a pie redemption

My favorite pie in all the land is chocolate. If I had to pick one dessert to have for the rest of my life, it would certainly be chocolate cream. It’s a paradox, because cake is favorite dessert category, but when it’s down to the wire my loyalties lie with chocolate cream pie every time.


I’ve made it enough over the past several years to really nail it every time. The texture is velvety and creamy, the flavor perfectly rich and chocolatey. The chocolate custard is sturdy enough to retain the pie-slice shape, yet easy to cut into with your fork. Over Thanksgiving we decided to make one pumpkin pie (you know, because of tradition and everything) and two chocolate pies.

I opted to make the fillings, and my mom made the crusts. Oh, I was so cocky about that chocolate custard. So cocky. And when it came time to slice in to the pies on Thanksgiving night, I was horribly let down. The chocolate cream pie was runny and too sweet. I don’t know exactly what happened (cooking in a kitchen that isn’t your own can mess with you, I think), but my favorite-ever pie was a veritable disaster.

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So when we got back into town, I made another one. I was so disappointed not only about the runny result of the Thanksgiving pie, but also becauseĀ  I wanted the chocolate pie. So I invited some friends for dinner and dessert and made another pie. And my faith in my chocolate-cream cooking skills was restored, and I ateĀ at least half of it.

What’s your favorite dessert? Would you redo it if you ruined it?

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One Comment

  1. Sonia
    Posted December 9, 2014 at 4:34 pm | Permalink

    That so happened to me at my brother’s house for Thanksgiving with a coconut cream pie. So very frustrating.

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