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Who can resist a classic pudding pie's creamy, chocolaty goodness?

Prep time:
Prep: 15 minutes, Refrigerate: 2 hours
Cook time:
Bake: 8 minutes, Cook: 5 minutes
Photo of Mile-high Chocolate Pudding Pie

Recipe by Dairy Farmers of Canada - Milk Calendar 2018


  • oven
  • medium saucepan
  • stove
  • shallow glass pie plate
  • whisk
  • spoon


  • CRUST:
  • 1/3 cup (75 mL) unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 cups (375 mL) chocolate cookie or graham wafer crumbs
  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) cornstarch
  • 1/4 Tsp ( 1 mL) salt
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 1/2 cups (625 mL) milk
  • 3/4 cup (175 mL) finely chopped bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, about 3 oz (90 g)
  • 2 Tbsp (30 mL) unsalted butter
  • 1 Tbsp (15 mL) vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups (375 mL) 35% cream
  • 2 Tbsp (30 mL) granulated sugar
  • 1 Tsp (5 mL) vanilla
  • coarsely grated chocolate (optional)

Variation: For a fancier version of this pie, use a 9-inch (23 cm) fluted tart pan with removable bottom. Garnish with gooseberries, cherries and chocolate curls. 


Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C).

Crust: Melt butter in a medium saucepan set over medium-low heat. Remove from heat; stir in crumbs. Turn into a 9-inch (23 cm) shallow glass pie plate. Press evenly up sides and on the bottom of pie plate. Bake for 8 minutes in centre of preheated oven until set.

Filling: In a medium saucepan, whisk cocoa with sugar, cornstarch and salt. Whisk in an egg as best as you can; add milk. Continue to whisk until smooth and no lumps remain. Set over medium heat. Stirring continuously, bring to a boil, about 3 to 5 minutes. The filling will thicken and bubble. Reduce heat to low; simmer gently and stir for 1 minute.

Add chocolate and butter. Stir until melted. Stir in vanilla. Turn into slightly cooled pie shell.

Refrigerate for 2 hours or until cold and set.

Topping: Beat cream with sugar and vanilla until stiff peaks form. Spoon onto chilled pie. Swirl. Grate chocolate over the top if using. Refrigerate until ready to eat.. Best eaten within a day of making. 

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