Milk Chocolate Cream Pie

November 20, 2020
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Photo by Ayanna Long
Author Notes

Yes, I love dark chocolate very much—but milk chocolate has a special place in my heart, too. I especially like it in creamy desserts, so wrapping a milk chocolate pudding in a flaky pie crust seemed like a no-brainer. I added a milk chocolate black-bottom base, too, which you could skip, but I think it’s worth it for the extra boost of pure chocolate flavor.
Erin Jeanne McDowell

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Milk Chocolate Cream Pie
  • Prep time 2 hours 15 minutes
  • Cook time 10 minutes
  • makes one 9-inch pie
  • Pie
  • 1 blind-baked pie crust, cooled completely
  • Filling
  • 1 1/2 cups (345 grams) whole milk
  • 1/4 cup (50 grams) heavy cream
  • 5 ounces (142 grams) finely chopped milk chocolate
  • 1/4 cup (99 grams) granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup (28 grams) cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 4 large (85 grams) egg yolks
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • (Whipped Cream)
  • 1 cup (235 grams) heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup (50 grams) granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Grated milk chocolate or cocoa powder, for finishing
In This Recipe
  1. Have the cooled pie crust ready. Place the chocolate in a medium heat-safe bowl. In a small pot, bring the cream to a boil over medium heat. Pour the hot cream over the chocolate. Let sit for 15 seconds undisturbed, then stir to combine; the ganache should be thick and smooth.
  2. Pour the ganache into the base of the cooled, par-baked pie crust and spread into an even layer. Let set for 15 to 20 minutes before adding the filling.
  3. Make the filling: In a medium pot, heat the milk and cream over medium-low heat. When the mixture begins to simmer, turn off the heat and add the chocolate. Whisk lightly until the mixture is fully combined. Turn the heat back on to medium-low and heat, stirring constantly, until the chocolate is fully melted. Keep warm over low heat.
  4. In a medium bowl, whisk the sugar, cornstarch, and salt together to combine. Add the egg yolks and whisk until well combined. Pour about a quarter of the hot milk/chocolate mixture into the bowl to temper the yolk mixture, whisking constantly to combine.
  5. Return this mixture to the pot and cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly with a silicone spatula, until the mixture becomes very thick and large bubbles break the surface, 2 to 3 minutes.
  6. Remove the pot from the heat and stir in the butter and vanilla extract. Strain the pudding into the prepared pie crust and spread into an even layer. Place a piece of plastic wrap directly over the surface and chill until set, at least 2 hours.
  7. When the pie is chilled, make the whipped cream. In a medium bowl (or in an electric mixer), whip the cream, sugar, and vanilla to medium peaks. Pile onto the pie just before serving and garnish with grated chocolate or cocoa powder.

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I always have three kinds of hot sauce in my purse. I have a soft spot for making people their favorite dessert, especially if it's wrapped in a pastry crust. My newest cookbook, The Book on Pie, is out on November 10th, 2020.

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scraps September 19, 2021
I am suuuper picky about my chocolate cream pie. I like the filling like pudding, not mousse. I like a plain pastry crust (not sweet and certainly not Oreos). And lastly, I just want a simple small pie. Not a deep dish behemoth that we can’t finish.

The filling I can do with ease, though I don’t like it too sweet. I was skeptical about this recipe but Erin’s description really sold me that it wouldn’t be overly sweet.

The crust is what gets me every time. I suck at them, and I am otherwise an extremely accomplished home baker. This recipe on its own may not seem like much, but click around and find Erin’s pie crust videos on Food52, and that will explain it all. Not only did my crust turn out pretty good, but from her videos, I know exactly what I can do to improve next time.

Finished pie tasted amazing. 6 of us finished the entire thing, so the size was perfect too. Absolutely 100% not too sweet. Just perfect chocolate pie.

One thing though— my ganache didn’t turn out at all. It was runny like syrup. I’ve made ganache tons of times with dark chocolate; perhaps the milk chocolate is the difference here?