Chocolate Cream Pie Recipe
Hi friends! I have another classic recipe for you today. This chocolate cream pie recipe is going to be your go-to recipe for anything creamy, decadent and delicious in the form of a pie. It’s a true dinner classic and I wanted to share with you the recipe I’ve been using for a while now for my family.
I’m sure you are no stranger to the chocolate cream pie. It’s a decadent, creamy chocolate lover dream recipe of both chocolate and pie in one treat. The pie starts with a flaky, buttery pie crust that is filled will a rich chocolate filing which tastes almost like chocolate pudding, and it’s all topped with a lightly sweetened homemade whipped cream. It’s seriously the perfect combination!
There is lot of room for customizing your chocolate in the filling. I used a mixture of bittersweet and unsweetened but you can do whatever you like (milk chocolate, semi-sweet etc.), it all depends on what’s your favorite. You can also add some flavors into the filling. I’ve added in the past a touch of orange blossom water to the filling, I’ve used a cup of coconut milk and a dash of coconut extract for that tropical flavor and I’ve also lined the bottom of the pie with slices of banana. So it is a very versatile recipe that needs to be in your recipe box!! These are my favorite kinds of recipe to share 🙂
Another thing I love about this recipe is that it is so easy to whip up. It is (almost) no-bake and perfect for making ahead of time for gatherings. In the summer when we are all striving to be outside and spend less time over the oven, this is the perfect recipe.
This chocolate cream pie recipe is a truly a great one that I know you will love. Perfect for all your entertaining and sure will please the chocolate lovers in your family.
Chocolate Cream Pie Recipe
Silky, classic chocolate cream pie recipe is a must have for any summer gathering
For the crust:
- 1 9-inch pie crust, baked (homemade or store-bought)
For the Filling:
- 2/3 cup granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup cornstarch
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 4 large egg yolks
- 3 cups whole milk
- 8 ounces fine-quality chocolate (I used a combination of unsweetened and bittersweet), melted
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
- 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
For the topping:
- 3/4 cup heavy cream, chilled
- 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
For the crust:
- Bake your pie crust as directed by your recipe. Here's one of my favorite homemade recipe. Let the crust cool completely before filling.
For the filling:
- Meanwhile, in a medium heavy saucepan, whisk together the sugar, cornstarch salt, and egg yolks until combined. Gradually whisk in the milk into the mixture. Bring the mixture to boil over medium heat, whisking constantly. Reduce heat to simmer and whisk for an additional minute or until mixture is thick.
- Remove from heat and pass through a fine-mesh sieve into a large bowl. Whisk in the chocolate, butter and vanilla extract. Cover the filling with a buttered wax paper and let cool completely about 2 hours.
- Spoon the filling into the prepared (and cooled) crust. Cover with plastic wrap and chill pie for at least 6 hours or overnight.
- When ready to serve, using an electric mixer beat the heavy cream and sugar in a medium bowl until stiff peaks form. Spoon the whipped cream on top of the pie. Serve immediately. Store leftover pies in the refrigerator for 2-3 days.
- You can assemble the pie (without the topping) a day in advance and keep it refrigerated.
This looks delicious, and the banana and coconut versions sound divine! I might have to try this with both at once!
This pie looks so yummy!
i can’t even remember the last time i had chocolate cream pie! my family tend to be fruit pie people, so chocolate/banana cream pies are not the usual. i love the sound of this though, especially flavored with coconut! also: that whipped cream looks dreamy 😍
Yum! This is one of my favorite pies 🙂
My mom’s thanksgiving dessert specialty was, and continues to be, chocolate pudding pie. Made with instant pudding. So good, but SO BAD. I’m sure it doesn’t hold a candle to this totally from-scratch classic!
Oh Mom’s are always the best though 🙂
Chocolate cream pie has to be one of the most delicious desserts around. This would be perfect for a BBQ this weekend! LOVE IT!
It was so so good!!
Oi vey! I think I’ve died and gone to heaven! ;D I haven’t had chocolate cream pie in ages…it’s a sin, or at least it should be. I’m pinning this gem for later. Sending lots of love your way Zainab <3
Agreed!! It’s so good. Thank you dear!!
Why do you strain the filling?
To make it as smooth as possible, remove any bumps that were not resolved during whisking. you don’t have to strain it for sure.
Mmm, this pie looks so delicious! I love recipes that are versatile like this – they’re so fun to experiment with! 🙂
YES!! A basic good recipe is the best!!
I love chocolate cream pie and you can’t beat the classics! My son would be in heaven if I made this for him — he loves chocolate as much as I do!
The classics are always the best!!
This looks delicious! I haven’t had a chocolate cream pie in ages! Love classic desserts like this 🙂
Silly question- do I cool filling on counter or in fridge?
Not a silly question at all Sandi. It is cooled in the fridge.
oooh I love the texture of this pie! Sometimes chocolate cream pies are too thin, this one looks so decadent!
It’s very rich and amazing!!
I made this yesterday and didn’t feel like it was sweet enough. However, I did use unsweetened chocolate. What could I do to make it sweeter? Sweetened chocolate? More sugar? More vanilla?
Hi Emilee, only more sugar will make this sweeter but you risk messing up with the ratio of the recipe. However, you could try adding 2 tablespoons to a 1/4 cup to see if you like it better. you could also add more sweetener to the whipped cream to balance it off.
What is the purpose of putting the filling through a fine mesh sieve? I’ve made lots of chocolate pies but never had to do this, does it have lumps, and from what if so?
It could have lumps from making the pudding if you don’t incorporate the cornstarch well. You don’t have to pass it through the sieve. It is up to you.
This looks so good! I’ve always wanted to make this from scratch!
I hope you try it!
Thanks for sharing! How far ahead of time can I make it?
Up to two days ahead is how much I have tested. I only top it with the whipped cream when it is time to serve.