• 1 prebaked 9-inch pie shell
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 3/4 teaspoon chocolate extract (optional, but good!)
  • 3 oz unsweetened chocolate, chopped
  • 1 to 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 2 to 4 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • Chocolate chips or chocolate shavings for garnish
  1. Off heat, whisk the sugar, cornstarch, and salt together in a medium size saucepan.
  2. Whisk in the milk and egg yolks. Place the mixture over medium heat, constantly whisking and scraping the sides of the pan until the mixture begins to bubble and thicken.
  3. Add the butter 1 tablespoon at a time. When all of the butter is mixed in, add the vanilla and chocolate extract (if using). Add the chocolate a little at a time, giving each addition of chocolate the chance to melt into the filling before adding more. Keep the mixture over the heat until the chocolate is smoothly melted and the cream thickens.
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