I don't post a lot of desserts on my website, so when I do it's a recipe I love. And even though I love savory cooking - I've never been much of a baker. I enjoy it when I make sweets for myself and my people, but that's about it. I've never really had a strong interest in figuring out the science between all those baking ingredients. But one incredible dessert that has always stayed with me is a pie recipe a friend of mine made years ago. This is a really fantastic homemade chocolate cream pie with graham cracker crust and I think you will love it!
A Chocolate Pie with a Light Layer of whipped cream
There are so many choices to make when cooking and with this chocolate cream pie, one of those choices is the whipped cream. My feeling is that if you're making a pie from scratch, you should also make the whipped cream yourself. Yes, I also totally understand that this might not be your thing. You have permission to use already-packaged whipped cream from the store.
However, I want you to know you need only three things to make your own whipped cream:
- Heavy cream (or whipping cream)
- White granulated sugar
- An electric hand blender (or a really strong arm to whip it with a whisk)
There. That wasn't so bad, was it? Stand in one place daydreaming about whatever you want and hold a hand blender for about 5-7 minutes. Voilà! Whipped cream. Correction: really delicious homemade whipped cream. And I opt for only a thin layer of the whipped cream. You can certainly up the ingredients and make more, but I think less is more with this pie.
How to Make a Graham Cracker Crust
Another choice when you make this pie is the crust. To me, with any pie, the whole thing comes down to the crust. For fruity pies, I have my old stand-by butter crust - which is also a recipe from my chef friend who gave me this chocolate cream pie recipe! She is a crazy talented and makes the best desserts. 🙂 I used her pie crust recipe with my apple pie with butter crust. AND - I use a variation (with less sugar) of the same crust in my quiche with roasted tomatoes and asparagus.
I understand the temptation to grab a store-bought graham cracker crust, but really? You've just made an elegant, gourmet pie filling and it seems an injustice to then pour it into a factory made (usually slightly stale), store-bought crust. I'm forgiving about the whipped cream, but much less forgiving about the crust. There. You know where I stand.
We can do better, and again, this is all you need for a buttery, awesome graham cracker crust:
- Graham crackers
- White granulated sugar
Easy Steps to Making Chocolate Cream Pie with Graham Cracker Crust
Oh, You Want More Sweet Things? I Gotcha Covered:
- Ina Garten's Sheet Pan Brownies (aka Outrageous Brownies)
- Really Great Rum Cake
- Marian Burros's New York Times Torte w/Strawberries
- Fantastic Apple Pie w/Butter Crust
- Bourbon Pecan Pie
- Strawberry Love Pie w/Sweet Whipped Ricotta
- Cheddar Stuffed French Toast w/Warm Peach Compote