Creamy chocolate-filled pastry. Top with whipped cream and grated chocolate if you like.

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
30 mins
additional:
4 hrs
total:
4 hrs 45 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
1 9-inch pie
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Combine 1/2 cup sugar, flour, milk, and chopped chocolate in a 2-quart saucepan. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring constantly, until mixture begins to bubble. Reduce heat; simmer and continue stirring for 2 minutes more.

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  • Remove pan from heat. Whisk remaining 1/4 cup sugar into egg yolks.

  • Pour the hot milk mixture into the egg yolks in a slow stream, whisking constantly. Return filling mixture to the saucepan and cook over medium heat for an additional 90 seconds, stirring constantly. Remove from heat, and stir in butter and vanilla.

  • Pour filling into pie shell, and chill until set, about 4 hours. Top with whipped cream and a little grated chocolate before serving.

Editor's Note:

To make and decorate this pie a day ahead of time, let pie chill as directed. Pipe gelatin-stabilized whipped cream rosettes on top of the pie; sprinkle with grated chocolate. Store in the refrigerator.

Nutrition Facts

322 calories; protein 5.9g 12% DV; carbohydrates 38.6g 13% DV; fat 17.2g 27% DV; cholesterol 89.3mg 30% DV; sodium 172.2mg 7% DV. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
12/23/2003
This was a very good pie. However this is a very sweet dark chocoate pie. Not a creamy milk chocolate flavor. I like the milk chocolate flavor better as do most people I know. This is great if you are a dark bitter-sweet chocolate lover. I probably won't make this again for myself or my husband (will just use pie filling for a creamier chocolate). However my mother-in-law loved it. She likes the dark chocoate and said it tasted just like her mother used to make. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
11/26/2006
I was disappointed in this pie. Mine came out too bitter and had the taste and texture of fudge not a cream pie. Sorry but will not try again. Read More
(17)
232 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 143
  • 4 star values: 46
  • 3 star values: 21
  • 2 star values: 13
  • 1 star values: 9
Rating: 4 stars
12/23/2003
This was a very good pie. However this is a very sweet dark chocoate pie. Not a creamy milk chocolate flavor. I like the milk chocolate flavor better as do most people I know. This is great if you are a dark bitter-sweet chocolate lover. I probably won't make this again for myself or my husband (will just use pie filling for a creamier chocolate). However my mother-in-law loved it. She likes the dark chocoate and said it tasted just like her mother used to make. Read More
(167)
Rating: 4 stars
07/03/2005
This recipe was very good. I added an extra 1 oz square of chocolate and 2 tablespoons of almond extract and it came out heavenly. I think next time I'll add 1/2 cream and 1/2 milk to make it creamier. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/23/2003
This was wonderful-I served it to some friends who are chocolate lovers who declared it was the best pie they had ever eaten. I used a chocolate cookie crust and topped it with Cool Whip. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/30/2003
Delicious!! Very creamy and chocolatey. Family loved this pie. I had found another recipe that called for 8 oz. of chopped bittersweet chocolate...but hesitated as this recipe called for only 2 oz. of unsweetened. Glad I followed this recipe...the 2 oz. was the perfect amount of chocolate...could only imagine what it would be like with 8!! The custard thickened up with no problem...chilled in a baked pie shell and topped with whipped cream and shaved hershey kisses (all I had )..will make this again! Thanks for a fabulous pie Debbie! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/26/2009
Absolutely delicious pie!! I have made it many times and want to thank you for sharing the recipe. Tastes just like the old fashioned ones my Mom-in-Law made. Unfortunately Mom never wrote much down so I am stuck with lots of ingredient lists and not many instructions! Like anything else the quality of the ingredients determines the end results. I have made this pie with Ghiardelli Dark Bars Valhrona and Lindt 83% Dark and Scharffenburger. Both individually and in varying amounts of each mixed. All with excellent results. They cost a bit more but the results are worth it. I sometimes cut down on the sugar just a smidgen-1 tablespoon-- depending on what kind of chocolate I am using. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/08/2009
Perfect chocolate custard pie recipe. I suspect that those reviewers who had texture issues had trouble with bringing the custard together. You must temper the eggs by slowly adding hot chocolate mixture while beating rapidly otherwise they will start to cook and you will end up with a rubbery custard. This custard can also end up runny if you don't cook the eggs enough after returning to the stove top. If you have a candy thermometer bring your mixture to 170 degrees. If not make sure the mixture coats the back of a wooden spoon so that if you drag a fingertip through the mixture the spoon retains a clean line for several seconds. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/25/2005
Best Chocolate Pie I've had! It has been a hit with friends and family. The best part is that it is really easy to make for those "inexperienced pie makers". Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/05/2005
A wonderful pie recipe that all of my friends and family enjoyed very much! Use a graham cracker crust just to top off that delicious dessert flavor. Pile high with Reddi-Whip for a straight-from-the-bakery look. No one believed that I made this pie myself; they accused me of ordering it from a gourmet restaurant. It's THAT good! Read More
(22)
Rating: 5 stars
11/14/2004
Added 1/4 tsp salt. Delicious. I made it in the microwave w/no problems. This is a dense chocolate - I suppose if you wanted a lighter pie you could fold stiffly whipped cream w/some gelatine into the chocolate before pouring into the crust but I like the whipped cream on top. Fudge-y chocolate crisp crust and the whipped cream...mmmmm! I've made it 2x already! Read More
(21)
Rating: 1 stars
11/26/2006
I was disappointed in this pie. Mine came out too bitter and had the taste and texture of fudge not a cream pie. Sorry but will not try again. Read More
(17)
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