This weekend we celebrated our friend Jeff’s birthday! HAPPY BIRTHDAY! I was trying to think about a pie, cupcake, or cake that I could make for him when Brent suggested that I make something Oreo. I was steering towards making a chocolate cake with an Oreo mousse on the inside, but then I remembered this pie that my aunt had brought to christmas last year. It was absolutely unbelievable. You honestly couldn’t eat enough of it.
My aunt sent it to me a few weeks later and it’s been sitting on a shelf since then. It was about time that I gave this guy a try as well. The recipe is actually Emeril’s Chocolate Cream Pie. I can take no credit for this one. One day I hope to come up with something this scrumptious. So, I thought this would be a great way to get the work week going, a little mouth-watering chocolate cream pie.
|1 Cup, 2 Tablespoons Sugar||2 1/2 Cups Heavy Cream|
|3/4 Cup Buttermilk||3 1/2 Tablespoons Corn Starch|
|Pinch Salt||4 Egg Yolks|
|4 Ounces Good Quality Chocolate||1 Tablespoon Butter|
|3/4 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract||3 Tablespoons Confectioner’s Sugar|
|2 Cups Graham Cracker Crumbs||1 1/2 Cup Oreo crumbs, without Cream Filling|
|1/4 Cup Sugar||1 Stick Unsalted Butter, Melted|
**I didn’t use graham crackers, but definitely recommend it.
1. In a small saucepan (not on heat), combine sugar, 3/4 cup heavy cream, buttermilk, cornstarch and a pinch of salt. Whisk until smooth. Place over medium-high heat and bring to a boil. Whisk constantly to prevent it from burning. The mix will thicken quite a bit. After about 5 minutes, reduce the heat and whisk and boil for an additional 5 minutes.
2. In a mixing bowl, beat the egg yolks lightly. Pour 1/2 cup of the hot mixture into the eggs and whisk well. Pour the egg yolk mix back into the sauce pan and whisk over heat until it is very thick and well combined, 1-2 minutes. Then, pour the mix into a mixing bowl and add the chocolate, butter and vanilla. Continue whisking until combined throughout. Cover the mix with plastic wrap directly on the surface and put it into the fridge for 30 minutes.
3. When the chocolate mix is ready to come out of the fridge, put 1 3/4 cups heavy cream in a chilled mixing bowl and add the confectioner’s sugar. Beat it until stiff peaks form. Gently fold 1/4 of the whipped cream into the cool chocolate pudding mix. Then spoon it into the pie crust and refrigerate it for 4 hours until it is firm. The remaining whipped cream is served on top of your pie!
For the Pie Crust:
1. In a food processor or a blender, process the graham crackers and the Oreo cookies to make cookie crumbs. Then, in a mixing bowl, mix the crumbs, sugar and butter with your hands. Press the mix into the pie pan. You can even cover the crust with plastic wrap and press another 9 inch pan into it to make sure it is even. (I didn’t do this and the crust was definitely packed enough). Bake it in the oven at 375 for 15 minutes. Let it cool completely before putting the filling in it.
Refrigerate the pie for at least 4 hours. It will make the pie cuttable without the pudding running.
- I used a 9.5 inch pie plate for this and as you can see, the filling didn’t completely fill the pan. So, if you do use a larger pie plate, don’t fill the cookie crust to the brim, your filling won’t end up reaching it.
- Make the pie crust first and then the filling. The pie crust needs to cool down for 30 minutes as well, and also need to be baked. So while the crust is baking you can be mixing the filling. Otherwise, it will take much much longer.
- Definitely use the graham crackers in the crust (unlike I did) I found the crust to be almost too chocolatey. The graham crackers would help balance that out. Good thinking Emeril!
This is an absolutely yummy pie. We all loved it last christmas and I clearly remember it a year later. It had to be good then 🙂 Just don’t ever calculate the calories on this guy. It won’t be your friend.
Let me know what you guys think! And I hope everyone has a great week!
What’s your most memorable cake or pie?? What made it memorable? Was it a complete disaster or a great success??