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Bittersweet Chocolate Pudding Pie With Creme Fraiche

Bittersweet Chocolate Pudding Pie With Creme Fraiche
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  • 1 cup
    chocolate wafer cookie crumbs, about half of one 9-ounce package, finely ground in processor
  • 2 tablespoons
  • 5 tablespoons
    butter, unsalted, melted
  • 2 ounces
    bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
  • 1/3 cup
  • 1/3 cup
    unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons
  • 1/4 teaspoon
  • 1 3/4 cups
    whole milk, divided
  • 1/4 cup
    whipping cream, heavy
  • 4 ounces
    bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon
    dark rum
  • 1 teaspoon
    vanilla extract
  • 1 cup
    chilled crème fraîche
  • 1 cup
    chilled heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup
  • 1 teaspoon
    vanilla extract
    bittersweet chocolate curls or chocolate sprinkles, optional
  1. Crust
    Position rack in center of oven; preheat to 350°F.  Blend cookie crumbs and sugar in processor.  Add melted  butter; process until crumbs are evenly moistened.  Press crumb mixture onto bottom and up sides (not rim) of 9-inch-diameter glass pie dish.  Bake until crust begins to set and no longer looks moist, pressing gently with back of fork if crust puss, about 12 minutes.  Remove crust from oven, then sprinkle chopped chocolate over bottom of crust.  Let stand until chocolate softens, 1 to 2 minutes. Using offset spatula or small rubber spatula, spread chocolate over bottom and up sides of crust to cover.  Chill crust until chocolate sets, about 30 minutes.
  2. Filling
    Whisk the sugar, cocoa, cornstarch, and salt to blend in heavy medium saucepan.  Gradually add 1/3 cup milk, whisking until smooth paste forms.  Whisk in remaining milk, then ¼ cup cream.  Using flat-bottom wooden spoon or heatproof spatula, stir mixture constantly over medium heat, scraping bottom and sides of pan until pudding thickens and begins to bubble at edges, about 5 minutes.  Add chocolate; stir until mixture is smooth.  Remove from heat; stir in rum and vanilla.  Pour hot pudding into crust and spread evenly.  Cool 1 hour at room temperature.  Cover with plastic wrap; chill overnight.  (Filling can be made 2 days ahead.  Keep refrigerated.)
  3. Topping
    Using electric mixer, beat crème fraîche, whipping cream, sugar, and vanilla in medium bowl just until stiff peaks form and mixture is thick enough to spread (do not overbeat or mixture may curdle).  Spread topping decoratively over top of pie, swirling to create peaks, if desired.  (Topping can be made 6 hours ahead.  Cover with cake dome  or foil and refrigerate.)
  4. Sprinkle chocolate shavings or sprinkles decoratively atop pie

Adapted from Bon Appétit


Nutritional Information

Makes: 10 servings
  • Calories335
  • Carbohydrates37.9g
  • Cholesterol41mg
  • Fat19.0g
    • Saturated fat11.7g
  • Sodium201mg
  • Protein4.3g
* Nutritional Guidelines based on the USDA's MyPlate Standards.
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