For the crust:
- 9 (142 grams) full size graham crackers
- 1/4 teaspoon fine salt
- 5 tablespoons (71 grams) unsalted butter, melted
For the filling:
- 1 tablespoon (1 envelope) unflavored gelatin
- 1/3 cup boiling water
- 2/3 cup (133 grams) sugar
- 1/3 cup (28 grams) unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/4 cup (35 grams) cornstarch
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 3 cups milk (whole milk or 2% work best)
- 4 ounces (113 grams) bittersweet chocolate, chopped
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
For the whipped cream:
- 1 cup chilled heavy cream
- 1 tablespoon powdered sugar
- Cocoa powder or chocolate shavings, for garnish
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Spray a 9-inch pie plate with cooking spray.
Make the crust:
In the bowl of a food processor, pulse the crackers and salt until finely ground. Pour in the butter and pulse until evenly moistened. Press the crumb mixture into bottom of pie plate and about 1-inch up the sides. Bake for 10 minutes, then let cool.
Make the filling:
In the meantime, make the pudding. Put the gelatin in a small bowl, add the boiling water and stir until dissolved. Set aside.
In a medium saucepan mix the 2/3 cup of sugar, cocoa, cornstarch and salt. Gradually add half of the milk, whisking until smooth. Whisk in the rest of the milk. Turn the heat on to medium and cook, whisking constantly, until the mixture thickens and comes to a boil, about 10 minutes.
Remove from the heat. Add the chocolate and stir until melted. Stir in the vanilla and reserved gelatin. Pour the mixture into the pie crust and let set for at least 4 hours in the refrigerator.
Make the whipped cream:
Beat the cream and sugar in a medium deep bowl until soft peaks form. Spread over pie. Garnish with cocoa or chocolate shavings.
The pie can be covered and stored in the fridge for up to 1 day.
Adapted from Ellie Krieger
I want to follow this recipe to make vanilla pudding pie so I want to omit the cocoa and dark chocolate but do I need to use white chocolate instead of the dark chocolate? I mean to harden the pudding a little bit or should I totally skip the chocolate
What can I use instead of Graham Cracker?
Will plain digestive biscuits work?
Loved this pie…chocolate-y but not too chocolate-y! Sweet, but not too sweet. Perfect! When I need a feel good chocolate fix, this will be my go-to recipe.
I’m so happy to hear that, Barb!
Wow! This chocolate pudding pie looks so rich and flavorful! Pudding desserts are so easy to make and always taste delicious, don’t they!
I can’t wait to try this, my Handsome Hubby always talks about the chocolate pudding pie his mom made. He always loved the “skin” on it?
any way how much sugar and salt go in the crust?
Thanks for such a great choice! I'm not big on sweets, but this definitely hit the spot for that rare craving. Yours looks much creamier than mine; maybe that's due to the milk? I used fat free, and my filling turned out a little too gelatinous. The flavor was really good though once I got over the weird texture!
I am a bit late getting it made and posted, what with my family activities here in canada … but I finally had a chance to do it for dinner last night and Mom and I were both really impressed. I added extra graham crackers for the crust, then missed the instruction about baking it for 10 minutes :>( but it turned out fine anyway. And I also used the 2% because it was all we had here … and I would use it (or even whole milk for the right crowd) again. The taste was superb and I am thinking to add this dish to my Gringo Perdido menu. Thanks for choosing this great dessert, Tessa!!
Super pick, this was really tasty. Your slice of pie looks really nice and creamy.
Great pick, Tessa! The friend whose birthday party I brought it to even ate the leftovers for breakfast the next morning 🙂
It was a delicious pick, Tessa. Thanks for choosing it! And your pie does look luscious!
Thanks Joanne! Yours looks delicious too 🙂
Justin, I thought that too but then I remembered that graham crackers aren't all that bad for you! Regardless, I love crusts so I'm using more next time 🙂
extra crust sounds good. i assume ellie krieger didn't want to go to overboard.
This was a great pick and your photo looks yummy.
Yeah! Love making desserts.