happy Pi Day! (and incase you have no idea what I'm talking about, today's date is 3/14...get it?)  What better way to celebrate than with, of course, pie.

And let me tell you...THIS is the one to pick.  Run to the store NOW, get what you need, fly home and make it.  You will love me for it, without question.

Have you seen, or read, The Help?  If so, you'll know exactly why I chose this as the dish to represent that movie at my 24x24 party.  Naturally, I left the "special" ingredient out, and headed over to Baked: Explorations for the real deal.


Not much else to say except you may feel like nothing will ever top this pie...besides some whipped cream :)

Classic Diner-Style Chocolate Pie
from Baked: Explorations

for the chocolate cookie crust:
30 chocolate wafer cookies
1 tablespoon sugar
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

for the chocolate filling:
1/2 cup sugar
3 tablespoons chocolate malt (like Ovaltine)
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup cornstarch
5 egg yolks
2 cups whole milk
1/2 cup heavy cream
5 ounces dark chocolate, coarsely chopped
2 ounces milk chocolate, coarsely chopped
2 teaspoons whiskey
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

whipped cream

for the crust:  Grind cookies in food processor until consistency is of fine powder (about 1 1/2 cups).  Put crumbs in bowl and mix in sugar.

Pour butter in and mix well until combined.  Mixture will be wet.  Turn onto 9 inch pie plate and press into bottom and sides.  Freeze while making filling.

for the filling:  Whisk sugar, malt, salt and cornstarch in pot.  Add yolks and whisk until combined.  Mixture will look like thick paste.  Slowly pour milk and cream in, whisking constantly.  Bring to boil over medium heat while whisking to prevent bottom from burning.  Boil for 30 seconds then remove from heat.

Add chocolates, whiskey and vanilla.  Whisk until combined.  Continue whisking for a few minutes to cool mixture slightly.  Let stand for 15 minutes.  If skin forms, whisk before pouring into pie shell.

Refrigerate at least 4 hours before serving.  Top with whipped cream.

Linked to: Tastetastic Thursday
                  Sweet Tooth Friday

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At March 15, 2012 at 12:55 AM , Blogger Jessica said...

Now THAT is my kind of pie! :)

At March 15, 2012 at 7:09 AM , Blogger Joanne said...

It's amazing how you can own a cookbook for over a year and still find new recipes inside it! This pie sounds AMAZING and totally perfect for pi day. I'm so enamored!

At March 15, 2012 at 1:02 PM , Anonymous Our Eating Habits said...

Looks so tasty!

At March 15, 2012 at 7:42 PM , Blogger Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust said...

LOL! That pie looks amazing. Happy belated pi day!

At March 15, 2012 at 10:55 PM , Blogger Trisha said...

My, what a lovely pie this is. I've bookmarked it to try out! Thanks for sharing!

At July 26, 2012 at 12:08 AM , Blogger Allison @ Alli 'n Son said...

Your recipe made it into the top 5 for Sweet Tooth Friday! Stop by on Friday to see the other recipes that are joining you this week.

At July 26, 2012 at 1:45 PM , Blogger Melissa @IWasBornToCook said...

Awesome - thanks so much, Allison!


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