Strawberry Chocolate Pie
Yay, it’s strawberry season! I can’t help but buy boxes and boxes of strawberries when they’re so cheap, and I always need some way to use them up. This strawberry chocolate pie is the perfect dessert to do so.
This pie is made up of flaky pie crust, smooth chocolate pastry cream, and bright pops of fresh strawberries. It’s the perfect summer dessert, both fresh and satisfying. I think you’ll love it.
If you’d like to learn more about pie crust, I highly recommend checking out my earlier post. Note that I did halve the ingredients for pie crust below, because this strawberry chocolate pie is only a single-crust pie.
Now, I know that the recipe below might look a bit intimidating, but don’t panic. This pie would be a great Saturday project, or it would be very convenient to do over two days. Each of the components take a bit of work, but it all goes very quickly and assembly is foolproof. Bon courage and bon appetit!
For the pie crust:
- 1 1/4 cups flour
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons cold butter, cut into small slices
- 2 tablespoons cold shortening, cut into small pieces
- 2 tablespoons + 2 teaspoons cold vodka
- 2 tablespoons cold water
For the chocolate pastry cream:
- 2 1/4 cups milk
- 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
- 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
- 4 egg yolks
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 8 ounces chocolate
- 2 tablespoons butter, softened to room temperature
For the strawberry topping:
- 3 cups strawberries, tops removed and cut in half
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1/2 cup water
- 3 tablespoons cornstarch
Chocolate Pastry Cream
Let’s start by making the chocolate pastry cream. It’s not a hard process; the pastry cream just needs to chill for a few hours. Heat the milk and vanilla in a saucepan over medium heat and bring to boil. While the milk is heating, whisk together the sugar, egg and yolks, cornstarch, cocoa powder, and salt until smooth. Set aside until the milk comes to a boil.
Remove the milk from the heat once it starts to boil. Slowly drizzle about half of the hot milk into the egg mix, whisking all the while. When the mixture is shiny and the eggs have been tempered (aka, they’ve cooked and they haven’t curdled), return the egg mix back to the hot milk in the saucepan.
Heat this mixture while whisking vigorously until it starts to thicken (2-5 minutes). Once the custard has thickened, let it begin to boil. Lower the heat to low and immediately add the chocolate. Continue whisking until the chocolate has completely melted.
Remove the custard from the heat and add the butter. Whisk until fully combined.
Yay, you’re done with the pastry cream! Simply pour it into a bowl and immediately cover the entire surface with plastic wrap. Allow to cool to room temperature, and then chill in the fridge for 2-3 hours.
Next, let’s make the pie crust. Combine your flour, sugar, and salt in a large mixing bowl. Add the butter and shortening. Gently rub all ingredients together by hand until each piece of fat is covered in flour.
Add the water and vodka, mixing dough until just combined. Divine your dough in two, roll each hunk of dough into a ball, and flatten. Cover each disc of dough in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for one hour.
When your dough is done chilling, preheat the oven to 350 F and place the pie crust on a lightly floured surface. Roll into a 12-inch circle, and place gently in your 9-inch pie pan. Press your dough into the pie pan, and vent the bottom with a fork. Fold the excess dough under. Place a pie weight (or some dried beans) into the crust, and bake your crust at 350 F for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. Set the crust aside and allow to cool while you make the strawberry pie filling.
Strawberry Filling and Finishing Touches
To make the filling, combine your strawberries, sugar, and lemon juice in a saucepan over medium heat. Whisk the water and cornstarch together until the cornstarch has dissolved, and add this mix to your strawberry mixture. Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer, and allow to cook until thickened slightly. Set aside to cool.
Time for assembly! Fill your pie crust with the chocolate pastry cream, and cover with the strawberry filling. Garnish your strawberry chocolate pie with whipped cream if desired (recipe here). Enjoy!