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Chocolate Cream Filling

Prep time 15 mins
Cook time 8 mins
Chill time 1 hr
Yield Makes about 2 1/2 cups
Make a rich chocolate cream filling for pies or tarts using milk, eggs, cornstarch and semisweet chocolate.  For added flavor you can stir in bourbon or rum. 


  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 4 large egg yolks, at room temperature*
  • 1/4 cup plus 1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons plus 1/2 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 6 ounces semisweet chocolate, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons butter, at room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons bourbon or dark rum (optional)

How to Make It

  1. Heat milk in a heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium heat until just under a boil. Remove from heat. Whisk together egg yolks and next 3 ingredients in a stainless steel bowl. Whisk a small amount of hot milk into yolk mixture to temper. Whisk yolk mixture into remaining hot milk in saucepan.

  2. Cook over medium-low heat, whisking slowly, 7 minutes or until mixture thickens and starts to bubble. Remove from heat, and stir in chopped chocolate, softened butter, and, if desired, bourbon.

  3. Place plastic wrap on surface to prevent skin formation. Chill over an ice bath until completely cool. Filling may be chilled up to 2 days before using.

  4. *To bring eggs to room temperature safely, remove from refrigerator, and place in a bowl for 30 minutes.