Chocolate Cream Brownie Pie

I’m drowning my sorrows in pie this week. My best friend is moving away tomorrow. I wish I could say this was the first time this has happened but it seems like my friends leave me every couple of years. Florida is a pretty transient area because of all of the coast guard, dental students, and FBI families in the area. But knowing that still doesn’t make it any easier.

I’m bummed to say the least. My park, gym, and Chick Fil-A buddy is gone. We’ve been dealing with it in the healthiest of ways of course by just pretending that it’s not happening. True connections are hard to find and once you’ve found a good friend, you don’t want to let them go.

Have you ever had a good friend leave?

This pie comes from one of my other good friends, Kendee. She actually lives in Florida but unfortunately not close enough to make impromptu play dates feasible. I wish she lived closer! She came up with this pie after craving one like it from Frontier Pies. The fudgy brownie layer topped with creamy chocolate and freshed whipped cream is to die for.  I’m actually not usually one for chocolate pie but let’s just say my husband and I killed this in a day.

Don’t worry I’ll be a the gym tomorrow. Alone. Without my best friend.

I know the chocolate looks almost runny here but it actually firms up nicely in the fridge. It just happens to be unbelievably still hot here and I was taking pictures outside. This recipe makes two pies so you can keep one and give one to a friend. Or just eat two. It is possible to half the recipe but it requires halving a brownie mix and some egg yolks which gets tricky.

In each pie start with a brownie layer. I used a Betty Crocker Triple Chunk mix for extra chocolate decadence.

Here’s the brownie once it’s baked and the center is set.Next, add your layer of Chocolate Cream.And finally add some fresh whipped cream.

Chocolate Cream Brownie Pie

Yield: Makes 2 pies

Ingredients

  • 2 (9" deep dish) pie crusts, unbaked
  • 1 (18-20 ounce) brownie mix, and ingredients called for on the package
  • 1 recipe Chocolate Cream (recipe below)
  • 2 cups whipped cream
  • chocolate shavings
  • Chocolate Cream:
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 1/3 cups semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 3 large egg yolks
  • 1 cup heavy cream, divided
  • 2 cups milk (not skim)

Instructions

    For the Brownies:
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Using a fork, prick the pie crust. Make your brownie batter according to the package directions. Split brownie batter evenly between the two pies.
  2. Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until crust is golden brown and center of brownie is set. You may want to cover the pies with foil after 15 to 20 minutes to prevent crust from burning. Cool completely.
  3. While your brownies are baking, begin the chocolate cream.
  4. For the Chocolate Cream:
  5. Place the chopped chocolate, butter, and vanilla extract in a 2-quart mixing bowl; set aside.
  6. In a medium saucepan away from heat, whisk together the sugar, cornstarch, cocoa and salt. Whisk in 1/4 cup of cold heavy cream until the mixture is smooth, with no lumps. Repeat with another 1/4 cup of the cream. Whisk in the egg yolks.
  7. Place the saucepan over medium heat, and gradually whisk in the remaining cream and milk.
  8. Bring to a boil, whisking constantly as the mixture thickens; boil for one minute. It will turn from runny to thick quickly so keep your eye on it. If you don't make sure it thickens, your mixture will not set up when it cools.
  9. Remove the pan from the heat and pour the mixture over the reserved chocolate and butter.
  10. Whisk until the chocolate is melted and the mixture is smooth.
  11. Pass the filling through a strainer into a bowl to remove any lumps.
  12. Place plastic wrap or buttered parchment paper on the surface to prevent a skin from forming, and chill thoroughly.
  13. Once brownie-crust and chocolate cream are cooled, divide the chocolate cream evenly between the two pies.
  14. Top with whipped cream and chocolate shavings. Chill until serving. If making ahead don't top with whipped cream until right before serving.

Notes

Source: Pie from Pimp My Dinner; chocolate cream from King Arther Flour.

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  1. yep. feel your pain. seems like the good ones always move away….

  2. I sooo feel ya! This kind of amazingly delicious pie is exactly how I would find solace!!!

  3. I’m so sad for you and your friend. It seems like I’m always the one moving away, to a new, foreign place, and of course, w/out my best friend. :( Hang in there, girlie!

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  6. I’m a military wife, so it seems like I am always either leaving, or having an awesome friend leave me. I live in Virginia now, and my two best friends live in Washington and Mississippi!! It’s so hard, and sometimes the finding new friends part is even harder. I hope the pie helps you feel at least a little better!

  7. try not to be sad, i can only send you a hug…
    the cake looks delicious!!!

  8. This looks awesome and delicious!
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  9. Thanks for the recipe! Sorry you’re friend moved away, that really stinks.

  10. I have a couple of really close friends that live in different cities/states than I. But we are such good friends and every time we do get to see each other it is like no one ever moved away! BTW this pie looks insanely rich and delicious!

  11. As a Navy Wife, I feel like I’m always the one having to say goodbye as I pack up and move hundreds of miles away. We just got stationed back in my hometown (Groton, CT) for two years, and while I’m loving every minute of it, the countdown has already begun…in 21 short months I’ll have to say goodbye once again to all my family and friends. So sorry your best bud is moving, but I gotta say, I love how you drown your sorrows. Can’t wait to try this :)

  12. Do you think this would freeze/dethaw well? Any recommendations? I would like to make this today for Thanksgiving.

  13. What if I don’t have a deep dish pie plate.?

    • This recipe makes 2 deep dish pies but if you’re making two regular just don’t quite put all of the layers in. You may have to discard some of it. Or eat it…lol.

  14. Oh yeah, I’m an Army wife. The longest we’ve stayed in one duty-station was 3 years. Typically we move every 2 years. It sucks! I think I’m going to ask for this pie for my birthday, or make it now. Looks good!

  15. This looked so amazing that I made it for our Thanksgiving dessert! It was a hit. Love your site!

  16. I feel your pain, but in my case I am the FBI family that left my best friend, my scrapping, laughing, go to gal behind and I am missing her terribly. We moved just a few months ago and I think we both are still living in denial and pretending its temporary, though it is getting harder to ignore. Hang in there.

  17. I’ve been reading your blog for years and loved many of your recipes, but I don’t think I’ve ever commented before. Plus I’m a Mesa girl like you. And I did a short stint in Florida, where I met my best friend/girl-soulmate. We were gym, baking, and Chik-Fil-A buddies too, even though we were together for less than a year. And then of course we moved back home. But luckily her family moved to Utah a year later and now I get to see her at least twice a year and we talk several times a week. But when we moved I wasn’t sure our short in-person friendship would warrant a long-term relationship. I felt stupid at first, but I just kept calling her and making sure we stayed friends. Now 6 years later I can’t live without her. So don’t give up on your friend just because you can’t eat awesome chicken nuggets together – call her every time you go!

    • Tara,
      You made me laugh. Sometimes it does take some effort to keep those relationships going. I give up too easily but you’ve inspired me not to.

  18. I completely understand you pain in your friend moving away. I moved around a lot because of my dad’s job. This pie looks absolutely delicious. Perfect for drowning in sorrows. I just had a question, is the pie crust and brownie suppose to go in the fridge to chill before putting the topping on or can it just be set out to cool after baking?

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  20. Beverly in Mississippi says:

    Thanks for the great sounding pie recipe. I can’t wait to try it.
    It is very helpful to see your great pictures. Keep up the good work!

  21. Hi Christy-

    Just wanted to let you know I tried this and it was AWESOME!!!! I have the same setup as you (3 boys then 2 girls) but mine range from 16-5yrs. As you know, I’m sure, finding a recipe to please 7 is a task. This disappeared that night (BOTH pies). Will have to double next time! Thanks! (I also made the creamy enchiladas and crock pot ribs this week- both winners!) I’ve been following you for about 5 yrs and you always have the best recipes and stories!

    • Christy {The Girl Who Ate Everything} says:

      Hilary,
      Thank you so much. So you are pretty much my twin. Tell me it gets easier with the kids — haha. It’s so hard to please them all. Thank you so much for following and for your kind words. It means a lot. Christy

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