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Chocolate Cinnamon Cream Pie

  • Active time:30 min
  • Start to finish:3 1/2 hr
November 2008
We love the cinnamon in Mexican chocolate. For this pie, we surround a smooth chocolate-pudding filling with cinnamon—a crumbly spiced graham cracker crust below and cinnamon whipped cream on top.

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For crust

  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 1/2 cups cinnamon graham cracker crumbs (from about twelve 5- by 2 1/2-inch crackers)
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

For filling

  • 6 oz fine-quality bittersweet chocolate (no more than 60% cacao if marked)
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/3 cup packed light brown sugar, divided
  • 2 whole large eggs
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 stick unsalted butter, cut into tablespoons
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

For whipped cream

  • 1 1/2 cups chilled heavy cream
  • 5 tablespoons confectioners sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

For chocolate curls

  • 1 (3- to 4-inch-thick) chunk bittersweet chocolate

Make crust:

  • Preheat oven to 350°F with rack in middle.
  • Stir together all crust ingredients. Press over bottom and up side of a 9-inch pie plate. Bake until set, 12 to 15 minutes, then cool.

Make filling:

  • Melt chocolate in a large bowl (see Tips).
  • Stir together cornstarch and 2 Tbsp brown sugar in a small bowl.
  • Whisk together whole eggs and yolks in another bowl, then whisk in cornstarch mixture.
  • Stir together milk, cream, salt, and remaining brown sugar in a heavy medium saucepan and bring just to a boil over medium heat. Pour half of milk mixture into egg mixture in a slow stream, whisking, then pour egg mixture into remaining milk mixture. Bring to a boil over medium-low heat, whisking constantly, then boil, whisking, 1 minute. Remove from heat and whisk in butter and vanilla. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve into melted chocolate and whisk to combine.
  • Transfer hot filling to crust and chill, its surface covered with parchment, until filling is cold, about 3 hours.

Make whipped cream:

  • Beat cream with confectioners sugar and cinnamon using an electric mixer until it holds stiff peaks. Spoon over chilled filling.

Make chocolate curls:

  • Hold chocolate in your hands (or microwave on low power in 10-second intervals) until surface softens slightly. Using a vegetable peeler (preferably Y-shaped), “peel” large chocolate curls onto a paper towel. If curls are too brittle or don’t form easily, rewarm chocolate just until surface softens.
  • Sprinkle curls on pie.
Cooks’ notes:
  • Crust can be baked 2 days ahead and kept, loosely covered with foil (once cool), at room temperature.
  • Pie can be chilled, loosely covered with plastic wrap (once cold), up to 1 day.
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