Chocolate Pie




Introduction: Chocolate Pie


When you think of chocolate pie, you're thinking of this pie - decadent, luxurious, fudgey chocolate filling baked into a light and flaky crust, topped with homemade whipped cream and chocolate shavings.  This is no meringue, no French silk business, no pudding pie.  This is homemade chocolate pie as it was meant to be.

As with all good things, this pie takes time and effort (mostly the effort of waiting for it to chill before serving!), but once you try it, you'll never go back.  Accept no imitations, no short cuts, and be prepared to throw all other recipes away.

This is the quintessential chocolate pie recipe you've been dreaming of. 

Step 1: Ingredients

Your journey to chocolate pie nirvana begins with:

1 Pre-Baked Pie Crust
Store bought or
Use this recipe!

  • 6 oz semisweet chocolate - chips or bar
  • 4 oz (1/2 cup) sweet unsalted butter
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 4 oz (1/2 cup) sugar

  • 12 oz (1 1/2 cups) heavy cream
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • Chocolate shavings (opt)

Step 2: Prep

If using a store-bought crust, pre bake crust according to directions.

If using my pie crust recipe, prick the crust a bunch of times with a fork to prevent it from getting all poofy.  Line with foil and weights (I used lag bolts again) and bake crust at 375oF (190oC)for 20 minutes.

Remove the foil and weights and bake another 8-10 minutes until golden.

Reduce your oven temp to 325oF (160oC) for the impending pie.

Step 3: Melt Chocolate + Butter

In case you missed that last part, make sure you turn your oven down to 325oF (160oC) once your crust is baked.

Now you'll want to devise some sort of double-boiler-type rig for this step.  You can use a heatproof bowl set over (not in) a saucepan of water, or a pan set over another pan, or an actual double boiler (which I obviously did not have).

Bring the water in the lower pan to a simmer, and add the 6 oz of chocolate and 1/2 cup of butter to the top pan.  Stir until melted.

Step 4: Egg Mix

Beat together the three eggs, 1/8 teaspoon of salt, and 1/2 cup of sugar with an electric mixer, until fluffy - about 5 minutes.

Step 5: Chocolate + Eggs

Slowly fold the egg mixture into the chocolate.  It will resist cooperation at first.  Your persistence will pay off and eventually you will have a beautifully incorporated filling.

Step 6: Bake

Pour the filling mixture into your pre-baked crust.

Bake pie at 325oF for 20-25 minutes, until the filling is puffy and beginning to crack.

Cool for 1 hour, then place in fridge to chill.  This allows the filling to achieve its perfect consistency.

Step 7: Whip Cream

Time to make whipped cream!

You'll want an electric mixer for this step, or your arm will surely fall off. 

Beat the 1 1/2 cups of heavy cream with the 3 tablespoons of sugar until light, fluffy peaks appear.  This might take longer than you think, but it's worth the wait! 

Step 8: Finis!

Top pie with whipped cream and chocolate shavings or other preferred garnish.

Make sure you cut yourself a slice first.  It may be considered rude, but once that pie is cut, it's going to go fast.  You don't want to miss out! 



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79 Discussions

I just made it today and I'm looking forward to surprising the wife for her birthday! This is my first pie ever, really excited! I made one chocolate and the other was peanut butter chocolate. I took a gamble and made 2 pies at the same time, had to bake them a bit longer to make sure they were complete. Hope they both came out ok!

If I may suggest, I felt like I was a bit frantic (probably because it was my first pie and I was making 2 at the same time) making the filling while melting the chocolate... maybe an order of operations would be helpful! As far as when to make the whipped cream, (I figured out that you can just refrigerate the finished cream) maybe include that you can put it in the fridge for those that don't know better. Other than that it was very simple to follow and you were right, after smelling it while it was cooling, that is for sure the hardest part!

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You are man after my own heart. Why take on one daunting project when you can double it! I'm super excited to hear how the peanut butter one comes out. Did you do it as a layer or mixed in with the chocolate? I may have to make a new pie based on this inspiration! Great tips for newbie bakers :D

It turned out really good! I was very happy with the results. The peanut butter chocolate actually came out better looking (formation wise) but both pies were delicious! As far as how, i didnt layer it, im not fancy enough haha. I mixed in reese peanut butter chips with the milk chocolate. I think the peanut butter made the filling form a bit better, made a more solid pie. Great recipe, will make it again for sure! Thanks scooch!!

The most amazing pie ive ever had. I think next time i'd put a little less chocolate inside, so it tastes more graham crackery... but overall, amazing.

i used keebler everready graham cracker crust.. and bc i live in canada, there was no heavy cream available so i used 35% whipping cream... but still everything turned out amazing.

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I am 15 and have no experience baking, and was able to make this...
Most epic. Pie. Ever.
Luckily no one else was around to steal my pie ;P

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First time I made this pie was over 2 years ago and this is still the most requested food I've ever made, birthday's, holidays, whatever it is everyone wants this pie!

looks so good! To bad I can't make it at my house :(. I am a total chocolate lover though so maybe I can try it later if my mom lets me!:)

looks so good! To bad I can't make it at my house :(. I am a total chocolate lover though so maybe I can try it later if my mom lets me!:)

looks so good! To bad I can't make it at my house :(. I am a total chocolate lover though so maybe I can try it later if my mom lets me!:)

Im getting ready to make this i have tried a few different methods and nothing has a really good flavor hopefully this will be it also different whip cream flavors im thinking mint chocolate chip or ohh white chocolate peppermint i wonder if you use white chocolate what would happen oh man...

would it be good for our Christmas meal ? maybe not use chocolate shavings but chrismas cake decorations, my mum bulk buys edible decorations. she has xmas tree shape decorations. could that be done? someone please help me!

can't wait to make family love chocolate , but I'd have to follow mums pastry's half butter, half lard and not to the breadcrumb consistency before adding water

If i put the whipped cream on the pie and then put back into the fridge for about six hours, will the whipped cream melt or loose its shape because that's what happened with a different recipe I made. That pie was a pudding pie so I'm not sure if that made a difference. Please reply as soon as possible. Thanks!!

I really thought there was no way a recipe could be this simple and still be delicious. I made this today on a whim and couldn't be happier with how it turned out!

My daughter and I made this last year for Christmas and it was the best pie ever!! I don't even like most pies and I LOVE this! We were talking about making it again this year and I panicked because I couldn't find the recipe. I have been searching chocolate pies all day and FINALLY I found it! I will not lose this again because it is so so good!

I just made a version of this pie with the following substitutions:

1) pecan nut crust (we're doing paleo-ish for Thanksgiving)

2) 10oz bittersweet (60%) Guittard chips

It was amazing, and the first dessert to disappear at Thanksgiving this year. (This is why I don't have a picture to share.) Thanks for the recipe!

These instructions are incomplete. You don't say when to add the eggs, which is very important for novice cooks.