There’s honestly nothing like homemade pie filling. And for this recipe, don’t be tempted to substitute boxed pudding, because it’ll never be as rich and decadent as homemade!
You can, however (and really should!), use pre-baked pie crust or store-bought cookie crust. Luckily, the filling is really quick and easy to make. Once you try our method, you’ll never be scared to make homemade pudding again…we promise!
Chocolate Cream Pie Recipe
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 5 Tbsp cornstarch
- 2 Tbsp cocoa powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 4 egg yolks
- 2 1/2 cups whole milk
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 5 oz semi-sweet chocolate, chopped, about 1 cup
- 3 Tbsp unsalted butter
- 1 pie crust recipe, traditional or einkorn
- whipped cream, dairy or dairy-free
- chocolate sprinkles, for garnish (optional)
- Add the sugar, cornstarch, cocoa and salt to a medium-sized saucepan (off the heat). Whisk until combined and no lumps of cornstarch remain. Add the egg yolks and whisk until it forms a thick paste.
- Add milk and whisk until everything is completely dissolved and smooth. Move the saucepan to the stove and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly with a whisk until liquid thickens and comes to a bubble. Stir continually or it will scorch.
- Once the mixture boils and the first bubble rises to the surface, reduce heat to low and continue to cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute exactly.
- Remove from heat and whisk in chopped chocolate. Stir until completely melted and smooth then add vanilla and butter and stir until all butter is melted and well-incorporated.
- Pour filling into a bowl and cover with plastic wrap, making sure to place the plastic wrap directly in contact with the filling to prevent a skin from forming on the surface. Refrigerate at least 3 hours or until cool to the touch.
- Remove cooled filling from refrigerator and whisk until smooth then spoon into prepared pie crust. Refrigerate until set and top with whipped cream and chocolate sprinkles if desired.
Add a few sliced strawberries to the top of your pie for a delicious pop of flavor and color!