A thin layer of rich ganache prevents the chocolate filling from making the crust here soggy. If you don’t want to make your own pie crust, simply use a 9-inch graham cracker crust.
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1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
1 stick cold unsalted butter, cubed
1/4 cup ice water
2 cups plus 2 tablespoons heavy cream, chilled
6 ounces bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped, plus shavings for garnish
2 cups whole milk
1/4 cup plus 2 teaspoon granulated sugar
3 large egg yolks
1/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
1/4 cup cornstarch
1 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder
1 ounce unsweetened chocolate, finely chopped
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
How to Make It
In a food processor, pulse the 1 1/4 cups of flour with 1/4 teaspoon of salt. Add the butter and pulse until pea-size pieces form. Drizzle in the ice water and pulse until the crumbs are moistened. Turn the dough out onto a work surface and gather it into a ball. Flatten into a disk, wrap in plastic and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
On a floured work surface, roll out the chilled dough to an 11-inch round, a scant 1/4 inch thick; ease it into a 9-inch glass or ceramic pie plate. Trim the overhanging dough to 1 inch and fold it under itself. Crimp decoratively and chill the crust until very firm, about 30 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 350°. Line the crust with parchment paper and fill with pie weights or dried beans. Bake in the lower third of the oven for about 35 minutes, until the crust is set and lightly golden brown. Remove the parchment and pie weights and bake for about 15 minutes more, until golden brown. Transfer the crust to a wire rack and let cool completely.
In a small microwave-safe bowl, heat 2 tablespoons of the heavy cream until steaming, about 30 seconds. Add 2 ounces of the chopped bittersweet chocolate and let stand for 5 minutes, then stir with a rubber spatula until smooth. Pour into the cooled crust and refrigerate until the ganache is firm, about 15 minutes.
In a medium saucepan, heat the milk with 1/4 cup of the granulated sugar over moderate heat until bubbles form around the edge, about 5 minutes. In a large heatproof bowl, whisk the egg yolks with the brown sugar, cornstarch, cocoa powder and ¼ teaspoon of salt. Gradually whisk in the hot milk mixture. Pour this mixture into the saucepan and cook over moderately low heat, whisking constantly, until very thick, about 3 minutes. Remove from the heat and whisk in the remaining 4 ounces of bittersweet chocolate along with the unsweetened chocolate and vanilla until smooth. Strain the chocolate filling over the chilled ganache in the pie crust through a coarse sieve and smooth the surface with a rubber spatula. Press a piece of plastic wrap directly onto the surface of the filling and refrigerate for at least 3 hours, until chilled.
In a medium bowl, using a hand mixer, beat the remaining 2 cups of heavy cream and 2 teaspoons of granulated sugar at medium speed until firm peaks form. Remove the plastic wrap from the chilled pie and spread the whipped cream on top. Refrigerate until the whipped cream is set, about 30 minutes. Garnish with bittersweet chocolate curls and serve.
The pie can be refrigerated for up to 3 days.
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Review Body: Sadly, there's a reason why this recipe has no reviews. That should be the 1st sign not to attempt. I typically trust Food and Wine as a great source, but this pie recipe made no sense.
First the brown sugar/cornstarch/egg yolk mixture turned into a gloppy solid ball. If there was a specific order to be followed here, it wasn't clear for me. Next, after the 3 minute of heating with the milk it never got very thick. It was completely runny still and never set up like a heavy cream whipped up would for a French silk filling.
Also, why would I actually want to make something that needs a sieve for this pie?
Finally, the whipped cream topping was my only hope for saving this into an edible pie. After chilling the chocolate milk liquid for 4 hours, it sad as a liquid in my baked pie shell until I realized this was never going to set up. I incorporated the whipping cream (the top layer) into the chocolate milk filling, and it turned into what looked more like what was expected--a mousse consistency, still not really a solid, and still with flecks of chocolate. I was able to eat one piece.
Even though I attempted to follow the instructions to a T, this recipe was such a waste of time!