Tuesday, April 28, 2009

TWD - Chocolate Cream Pie




I've said it before, and I'll say it again - one of the reasons why I enjoy food blogging as part of a group is that it pushes me to make things that I would never in a million years have chosen to make myself, and I am more often than not pleasantly surprised by the results.

This week's Tuesday with Dorie, hosted by Kim of Scrumptious Photography, is another one of those weeks where I made something that I otherwise would have never have chosen to make. Kim's choice was Dorie's Chocolate Cream Pie. This is a dish which I believe is all American, as evidenced by Dorie's opening description of it as resembling something served at a roadside diner. Now, I would be lying if I said that chocolate and cream served separately aren't good - I am a chocoholic, and cream can make many dishes just that little bit nicer (if a bit naughtier in the kilojoule department). However, the sound of the two together in a chocolate shortbread crust with chocolate curls on top sounded way too rich for me.

I made Dorie's recipe as is, without any changes, as many TWDers who made this before me said that this was just perfect.




Unfortunately, I have not as yet tried the pie combination because I am taking this for the Legal-Finance morning tea today. A lot of TWDers said that while they weren't that keen on the separate elements of this pie, together, they found them to be awesome. I can say that I have tried the crust (rather dry and not at all sweet), and the chocolate custard (devine) and the whipped cream (which is, well, whipped cream) alone. An update on my views on the flavour combination will be provided once I have sliced the pie.


Newsflash - the Verdict: This pie is incredibly rich - it knocks a sucker punch. The cream actually helps to smooth out some of the richness, so I would not leave it out. However, it was very popular at the party as well, making me a happy girl :)



You can check out hundreds of other versions of this chocolate cream pie, and have your fill, so to speak, by visting the
TWD blogroll, and you can find the recipe at Kim's site (remembering that Kim will post behind me because we are in different time zones).

25 comments:

Leslie said...

I hope you'll be pleasantly surprised when you do get to try all of the elements together. You're going to be very popular at your tea!

pinkstripes said...

OH, yum. Seeing your pictures makes me miss this tart.

Heather said...

holy cow that sounds good!!

Engineer Baker said...

Wow, that is going to be one decadent morning tea! Lucky coworkers :)

mike said...

Yes - you'll be the hit of the party. It looks fantastic - and trust me, it tastes fantastic too! NIcely done! Love the chocolate shavings!

Mermaid Sweets said...

Looks great. I am bringing mine to work too.

Mary said...

so delicious !

Clivia said...

YOur pie looks perfect. Fight for a piece before it's all gone!

Astra Libris said...

Heavenly!! Absolutely heavenly! I am in raptures!

chocolatechic said...

I bet your co-workers just heart you!


I added a wee bit of hazelnut coffee creamer to my custard....out of this world good!

Chris said...

I definitely wouldn't leave out the whipped cream - as you said, all three elements together are what make it so great. I also didn't make any substitutions on this one. Turned out pretty fantastic!

kimberly salem said...

Glad you got to expand your dessert horizons! :) It is seriously rich... I think it's more of a once-yearly kind of dessert;) Yours looks delicious!

The Blonde Duck said...

I have the odd ability to inhale rich things. If only I could eat chocolate!

Kayte said...

Incredibly rich it looks...this huge tart lasted less than 48 hours here with two 16 year old boys and a hubs who loves chocolate. I had nary a piece...and it is GONE! LOL. Must really be good.

Tammy said...

I loved this too. Yours looks delicious!

Pamela said...

I agree, the pie needs the whipped cream. The pastry cream was really amazing, too. All together, this was a fabulous dessert!

Big Boys Oven said...

wow what a great attempt, I must do some cattching up soon with DB!

Lorraine @NotQuiteNigella said...

That does look heart stoppingly good! I must admit I've never tried chocolate cream pie and like you never thought to make it either! :)

Teanna said...

This looks like it would be the star of the party! It looks fantastic!

TeaLady said...

Don't you love it when you expect one thing and get another even better. Looks great with the choco shavings on top. Yummeee!!!

Ivy said...

Wow, it sounds divine!

Cakelaw said...

Hi Leslie, I was very surprised - the cream really did help to smooth the flavours out.

LOL Pinkstripes - you will have to make it again.

Heather, it is very rich but amazing.

Hi Caitlin, we sure had fun!

Thanks Mike - it was a hit.

Hi Lorelei, sharing the love is great, isn't it?

Thanks Mary

Hi Clivia, I shared a slice with a buddy - so much food, so little time.

Hi Astrid, if you love your chocolate, this one is for you.

Love your hazelnut creamer idea Tanya.

Glad you liked it Chris - I think this is one pie that does well just as is without substitutions or omissions.

Kimberley, I am with you on that!

Oh Duckie, I wish you could too.

LOL Kayte - at leats there was no worrying about hwat to do with the leftovers.

Thanks Tammy

Hi Pamela, I think I would steal the pastry cream recipe to use in other things as well - I loved it.

Hi Big Boys, a heavenly half hour or so flicking through food blogs sounds good to me.

Hi Lorraine, the only disclaimer is that it is RICH!

Thanks Teanna :)

Hi Tealady, so agreed.

Thanks Ivy

Maria@TheGourmetChallenge said...

oh yum, looks delicious

The Caked Crusader said...

mmmmmm....incredibly rich....music to my ears (and stomach!)

Cakelaw said...

Thanks Maria - it was, but it is very rich!!

LOL Crusader - this one is definitely in that category - but also is very smooth.