Still working through L.A. piccies, but I just couldn’t wait to share process piccies of the chocolate cream pie I made last night!

I was feeling a little under the weather (travelling usually does that to me), so I spent much of the day laying around on the couch, watching movies. Of course, I ended up watching Julie & Julia again and was immediately entranced with the chocolate cream pie the awful Julie character made. So entranced, that I ran over to Safeway, bought a delicious 4 oz bar of Ghiradelli 100% cacao and set to making the following:

Let’s back up a bit… how did this glorious slice of chocolatey perfection come to be?

Start out with a bit of sugar, a bit of cornstarch, and the aforementioned bar of unsweetened magic.

Break the chocolate into smallish bits…

Combine the sugar, cornstarch, chocolate pieces and a bit of salt.

Over a double boiler (I just use my giant steel mixing bowl over a saucepan of near boiling water), add in 2.5 cups of milk, stirring constantly for about 10 minutes until the mixture begins to thicken.

I added all the ingredients at once, resulting in a scary dissolving Cocoa Puffs situation, which eventually redeemed itself around the 7 minute mark. To avoid the stress of potentially ruining 5 dollars worth of premium chocolate, gently melt the dry ingredients together for a few minutes before adding the milk!

Continue cooking for about another 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, by which point your chocolate should look amazing like this:

Pour half the hot chocolate into a bowl with 3 beaten egg yolks and mix it up good. Then stir that back in with the rest of the chocolate.

Cook for another 5 minutes, remove from heat and stir in a 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract. Then pour that baby into a baked pie shell and let it chill in the fridge for 3-4 hours. Ta da!

I finished it off with some homemade whipped cream which was crazy easy and far more delicious than anything I’ve ever had from a tub or a pressurized can. Just add a little confectioner’s sugar and some vanilla extract to some heavy whipping cream and beat that stuff until your arm’s about to fall off and the cream forms a stiff peak.