It’s been rumored that you cannot make your own Cream Pie recipes ahead of time and freeze them because they will become watery and separate. This is not entirely true. Here is our tried and true recipe and follow up directions to show you HOW to properly make your own Make-Ahead Chocolate Cream Pie.
- 1 1/2 c. Sugar
- 1/3 c. Cornstarch
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 3 c. Cold Milk
- 2 oz Unsweetened Chocolate (chopped up)
- 4 egg yolks, lightly beaten
- 2 T. butter, room temperature
- 2 tsp Vanilla
Mix sugar, cornstarch and salt in a heavy 2 qt saucepan, stirring well, add in cold milk, whisking continually over medium heat.
Add 2 oz chopped up unsweetened chocolate.
Continue cooking over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture comes to a rolling boil. Boil for exactly 1 minute.
Remove from heat, pour approximately half of the mixture in the beaten eggs, mixing (fast!) and thoroughly. (This process is called Tempering) Pour the tempered egg/mix back into the saucepan.
Boil and stir 1 full minute.
Remove from Heat, stir in butter and vanilla, mixing well.
Place on a cooling rack for 16-18 minutes. Do NOT cool for too long as a film will form on the top of the filling.
Carefully spoon into a vacuum seal bag. (It’s quite helpful to fold down the top of the bag to prevent a mess from getting on the edge of the bag, preventing a good seal.)
Vacuum Seal the Warm Filling, try to remove as many air bubbles as possible. Label & Toss it into the freezer.
To Use the filling, Remove it from the Freezer and place in the refrigerator. DO Not attempt to thaw this on the countertop- for several reasons- it contains milk, butter and eggs (which can spoil), thawing on the counter will cause the filling to separate.
Thaw in the fridge
One full size package of pie filling takes approximately 6 hours to thaw completely. Of course, this is entirely dependent on the temperature of your fridge!
Prepare your favorite pie shell (prepared pastry shell, phyllo shell, or crumb crust, as desired. Gently knead the sealed bag for a moment, Cut off the corner of the bag and pipe into the pie shell.
Smooth the top, Add Fresh Whipped Cream! Garnish with Chocolate curls, if desired.