Chocolate Cream Pie

Chocolate Cream Pie

If today wasn’t my husband Mark’s birthday I would have no idea that it’s also Pi Day. But, thanks to him I’m well aware and every year, I have a great excuse to make him a pie. Last year, it was chicken pot pie. This year, it’s silky, dreamy chocolate heaven on a plate!

Chocolate Cream Pie Recipe

I’m no baker, so my search for a simple recipe that didn’t include Jell-O or a pre-made crust was no easy task. But, I eventually landed on this recipe, originally from Gourmet magazine, and knew I was in luck. This chocolate cream pie and its crust, baked from scratch top to bottom, was a piece of cake (or, pie) to make and absolutely delicious!

. . . Well, I only know that from a few finger swipes into the chocolate filling, which was like a subtly sweet chocolate mousse. But, I’m thinking that the whole thing together probably does taste pretty darn good!

Birthday present

Tonight, I’ll cook him a nice dinner, probably sing a pretty bad rendition of “Happy birthday”, complete with earplugs for all, and we’ll go out for drinks to ease any pain inflicted. He’ll open his gift and enjoy this pie with me and hopefully be happy with how his big 2-8 went down. This weekend, it’s a celebration in San Francisco with his family, filled with good wine, food and lots of fun!

Georgia and Mark

All my love, appreciation and happy birthday wishes to the sweetest guy I know. You get the big slice tonight, honey!

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Chocolate Cream Pie

Yield: Makes 8 to 10 servings


For crust

1 1/3 cups chocolate wafer crumbs (from about 26 cookies such as Nabisco Famous Chocolate Wafers)

5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

1/4 cup sugar

For filling

2/3 cup sugar

1/4 cup cornstarch

1/2 teaspoon salt

4 large egg yolks

3 cups whole milk

5 oz fine-quality bittersweet chocolate (not unsweetened), melted

2 oz unsweetened chocolate, melted

2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened

1 teaspoon vanilla

For topping

3/4 cup chilled heavy cream

1 tablespoon sugar


Make crust: Put oven rack in middle position and preheat oven to 350°F.

Stir together crumbs, butter, and sugar and press on bottom and up side of a 9-inch pie plate. Bake until crisp, about 15 minutes, and cool on a rack.

Make filling: Whisk together sugar, cornstarch, salt, and yolks in a 3-quart heavy saucepan until combined well, then add milk in a stream, whisking. Bring to a boil over moderate heat, whisking, then reduce heat and simmer, whisking, 1 minute (filling will be thick).

Force filling through a fine-mesh sieve into a bowl, then whisk in chocolates, butter, and vanilla. Cover surface of filling with a buttered round of wax paper and cool completely, about 2 hours.

Spoon filling into crust and chill pie, loosely covered, at least 6 hours.

Make topping: Just before serving, beat cream with sugar in a bowl using an electric mixer until it just holds stiff peaks, then spoon on top of pie.


Adapted from Epicurious


35 Responses to “Chocolate Cream Pie”

  1. #
    Pam — March 14, 2011 @ 7:33 pm

    This pie will make your husband’s b-day extra special! It looks fantastic Georgia.

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    lauren — March 14, 2011 @ 8:18 pm

    This sounds incredible. I love chocolate cream pie. I love that you didn’t use the pre-made stuff

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    Kathy - Cooking On the Side — March 14, 2011 @ 8:23 pm

    Happy birthday to Mark! You guys are an adorable couple and this chocolate pie looks absolutely decadent and amazing. :-)

  4. #
    blackbookkitchendiaries — March 14, 2011 @ 8:50 pm

    what a sweet post! this looks so lovely:) thank you for sharing this and i love the picture of the both you. what a lovely couple!

  5. #
    Stephanie — March 14, 2011 @ 9:15 pm

    What a lovely birthday treat! You two make a georgous couple, Georgia!

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    Sonia — March 14, 2011 @ 11:22 pm

    I loved the chocolate pie Georgia and a very happy birthday to ur special guy !

  7. #
    Stephanie — March 14, 2011 @ 11:29 pm

    What a beautiful pie! My boyfriend just requested pie for his birthday as well, and I may have to this delicious recipe.

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    Katie @ This Chick Cooks — March 14, 2011 @ 11:30 pm

    Happy Birthday to your hubby. That chocolate pie looks wonderful. I bet it is delicious with that whipped cream. Now I’m wishing I had some chocolate for dessert. :)

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    Kristen — March 14, 2011 @ 11:51 pm

    Happy birthday to your husband. That pie looks like the perfect way to celebrate. Can’t wait to try this someday! I love a good, creamy chocolate pie.

  10. #
    Susi — March 15, 2011 @ 12:04 am

    Happy Birthday to your husband! What a sweet and heartfelt post and the pie is fabulous for the occasion.

  11. #
    Wendy — March 15, 2011 @ 12:39 am

    Happy Birthday and Happy Pi Day to your hubby! This looks so good…nothing better than chocolate and strawberries!!! My company celebrated National Pi Day with pies baked by management and directors for all the employees…cute, huh?

  12. #
    Georgia | The Comfort of Cooking — March 15, 2011 @ 1:58 am

    Thank you, Wendy! He so appreciates all the birthday wishes. That’s so cute that your company celebrated with pies! Thanks for stopping by. :)

  13. #
    Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen — March 15, 2011 @ 7:10 am

    Wishing your husband a very Happy Birthday, I hope you two had a wonderful night out together, you guys are so adorable!

  14. #
    Medeja — March 15, 2011 @ 10:45 am

    This looks really like a great present :)

  15. #
    briarrose — March 15, 2011 @ 12:15 pm

    I hope your husband had a lovely birthday. :) The pie looks amazing. I love the chocolate crust.

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    Jenn — March 15, 2011 @ 1:16 pm

    I hope Mark enjoyed his birthday…cause I know he had to have enjoyed that pie!! Chocolate cream pie is truly my all time favorite pie. I mean I love a good apple pie, but come on… Chocolate. Cream. Pie. Enough said!

  17. #
    Lindsey — March 15, 2011 @ 2:23 pm

    Oh this pie looks heavenly! Excellent choice for a special birthday. :)

  18. #
    Mindy — March 15, 2011 @ 2:38 pm

    This looks delicious! And congratulations on not succumbing to the Jell-O temptation. :-) We’ve moved away completely from those kinds of foods, but I haven’t mustered the courage to make my own pudding from scratch yet!

  19. #
    Angie's Recipes — March 15, 2011 @ 5:24 pm

    The pie looks wonderfully rich and delicious! Happy Birthday to your dear half!

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    Heavenly Housewife — March 15, 2011 @ 5:50 pm

    Happy birthday to your husband, you two are a beautiful couple. Lovely birthday pie :D, I bet its really rich and tasty!!
    *kisses* HH
    p.s. Hope you’ve entered my contest daaaaahling, there is a shiny Amazon gift card to be won with your name on it :D

  21. #
    Magic of Spice — March 15, 2011 @ 5:57 pm

    What a sweet post and a big Happy Birthday to your husband…The pie looks so chocolaty good :)

  22. #
    Emily — March 15, 2011 @ 7:31 pm

    Ooh yum! This sounds great, and Michael has been hankering for something chocolatey. Brilliant photos!

  23. #
    Lindsey @DandyDishes — March 15, 2011 @ 7:50 pm

    I mean let’s be honest, can anything from Gourmet (please, a moment of silence) be bad?? Hope your honey had a wonderful birthday :)

  24. #
    Lea — March 15, 2011 @ 8:20 pm

    It looks so tempting and juicy!
    And you two looks so happy :)

  25. #
    smalltownoven — March 15, 2011 @ 8:44 pm

    The pie looks beautiful. How can you claim to not be a baker? Happy birthday to your husband!

  26. #
    Roxan — March 15, 2011 @ 10:10 pm

    A big happy birthday to your husband! This cream pie looks wonderful. Even if you were looking for something a little less complicated you really can’t tell :)

  27. #
    warmvanillasugar — March 15, 2011 @ 11:59 pm

    This looks lovely! I love a good chocolate pie :)

  28. #
    Lisa @ Dishes of Mrs. Fish — March 16, 2011 @ 2:24 am

    What a tasty looking pie for a lucky hubby! :)

  29. #
    thecompletecookbook — March 16, 2011 @ 4:13 am

    Happy birthday to your Hubby – your chocolate cream pie looks absolutely wonderful!
    :-) Mandy

  30. #
    Miss Meat and Potatoes — March 23, 2011 @ 9:31 pm

    Your blog is absolutely lovely. What a beauty – the recipes and pictures are inspiring and drool-worthy. Glad I found it!

  31. #
    A Canadian Foodie — March 24, 2011 @ 11:35 pm

    What a beautiful recipe and a lovely loving post!
    To be loved like this! YUM!

  32. #
    Karen @ Abundance on a Dime — March 26, 2011 @ 5:40 pm

    Mmmmm – this looks fantastic. I think I need to find an excuse to make this soon, lol. Maybe I need to make 2 desserts for Easter? If I don’t make a Pavlova I’ll hear about it, but it’s always nice to have some chocolate on deck, too :) Thanks for stopping by my blog yesterday and leaving such a lovely comment!

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    Lara @ six times the yum — May 2, 2011 @ 6:51 pm

    Happy Birthday, Mark! I know my birthday would be amazing if this cake was my birthday cake! Yum!!

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    Jasmine — December 3, 2013 @ 7:41 am

    if I were to replace with cocoa powder, how much would I put??

    • Georgia — December 3rd, 2013 @ 8:25 am

      I’ve never used cocoa powder, so wouldn’t know how much to add in. I don’t recommend it, though.

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