Master Class: Mexican Hot Chocolate Pie
by Thomas Kelly on Nov 19, 2015
Earlier this week, we shared our recipe for Mexican Hot Chocolate, and in the process of testing and drinking a few glasses, we decided we loved the flavors so much that we’d apply them to a pie (it is the week before Thanksgiving, after all).
This recipe is built off of a chocolate pie recipe from an old community cookbook we found in Texas. We love it for its ease (it’s a dump-and-stir deal), and consistent results. We kicked it up with the addition of chilies, vanilla and cinnamon, and a cornmeal crust that adds texture while giving a nod to the importance of cornmeal in Mexican cooking.
Yield: 1 8-inch pie
- For the crust:
- 1 ¼ cups all purpose flour
- ¼ cup cornmeal
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ cup (1 stick) cold butter, cut into cubes
- Ice water
For the filling:
- ¼ cup (½ stick) butter
- 1 ounce 70% (or higher) chocolate, roughly chopped
- 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
- ¼ cup cornstarch
- 1 cup sugar
- 3 egg yolks
- 2 cups whole milk
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon chili powder (
- Whipped cream, for serving
In a food processor, combine the flour, cornmeal, sugar, and salt. Add the butter and pulse until the mixture looks pebbly and forms pea-size clumps. Add cold water by the tablespoon-ful, pulsing between each addition, until the mixture holds together when pressed between your fingertips (it should take approximately 3 to 4 tablespoons of water to reach this point).
Dump out the contents on a clean work surface and press the dough together to form a ball. Flatten into a disc and wrap in plastic. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 350°. On a floured surface, roll the dough out into a 12 inch circle. Transfer to an 8-inch pie tin and trim back the overhang to ½ inch. Fold the overhang under to form a nice edge and crimp. Dock the dough generously with a fork and transfer to the oven; bake until the crust is a nice golden brown, 30 to 40 minutes. Let cool.
In a large saucepan over medium-low heat, melt the butter and chocolate. Add the remaining ingredients and increase the heat to medium. Cook, whisking constantly, until the mixture thickens to a pudding consistency, about 10 minutes. Pour into the cooled crust. Press a piece of plastic wrap over the surface of the pudding to keep a film from forming, and let cool completely. Serve with a dollop of whipped cream and a light dusting of cinnamon.