chocolate cream pie

The chocolate cream pie of my childhood consisted of milk chocolate pudding mix dumped into a premade pie shell and topped with Cool Whip.

That's no way to live!

Here's the real deal...a flaky homemade crust with a filling of sugar, cocoa, milk, butter, eggs, flour, and vanilla, topped with real whipped cream, and finished with dark (72% cacao) shavings. Bliss!

1 1/4 cups sugar
1/2 cup flour
1/4 t salt
9 T cocoa powder
3 cups milk
2 eggs, lightly beaten
6 T butter
1 1/2 t vanilla
1 pre-baked pie shell

In a large saucepan, mix together the sugar, flour, salt, and cocoa. Turn heat to medium and gradually stir in the milk. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until it's think and bubbly. Reduce heat to low and continue cooking another 2-3 minutes.

Remove pan from the heat and temper in the eggs. Return to heat and bring to a gentle boil, stirring constantly, cook another 2-3 minutes. Remove pan from the heat and stir in the butter and vanilla.

Pour it into the prepared pie shell, cover with plastic wrap, and chill for several hours. Serve chilled with whipped cream and chocolate shavings!

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