Chocolate Cream Pie is so simple.
You can use a frozen purchased crust or make your own.
- 5 cups flour
- 4 teaspoons brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 pound cold lard
- 1 egg
- 1 tablespoon vinegar
- cold water
- In a large bowl or your kitchen machine, measure flour, brown sugar, salt and the baking powder.
- Cut in the lard which you've already cut into cubes with a sharp knife. If you have a large food processor you can do it in there. Pulse until it looks like oatmeal.
- Without a food processor, use a pastry cutter and cut until it looks like oatmeal or use the paddle of the free stand mixer to slowly mix until all the bits of lard are mostly the size of oatmeal.
- Put the egg into the measuring cup add the vinegar and then add enough water to make 1 cup.
- Slowly pour in the egg/water/vinegar mixture and stir with a fork just until all the bits are combined and moistened.
- Dump out onto a counter. . and pull together to form a ball.
- Divide into 5 pieces. Shape them into discs and wrap them separately in plastic wrap.
- Refrigerate them or freeze them until you need them. Let them thaw in the refrigerator.
To Bake a pie shell
- Heat your oven to 400. Roll your dough out to fit a 9-inch pie plate.
- Ease it in without stretching and to bake it empty, line with aluminum foil pressing it against the edges and bake it for 10 minutes.
- Remove the foil and bake until brown. Cool
- 1 cup sugar
- 3 tablespoons cornstarch
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 3 cups of whole milk (you can use 2% but it won't be quite as rich)
- 3 beaten egg yolks
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped fine
- In a large glass bowl, combine the sugar, cornstarch, salt.
- Slowly add the milk and the egg yolks.
- Add the chopped chocolate.
- Microwave on high for 2 minutes, stir and repeat until it is hot and bubbling. About 10 minutes total.
- Add the vanilla and butter and stir until smooth. Pour into the cooled pie shell and Chill.
Top with whipped cream and chocolate shavings.