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Silky Chocolate Pie Recipe

Silky Chocolate Pie Recipe

Chocolate makes the world go round! We have a family that just loves chocolate pies, and this version with a splash of brandy is smooth as silk and oh-so-special. —Kathy Hewitt, Cranston, Rhode Island
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Cook: 15 min.+ chilling YIELD:8 servings

Ingredients

  • Pastry for single-crust pie (9 inches), see below
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 2-1/2 cups half-and-half cream
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 6 ounces semisweet chocolate, finely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons Cognac or brandy
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • TOPPING:
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tablespoon Cognac or brandy
  • 1 teaspoon confectioners' sugar
  • Baking cocoa

Directions

  • 1. On a lightly floured surface, roll pastry dough to a 1/8-in.-thick circle; transfer to a 9-in. pie plate. Trim pastry to 1/2 in. beyond rim of plate; flute edge. Line unpricked pastry with a double thickness of foil. Fill with pie weights, dried beans or uncooked rice.
  • 2. Bake at 400° for 20 minutes. Remove foil and weights; bake 10-12 minutes longer or until golden brown. Cool on a wire rack.
  • 3. In a heavy saucepan, mix sugar and cornstarch. Whisk in cream. Cook and stir over medium heat until thickened and bubbly. Remove from the heat. In a small bowl, whisk a small amount of hot mixture into egg yolks; return all to the pan, whisking constantly. Cook and stir over low heat 1 minute longer. Remove from the heat; stir in the chocolate, Cognac and vanilla until chocolate is melted.
  • 4. Transfer to a clean bowl; press plastic wrap onto surface of filling. Cool filling to room temperature. Spoon into crust. Refrigerate, covered, until cold, about 4 hours.
  • 5. For topping, in a small bowl, beat cream until it begins to thicken. Add Cognac and confectioners' sugar; beat until soft peaks form. Spread over pie. Sprinkle with cocoa. Yield: 8 servings.
Editor's Note: Let pie weights cool before storing. Beans and rice may be reused for pie weights, but not for cooking.

Nutritional Facts

1 piece (calculated without grated chocolate) equals 579 calories, 39 g fat (24 g saturated fat), 211 mg cholesterol, 171 mg sodium, 44 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 8 g protein.

Wine Pairings

Sweet White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a sweet white wine such as Moscato or a sweet Riesling.