Chocolate Pudding Pie recipe makes an old fashioned chocolate pudding or a silky chocolate cream pie topped with whipped cream and sprinkled with chocolate swirls.
The difference between pudding and pie is the thickness of the filling achieved through cooking.
Pudding is softer, because it is not cooked as long. It is usually served in a dessert dish, topped with whipped cream and a piece of fruit such bananas or cherries.
filling is firmer, because it is cooked 2 to 3 minutes longer, cooled
and poured into a precooked pie crust. It is usually chilled, cut into
wedges and served on a plate.
2/3 cups sugar
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1/4 cup cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 1/2 cups milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoon butter
1 9" baked pie shell, cooled
4 oz. frozen whipped cream topping, thawed
Chocolate Bark or Semi-sweet Chocolate blocks for garnish, if desired.*
Mix together eggs, sugar, cocoa, cornstarch, and salt very well in a saucepan, making sure no lumps of cornstarch are remaining. Stir in milk a little at a time and mix until all is smooth.
Place pan on medium heat, add butter and cook, stirring constantly, until pie is thickened, about 18-20 minutes.
If making pudding, cook until mixture is thickened and starts steaming, but not boiling. If you see a bubble (starting to boil) remove from heat, stir in vanilla and pour into a bowl to let cool. It will thicken more as it cools.
This can be eaten warm as is. It is delicious chilled and topped with whipped cream or fruit.
If making pie, when it starts to boil, stir and let boil about 1 minute, turn off heat, stir in vanilla and let set in pan to cool about 10 minutes.
Stir and pour into the pie shell. Cool thoroughly and top with whipped cream.
This old fashioned Chocolate Pudding Pie Recipe is best if chilled a few hours in the refrigerator or overnight before serving.
*If you choose to garnish with chocolate swirls as in the above image, using Chocolate Bark is quick and easy.
Use a potato peeler to slice off swirls of chocolate onto the pie top.
If you prefer to garnish with grated chocolate, use a Lemon Zester (the grater type ) or other small grater. This is also quick and easy.
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