My kids had a chocolate attack the other day. This seldom happens in our house because none of us are overly fond of chocolate. Personally I don't dislike chocolate, I'll just never go out of my way to get any. The girls like chocolate a bit more than I do, and for some reason they just felt in a chocolate-y mood and begged me to make chocolate cream pie.
I used the recipe from my trusty Better Homes & Garden cookbook.
The recipe is for vanilla cream pie, but it gives variations...
...including chocolate cream.
I started with the pie dough. Doubled the recipe to make two pies. No sense doing all this work for just one pie, after all.
I had a bit of extra dough, so I made a miniature "cinnamon crust" -- just pie dough rolled thin, spread with butter/margarine, sprinkled heavily with cinnamon sugar, and baked.
While the pie crusts baked, I started on the filling. Here I'm adding milk to the sugar/flour mix.
Stir stir stir. This is the boring part so I had the kids do it.
Separating egg yolks from whites.
Once the mixture on the stove had thickened, I added a portion to the egg yolks...
...then returned the mix to the pot. It's now a custard.
Meanwhile the crusts were done, so I pulled them out to let them cool.
Adding vanilla and margarine to the custard.
And of course, cocoa powder.
Pouring the custard into the cooled pie crusts.
Into the oven to bake.
The results... yum! (Even for a non-chocolate-lover like me.)