Chocolate Cream Pie for What Ails Ya

My little guy wanted chocolate pie for lunch, and of course I wouldn’t buy him a piece.  To console him (yeah, he gets worked up over food like his mama) I promised we’d make a chocolate pie together for dessert tonight and he could be the taste-tester.   (It worked.)

I’d made apple pie last week for a neighbor and made extra crusts and froze them so we had a crust ready.
We baked the crust- I failed to put beans or such in to keep it from rising so it shrank and puffed a bit, but oh well. 
Then he helped me make Chocolate Pudding for the filling. 

Chocolate Cream Pie

3/4 c sugar
1/4 c cornstarch
3 c milk (I use whole organic)
4 ozs of unsweetened dark chocolate, chopped up (I used Ghiardelli)
4 egg yolks, beaten lightly
2 Tablespoons butter
2 teaspoons (good) vanilla

In saucepan on medium high heat whisk together first ingredients quickly. 
Add chocolate. 
Stir and cook until it boils and thickens.  Then once this happens boil 2 minutes more and then remove one cup of to the bowl with the beaten egg yolks.  Mix with a whisk or fork and add back to the saucepan with the rest.   Boil 2 more minutes, add butter and vanilla, and take off heat.  Pour into buttered ramekins or dishes (or in this case put in fridge to cool.)

The messy pan after we filled the pie (lots left! Yum!)

While this cooled I made my whipped cream (1 pint of cream, some powdered sugar, some vanilla)

When the pudding is cooled off spoon into the cooled pie crust, then top with the whipped cream and chocolate shavings if you desire!  YUM!