Yesterday was the first time I tried both of these recipes. I ended up using two heart shaped tart pans. I baked the crusts for 10 minutes, poked the bottoms with a fork and then baked for about 20 minutes more at 350 degrees. It turned out very good! The crust was actually the best tasting pie crust for sweets i've ever made. I shaved a chocolate bar on top.. here is a picture of one:
Chocolate Cream Pie
1 prebaked 9-inch pie shell (pie crust recipe follows) Filling
3/4 cup sugar
3 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 1/2 cups whole milk
4 large egg yolks
2 Tbsp unsalted butter
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
3-oz unsweetened chocolate, chopped
2 cups Whipped Cream
1/2 cup mini semisweet chocolate chips
To prepare the filling, in a medium saucepan, whisk together the sugar, cornstarch, and salt. Whisk in the milk and egg yolks until they are well combined. Place the mixture over medium heat, constantly whisking and scraping the sides of the pan.
When the cream begins to bubble and thicken, add the butter 1 Tbsp at a time. When all of the butter is mixed in, add the vanilla. Finally, add the chocolate a little at a time, giving each addition of chocolate the chance to melt into the filling before adding more. Keep the mixture over the heat until the chocolate is smoothly melted and the cream thickens.
Pour the chocolate filling into the pie shell. Cover the pie with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator to cool for at least 1 hour before serving. When ready to serve, remove the pie from the refrigerator and remove the plastic wrap. Using a pastry bag, distribute the whipped cream decoratively across the top of the pie. If you choose, use an offset spatula to create a more finished look. Sprinkle mini chocolate chips over the whipped Cream. Chocolate cream pie should be served cold. It can be stored in the refrigerator.
Best Basic Pie Crust Dough
2 1/2 cups flour
1 tablespoon sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
7 tablespoons very cold butter, cut into small pieces
7 tablespoons very cold shortening, cut into pieces
Mix flour, sugar, and salt in a large bowl. Drop in butter and shortening. Using your hands, a fork, a pastry cutter, or two knives, work butter and shortening into the flour mixture until it resembles cornmeal with some small pea-size pieces.
Using a fork, quickly stir in 1/2 cup ice water (mixture will not hold together). Turn dough and crumbs onto a clean surface. Knead just until dough starts to hold together but some bits still fall away, 5 to 10 times. Divide dough in half and pat each half into a 6-in. disk. Wrap each disk in plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 20 minutes and up to overnight.
Keep the dough cold and the butter chunky. For a flaky crust, keep the butter from melting into the dough before baking. Why? Those bits of butter, which should be roughly pea-size, are meant to melt in the oven, giving off steam that creates flaky pockets. If the dough seems to be softening too much as you're working with it, throw it in the refrigerator for 15 minutes. As you roll out the dough, you should see veins of butter running through it. Roll out from the center. It's much easier to roll dough into a circle if you work from the center out to the edge in all directions. Don't overdo it. Overworking the dough and using too much flour can make pie crust tough and dry. Try to keep a light hand with both, rolling just enough to reach your desired size and using only enough flour to keep the dough from sticking to the counter. Crimp the edges. Crimping or fluting the edges of a double-crust pie seals the dough and keeps the filling from leaking out during baking. Even on a single-crust pie, crimping can create a helpful dam effect. There are many good techniques, but our favorite is to pinch the dough around the index finger of one hand using the thumb and forefinger of the other. YIELD: Makes 1 double crust for a 9-in. pie (or 2 single-crust 9-in. pies)