Simple Simon Homemade Chocolate Pudding Pie: The Perfect Chocolate Valentine’s Day Dessert for Your Chocoholic
I had a house full of guests here for lunch yesterday since we were celebrating the temporary return of our “prodigal daughter”: a friend who decided to up and move to Boston without even consulting the rest of us.
The nerve, right?
Knowing I had promised to share a delicious chocolate Valentine’s Day dessert option with you that I would have to begin making the minute they walked out the door, I was ecstatic that this quick pie was the one on my to-do list.
I was also really happy that Burly son #2 got home in time to act as my sous chef. Another set of hands always makes the job go faster, plus he tends to spill the beans about his day at school more readily when he’s wrist-deep in chocolate pudding.
As labor intensive as the lovely Pavlova was, this luscious chocolate dessert is the exact opposite. You can whip it up in minutes. It’s super simple.
You might even say it’s as easy as pie!
But don’t say that, because it would be incredibly corny and would elicit many, loud groans. Trust me. Been there, done that.
Suffice it to say, the only easier way to obtain a pie would be if you really were Simple Simon, and met a pieman, and grabbed one of his.
The nice thing, too, is that this recipe helps you use up most of the egg yolks you stored away from the Pavlova that you made the other day.
Umm, why am I suddenly sensing that you didn’t make it?
You didn’t, did you?
Heavy sigh . . . moving on.
There isn’t anything like making your own homemade pudding. It’s richer, tastier, and creamier, and doesn’t have the artificial aftertaste that a lot of boxed puddings have. Once you make and taste this homemade version, you’ll be hooked.
Since we’re going for simple here, save yourself some hassle and time by using a store-bought crust whether it’s refrigerated pie dough that you’ll bake, or ready-to-use Oreo, or Graham cracker crust. Personally, I bought a pie crust mix, which whips up really quickly by just adding water.
My sons and husband go gaga over this pie. Even I, as a self-confessed non-chocolate-lover, like it. Granted, I may leave the remainder of my pie uneaten once the whipped cream is gone, but still . . . baby steps, my friends.
Here’s how you make the pie.
Recipe courtesy of: The Pioneer Woman
1 whole pie crust baked, if necessary, and cooled
1-1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 cups whole milk
4 whole egg yolks
6-1/2 ounces, weight bittersweet chocolate, chopped finely
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 Tablespoons butter
Combine the sugar, cornstarch, and salt in a medium saucepan. Stir or whisk together.
Pour in milk and egg yolks, and whisk together.
Stir over medium heat until the mixture just barely comes to a boil and becomes thick, about 6-8 minutes (maybe less, maybe more; just watch it!) The second it starts to bubble and thicken (note: It should be thick like pudding!) remove it from the heat.
Add the chocolate, vanilla, and butter, and stir until combined.
Pour the pudding into the pie crust (if there is extra, spoon it into small dishes) and place in the fridge to chill for 4 hours uncovered.
Cut into slices and serve with whipped cream!
Simple Simon Chocolate Pudding Pie
- 1 store-bought piecrust
- 1 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup cornstarch
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 3 cups whole milk
- 4 egg yolks
- 6 1/2oz bittersweet chocolate (chopped finely)
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 2 tablespoons butter
- whipped cream
|Combine sugar, cornstarch and salt in a medium saucepan. Stir or whisk together.|
|Pour in milk and egg yolks and whisk together.|
|Stir over medium heat until the mixture just barely comes to a boil and becomes thick. (6 - 8 minutes) Remove from heat and add the chocolate, vanilla, and butter. Stir until combined.|
|Pour the pudding into the pie crust and chill in fridge for 4 hours. Spoon any extra pudding into single serve dishes.|
|Slice and top with whipped cream.|
And there you have your Valentine’s surprise – Simple Simon Chocolate Pudding Pie: proven to be 100 times more delicious than a Hallmark card!