Chocolate Cream Pie with Cinnamon & Ancho Chile

by Kathy Strahs on June 9, 2011 · 12 comments

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In my seventh grade home ec class, circa 1987, we churned out such memorable delicacies as turkey tetrazzini, purple cows (that would be a tall glass of Shasta grape soda with a scoop of vanilla ice cream dropped in) and hamburger macaroni. But my favorite of them all was chocolate pudding pie. It called for three ingredients: instant chocolate Jell-o pudding, a pre-made graham cracker crust and Cool Whip. I thought this was heaven.

In 2011, Chocolate Cream Pie with Cinnamon and Ancho Chile is way more my style.

I’m not so much of a food snob now that I’d necessarily run away from instant chocolate pudding…but homemade chocolate pudding slowly stirred on the stove with Scharffen Berger chocolate stops me in my tracks. Sure, I’ll bake pies with a store-bought pie crust every now and then…but a freshly baked graham cracker crust gently spiced with ancho chile powder and cinnamon is a thing of beauty. If a recipe insists on “frozen whipped topping” I’ll probably just go with it…but I’ll leave not a drop of vanilla-scented freshly whipped cream on my spoon.

This is the kind of dessert that, with its pillowy, mousse-like filling, “tastes light” even though you know it’s oh-so-decadent. But I made it for a very special occasion – my husband’s birthday – so it was well worth the indulgence. :-)

Chocolate Cream Pie with Cinnamon & Ancho Chile

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Jersey Girl Cooks June 9, 2011 at 10:03 PM

This was so good and yours look delicious!

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Marla June 10, 2011 at 4:41 AM

“Pillowy mousse like filling” with ancho chile?? I am sold – this chocolate cream pie would be great at summer parties.

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Amber | Bluebonnets & Brownies June 10, 2011 at 4:43 AM

I adore Scharffen Berger more than words can say. Your pie is beautiful! I just happen to have some Scharffen Berger kicking around in my baking cupboard. I think it’s chocolate pie for the weekend. :)
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Colleen June 10, 2011 at 7:43 AM

Ha, my husband didn’t get such a fabulously delicious treat for HIS birthday. Poor thing, I think he’s planning a trip to California for next year!

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thatshowiroll June 10, 2011 at 7:45 AM

This recipe is divine! Love the creamy chocolatey filling and the crust with pecans. It is a stumble no doubt ;)
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Mindy June 10, 2011 at 7:54 AM

Delicious! This will definitely go into my to-make file!
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shelly (cookies and cups) June 11, 2011 at 9:42 AM

Wow!! This has all the makings of a perfect pie!!
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La Phemme Phoodie June 11, 2011 at 10:44 AM

You had me at “pillowy, mousse-like filling.” There are several birthdays coming up in my family. I bet they would love to try this.
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Mackenzie@The Caramel Cookie June 17, 2011 at 9:10 AM

A purple cow?! Never heard of it but I LOVE grape soda and it sounds wonderful :). And happy b-day to your husband!

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Dan July 4, 2011 at 5:50 PM

Looks excellent – I’ve noticed a trend of recipes using chocolate and hot spices. Looks awesome.

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Megan's Cookin' August 10, 2011 at 8:59 AM

I’ve made cakes and truffles with a peppers and cinnamon combo but never thought of a pie. Looks terrific!

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