This New Orleans-style chocolate-pecan pie should be made a day ahead to enjoy well chilled with vanilla whipped cream.


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Recipe Summary

30 mins
2 hrs 30 mins


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Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a food processor, grind wafers and pecans until fine crumbs form. Add melted butter; process until moistened. Transfer mixture to a 9-inch pie plate; press into bottom and up sides (use the base of a dry measuring cup to help). Bake until fragrant, 8 to 10 minutes; let cool.

  • Place a large fine-mesh sieve over a medium bowl; set aside. In a medium saucepan, off heat, whisk together 2/3 cup sugar, cocoa powder, cornstarch, and salt. A few tablespoons at a time, whisk in milk, being sure to incorporate the cornstarch. Whisk in egg yolks.

  • Over medium heat, whisking constantly, cook mixture until the first large sputtering bubble forms. Reduce heat to low; continuing to whisk constantly, cook 1 minute. Remove from heat; immediately pour through sieve into bowl. Stir in teaspoon vanilla and 2 tablespoons cold butter.

  • Pour pudding into crust. Place plastic wrap directly on surface (to prevent skin from forming); chill at least 2 hours and up to 1 day. Just before serving, beat cream, remaining teaspoon sugar, and remaining teaspoon vanilla until soft peaks form. Spread whipped cream over pudding, and sprinkle with pecans.

Reviews (2)

44 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 10
  • 4 star values: 10
  • 3 star values: 10
  • 2 star values: 8
  • 1 star values: 6
Rating: 1 stars
I tried this recipe from her book. The only difference is the recipe in the book called for 6 oz. cookies which was fine. My filling did not set. It was delicious but definitely pie soup. Too bad.
Rating: 1 stars
The filling was too runny, and the crust was as hard as a brick---couldn't get a knife to cut through it. Other pies with pudding-type filling call for more cornstarch than this recipe. I believe whoever posted it either got the amount wrong or this recipe was not tested. It was a disaster, but my kids love chocolate so they got spoons and ate the filling out of the pie crust! The filling was tasty---too bad the pie was a FAIL.