Chocolate Cream Pie and a Video Tutorial on How to Make Pie Crust

You guys! I was in a movie. Well not really a movie, more of a short video. And it wasn't anything fancy. I plopped my DSLR on a tripod and recorded myself. Quickly losing the glamor isn't it?

 I have had many many many fans email or comment saying they are afraid of tackling pie crust on their own. I've written many blog posts about how simple it is, and with a little practice, hand made pie crust is the best!

To show them how simple it truly is, I made a video. In 10 minutes, I whip up a double pie crust. A double pie crust can either make one double crusted fruit pie or perhaps two custard or cream pies. Now this video is a hot mess. Not only do I say SO.... and UMMMM 89419823759812749587 times. My dog interrupts us a couple of times. Then bumps the camera while I am talking and cuts me out of the picture. I was going to edit the video and cut it down a tad, but then I figured... leave it be. People can see what real life is like. And for the record this 10 minute video took about an hour to shoot. I want to thank my son Chase for having so much patience and for all the help!

So here it is.... a little homemade video on how to make homemade pie crust.

Chocolate Cream Pie


  • 1 1/4 cups all purpose flour (+ additional for rolling)
  • 1/2 cup cold unsalted butter
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tbs granulated sugar
  • 2-4 tbs cold butter milk

  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 3 tbs cornstarch
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup half and half
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 tbs espresso powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tbs vanilla extract
  • 2 cup fresh whipped cream
  • Chocolate shavings for garnish

  1. To prepare crust, add flour, salt, and sugar into a large bowl. Toss with a fork.
  2. Cut butter into small cubes.
  3. Place butter into the bowl with your flour, give the cubes a toss so they are all evenly coated in flour.
  4. Then begin to "cut" the butter into your flour using your fingers. Work the butter into thin disks and small pieces. 
  5. Once all the cubes are worked into the flour. Slowly pour buttermilk into the mixture. Start with 2 tbs and if dough appears too dry add a bit more. Careful not to make the dough too wet. 
  6. When the dough appears shaggy, give it a few kneads so it comes together. 
  7. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and form a disk. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  8. Once dough has chilled. Roll out on a lightly floured surface into a 13 inch circle and about 1/8 of an inch thick.
  9. Place dough into the bottom of a 9 inch pie plate. Crimp edges as desired. 
  10. Pierce dough lightly with a fork all around the sides and bottom. Place in the freezer for about 20 minutes. 
  11. Meanwhile preheat oven to 415. 
  12. Spray the bottom of a pieces of tinfoil or parchment paper with baking spray.
  13. Place the piece on the inside of the crust. Making sure it goes all the way up the sides of your crust.
  14. Fill crust with dried beans or pie weights. 
  15. Bake for about 15 minutes or until crust has cooked through and evenly browned. 
  16. If the crust appears to not be as cooked or browned on the bottom. Remove weights from the crust and return to the oven until it is evenly browned.
  17. Allow crust to cool completely
  18. To prepare your chocolate filling, in a mixing bowl whisk eggs, egg yolk, sugar, brown sugar  coco powder, espresso powder,  corn starch and salt together.  
  19. Slowly pour in milk and half and half while constantly whisking. 
  20. Once everything is smooth and lump free. Pour into a medium sauce pan over medium/low heat.
  21. Constantly whisk the pudding mixture until it comes to a low boil.
  22. Remove from heat and pour into your cooled pie crust. 
  23. Place pie in the refrigerator for about 3 hours or until pudding has cooled and has set. 
  24. Top with whipped cream and optional chocolate shavings and serve!
Also be sure to check out the pies my friends are making for #PieWeek

Monday 11/18
Kirsten / Comfortably Domestic – Mile High Apple Pie
Katie / The Hill Country Cook – New Mexico Apple Pie
Anne / From My Sweet Heart – Cranberry Cherry Ricotta Pie
Haley / The Girlie Girl Cooks – Coconut Cream Pie
Tuesday 11/19
Jeanne / Inside NanaBread’s Head – Black and White Coconut Tart
Mads / La Petite Pancake – Pineapple Pie
Monica / The Grommom – Papaya Pie
Wednesday 11/20
Carrie / Bakeaholic Mama – Chocolate Cream Pie
Kat / Tenaciously Yours – Grandma’s Chocolate Pie
Kirsten / Comfortably Domestic – Maple Sweet Potato Pie with Toasted Swiss Meringue
Thursday 11/21
Shanna / Pineapple Coconut – Boozy Pumpkin Egg Nog Pie
Carrie / Bakeaholic Mama – Sweet Potato Tartlets
Christina / Buffy and George – Deep Dish Apple Pie
Friday 11/22
Madeline / Munchin in the Mitten – Sweet Potato Pie
Saturday 11/23
Megan / Country Cleaver - Biscoff Pie with Whiskey Mallow Fluff
Kirsten / Comfortably Domestic – Very Berry Cherry Pie



    1. Awesome!! You guys were great but the dog just made me crack up :)

      1. She was so nosy! She had to see what we were doing ;)

      2. Shame the dog moved the camera but luckily not too far...otherwise it was a great movie and I was pleased to "meet you" and see who's behind the bakeholicmama! Best wishes from Prague, Czech Republic, Hana xxx

    2. Yep, the dog stole the show -- although I'm proud of you for not editing out the nose-picking. :-)

      1. I figured it's real life haha. That and his little striptease. Had to show his belly...

    3. LOVING the Real Life video! My boys were watching with me and have decided that "we should go visit her soon." Son #4 also proclaimed that since he is also four, that he can make pie crust, too. Just look what you started. ;)

      P.S. Your tatt looks awesome!

      1. Thanks Kirsten! Two other friends and I decided that we want to all do baking with our kids video around the holidays. A virtual play date of sorts. You should so get in on it with us.

    4. Chocolate cream pie is one of my favourites. Well mainly because it contains chocolate!

    5. Girl, you're famous! I have no doubt that this pie will quickly become famous too. Love it. Wanna make it.

      1. Chase keeps telling us all he is famous now! Haha.

    6. I want to dive head first into this pie.

      1. Go ahead Mama... you just had a baby. You earned it!

    7. Aww love the new video!!! I can't wait for more. Plus, this pie rocks!

    8. That is one gorgeous flaky crust! I loved your made me smile to see your son and pup helping you out! Gorgeous pie!

    9. I love your video - your helper was awesome too...I love his feedback and when he didn't want to let Sydney out because you'd "have to start over" priceless! Your crust looks amazing and you and your sweet boy are adorable! I'll be back and I'm hoping for your own Food Network cooking show by 2015! ;)

    10. PS - Come enter some of my holiday gift guides - lots of good stuff there!

    11. This pie is gorgeous! Thanks for taking the time to put together a tutorial. I'm sure it will come in handy :)

    12. Carrie, you are a total natural! The video was hysterical and so fun! And this pie, I want eighteen slices, pa-lease!

    13. so much fun!! I love it all. That pie looks amazing and you are so much fun to watch. Thank you!…and aloha

    14. Loved the video, Carrie! You and your son totally rocked it! The crust (and the filling) look spectacular!

    15. This was great!! My favorite part (aside from the dog video-bomb and the striptease and the nose picking) was your strategic choice to wear a white tshirt, thus making it look like you were able to make the whole thing without getting flour on yourself!

      Oh wait...that's just me that can't make a pie crust without getting it on myself? DANG.

    16. Aw you're adorable in front of the camera. Thanks for the tip on substituting water for buttermilk. I'm going to have to give that a try some time!

    17. I absolutely LOVED this video, what an adorable little helper you had

    18. I loved the realness of your video! Bravo! Great teaching lesson, and love your little noodle, he's so helpful! :)

    19. This video is great! I loved your son's comments and questions - he's adorable. I've never tried buttermilk in my pie crust before, I will have to try this next time!

    20. How cute are you?! Love the video, great job

    21. Love the video Carrie!! That kid of yours was born to make PIE!!

    22. I LOVE the video, Carrie! First, it's super cool to see you and hear you talk. I've been reading your blog so long that it's awesome to see you in action. Second, your son is absolutely adorable! Girl, that crust on your chocolate cream pie is out of control - it's ridiculously flaky! I hope someday mine will look like that.

    23. Love the video!! This pie looks lovely, I am sure it tastes amazing :) your blog really has my sweet tooth aching!

    24. Thanks so much for this tutorial! My filling came out phenomenal but my crusts need some work I think! Lol. Btw, when do you add the cocoa powder and vanilla? I added before stirring the eggs, yolk, sugars and corn starch. Was that right? Lol. Can't wait to eat them tomorrow! Thanks again, your video was awesome and I had my 3 year old watch it with me so she could "help" too ;-)

      1. Hi Jess, Yes you did it correctly! Sorry for any confusion in the directions. I just edited them to include that step.

    25. In you video you state you use 1 cup of butter but in your recipe you show 1/4 cup. Do I use 1 cup?

      1. Hi Linda, There was a typo it is 1/2 cup of butter. In that video I was making a double pie crust which requires 1 cup of butter. This pie calls for a single pie crust which is only 1/2.