There is a certain period of time every month when I crave chocolate, cakes and all things dessert. These are times when I find myself scrolling pages after pages of Foodgawker and salivating over pictures of sweets and pastries. I cant help it. I guess many of you women are with me here, right?
Last weekend, I watched my favorite cooking show on Food Network, The Pioneer Woman. The episode was Kitchen Confessional: Chocolate. That may seem a very bad timing because it was that time of the month when I was craving sweets and then an entire chocolate episode of a cooking show is playing in my face.
I think you know what happened next.
I frolicked in the kitchen and I made a chocolate pie.
That is what happened. Although I am working on my weight loss goal this year, I cant bring myself to deprive my tastebuds and my tummy of this total chocolatey goodness. It is not like I am gonna eat an entire pie. Sometimes, one sinful slice every now and then, and savoring it with all my senses, is not bad at all.
- For the crust:
- 2 and ½ cups crushed graham crackers ( about 18 pieces of the rectangular ones)
- 1 tbsp sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 stick unsalted butter, melted
- ¼ tsp salt
- For the filling:
- 1 cup sugar
- ¼ cup cornstarch
- 1 tsp salt
- 4 egg yolks
- 2.5 cups milk ( I used 2%)
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 5 oz milk chocolate chips
- 1 tbsp butter
- For the graham pie crust: Tear 18 rectangular graham crackers into smaller pieces and feed them into the chute of a food processor. Add the melted butter, vanila and salt. Pulse until mixture is fine and thoroughly combined. Pour this mixture into the center of a 9 inch pie pan and using hands, press them firmly into the bottom and sides of the pan. Bake this in a pre-heated oven at 350F for 8 minutes. Set aside.
- For the filling: Combine sugar, cornstarch and salt in a medium sauce pan and use a whisk to carefully mix the dry ingredients . Add in the milk and egg yolks and stir. Cook this mixture over medium heat, until it is thick like a pudding and bubbles are starting to appear in the surface. This will take about 8-10 minutes but watch it closely . As soon as bubbles appear and mixture is thick,turn off heat.
- Add the chocolate chips , vanilla and butter and stir the mixture until all chocolate and butter are blended well into the mixture.
- Let cool and refrigerate for several hours to firm up. Serve plain or top slices with whipped cream.
Recipe adapted from The Pioneer Woman