Black Bottom Pie

Mark Boughton Photography / styling by Teresa Blackburn
  • Yield: 8 servings


1 1/3cups graham cracker crumbs
2tablespoons sugar
1/3cup melted butter
1cup sugar
1/4cup cornstarch
2 eggs
1 egg yolk
2 1/2cups 2% reduced-fat milk, divided
1 1/2teaspoons vanilla extract
1cup semisweet chocolate chips
2/3cup heavy cream
2tablespoons powdered sugar
1tablespoon dark rum
1ounce semisweet chocolate, shaved


  1. For crust, heat oven to 375F. In a large bowl combine cracker crumbs, sugar and butter. Press on bottom and sides of a 9-inch pie plate. Bake 8 minutes or until edge is golden brown. Cool on wire rack.
  2. For filling, in a large bowl combine sugar and cornstarch; stir with a whisk. Add eggs, egg yolk and about 3/4 cup milk; whisk to combine.
  3. In a medium saucepan, heat remaining 1 3/4 cups milk until hot; gradually whisk into egg mixture. Pour mixture back into pan; cook over medium heat, stirring with a wooden spoon, until thick and bubbly. Turn to very low heat; cook and stir 1 minute. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.
  4. For the vanilla custard, pour about half of the custard into a bowl and press plastic wrap on surface.
  5. For the chocolate custard, add chocolate to remaining custard in pan and whisk until smooth. Pour into pie shell and press plastic wrap onto surface. Chill both custards 3 hours or until cold.
  6. Beat cream until soft peaks form. Add powdered sugar and rum and beat until stiff (almost instantly). Whisk vanilla custard and fold in whipped cream. Spread on top of the chocolate layer. Sprinkle shaved semisweet chocolate ribbons over top of pie. Chill 2 hours or until firm enough to cut. Serves 8.


Nutritional Info *per serving

  • Calories 470
  • Fat 16
  • Sodium 150mg
  • Carbohydrate 57g
  • Fiber 2g
  • Protein 7g