Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Chocolate Pudding Pie

I love chocolate, thats the reason I picked this pie. I always imagine a chocolate pie to be really sweet. This wasn't, it was rich and creamy and the sweetness of the whipped cream made it perfect.

Chocolate Pudding Pie
Recipe Source:

For Pastry Dough:
2 1/2 cups Flour
1 Tbsp Sugar
1 tsp Salt
1 cup unsalted Butter, very cold
1 cup Water

For Filling:
1/4 cup Cornstarch
1/3 cup Sugar
3 Tbsps Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
1/4 tsp Salt
3 cups Whole Milk
4 oz Bittersweet Chocolate (not more than 60% cacao), finely chopped
1 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract
1 cup chilled Heavy Cream
4 Tbsp Powdered Sugar

pie weights or dried beans
Bittersweet Chocolate shavings

Make dough:
1. Gather your ingredients: Fill a one cup liquid measuring cup with water, and drop in a few ice cubes; set it aside. 

2. In a large bowl whisk together 2 1/2 cups flour, 1 Tbsp of sugar and a tsp of salt. Dice one cup of very cold unsalted butter into 1/2-inch pieces. Get out your pastry blender.

3. Make your mix: Sprinkle the butter cubes over the flour and begin working them in with the pastry blender, using it to scoop and redistribute the mixture as needed so all parts are worked evenly. When all of the butter pieces are the size of tiny peas stop. Yes, even if it looks uneven.

4. Glue it together: Start by drizzling 1/2 cup of the ice-cold water (but not the cubes) over the butter and flour mixture. Using a rubber or silicon spatula, gather the dough together. You’ll probably need an additional 4 Tbsps of cold water to bring it together, but add it a tablespoon as a time. Once you’re pulling large clumps with the spatula, take it out and get your hands in there. Gather the disparate damp clumps together into one mound, kneading them gently together.

5. Pack it up: Divide the dough in half, and place each half on a large piece of plastic wrap.  Let the dough chill in the fridge for two hours before rolling it out.

6. Do ahead: Dough will keep in the fridge for about a week, and in the freezer longer. If not using it that day, wrap it in additional layers of plastic wrap to protect it from fridge/freezer smells. To defrost your dough, move it to the fridge for one day before using it.

Make pie shell:
1. Roll out dough on a lightly floured surface with a lightly floured rolling pin into an 11-inch round, then fit into a 9-inch pie plate. Trim edge, leaving a 1/2-inch overhang, then fold overhang under and crimp edge decoratively. Prick bottom and side of shell all over with a fork, then chill shell 30 minutes.

2. While shell chills, preheat oven to 375°F with a baking sheet on middle rack.

3. Line shell with foil and fill with pie weights. Bake on baking sheet until pastry is set and edge is pale golden, about 25 minutes. Carefully remove weights and foil, then bake shell on baking sheet until pale golden all over, 15 to 20 minutes more. Cool shell.

Make filling:
1. Whisk together cornstarch, 1/3 cup sugar, cocoa powder, and salt in a 2-qt heavy saucepan, then gradually whisk in milk. Bring to a boil over medium heat, whisking constantly, then boil, whisking, 2 minutes (mixture will thicken). Remove from heat and whisk in chocolate and vanilla until smooth.

2. Pour filling into cooled shell and chill, its surface covered with wax paper (if you want to prevent a skin from forming), until cold, at least 2 hours.

3. Just before serving, beat cream with remaining 4 Tbsp powdered sugar until it just holds soft peaks. Spoon onto pie.

**Pie (without whipped cream) can be chilled up to 1 day.

1 comment:

  1. Meghan!! That looks amazing!!!! I'm adding that to my recipe stash...


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