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Ground red pepper adds a subtle but distinct kick to the pie, while instant espresso powder intensifies the flavor. Omit either or both if you prefer a standard chocolate cream pie.

Recipe by Cooking Light October 2013

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Credit: Raymond Hom; Styling: Pamela Duncan Silver

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hands-on:
35 mins
total:
4 hrs
Yield:
8 servings (serving size: 1 slice)
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 375°.

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  • To prepare the crust, reserve 1 tablespoon crumbs for topping. Combine the remaining crumbs, 2 tablespoons sugar, cinnamon, and 1/8 teaspoon salt in a bowl, stirring well. Stir in egg white and butter. Press crumb mixture into bottom and up sides of a 9-inch pie plate coated with cooking spray. Bake at 375° for 9 minutes or until lightly toasted; cool completely on a wire rack.

  • To prepare filling, combine 1/2 cup sugar and the next 7 ingredients (through egg yolk) in a bowl, stirring well with a whisk. Place milk in a medium, heavy saucepan over medium-high heat; cook until milk reaches 180° or until tiny bubbles form around edge (do not boil). Gradually add hot milk to egg mixture, stirring constantly with a whisk. Return milk mixture to pan; cook over medium heat 10 minutes or until thick and bubbly, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Add chocolate; stir until smooth.

  • Place pan in a large ice-filled bowl for 10 minutes or until mixture cools, stirring occasionally. Spoon filling into crust, and cover surface of filling with plastic wrap. Chill 3 hours or until set; remove plastic wrap. Spread whipped topping over pie; sprinkle with reserved cracker crumbs.

Nutrition Facts

278 calories; fat 10.3g; saturated fat 5.8g; mono fat 2.8g; poly fat 1g; protein 5g; carbohydrates 42.1g; fiber 1.3g; cholesterol 57mg; iron 1.5mg; sodium 231mg; calcium 81mg.
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