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Chocolate cream pie isn't just a diner special--it's the perfect dessert for any celebration. We love the added flair of chocolate curls on top, but a pretty dollop of whipped cream on each piece would look just as elegant.

Source: EatingWell Magazine, November/December 2012

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total:
4 hrs
Servings:
10

Nutrition Profile:

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Ingredients

Crust
Filling
Topping

Directions

Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a 9-inch pie pan with cooking spray.

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  • To prepare crust: Process chocolate wafers in a food processor until finely ground. Add oil and milk; pulse until combined. Using your hands, press the mixture into the bottom and up the sides of the prepared pie pan. Bake for 12 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack.

  • To prepare filling: Combine sugar, cornstarch and salt in a large saucepan. Whisk milk and eggs in a medium bowl, then whisk into the sugar mixture. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until bubbles begin to form around the edges. Cook, stirring vigorously, for 2 minutes more. Strain through a sieve into a large bowl. Whisk in chocolate until completely melted.

  • Pour the filling into the crust. Press a piece of plastic wrap directly on the surface to prevent a "skin" from forming. Refrigerate until firm, about 3 hours.

  • To prepare topping & decorate pie: Just before serving, beat cream and vanilla in a bowl with an electric mixer until soft peaks form. Smooth any lines on the pie's surface with the back of a spoon. Spoon or pipe (with a pastry bag) 10 dollops of whipped cream around the edge of the pie. Garnish with chocolate curls.

Tips

Make Ahead Tip: Prepare through Step 4 and refrigerate for up to 1 day. Decorate just before serving.

Tip: For bakery-worthy chocolate curls, start by softening a block of bittersweet or semisweet chocolate just a tad: microwave on 20% power (Low) in 15-second bursts until just barely softened, not warm. Use a vegetable peeler to shave the chocolate into curls.

Nutrition Facts

1 slice
309 calories; protein 5.5g; carbohydrates 41.6g; dietary fiber 1.8g; sugars 29.5g; fat 15.1g; saturated fat 6.4g; cholesterol 57.2mg; vitamin a iu 357.9IU; vitamin c 0.1mg; folate 23.3mcg; calcium 99.9mg; iron 1mg; magnesium 19.8mg; potassium 161.5mg; sodium 177mg; thiamin 0.1mg; added sugar 19g.

2 1/2 other carbohydrate, 1 1/2 fat

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