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To cap off a hot summer day, what could be more delicious than a cool, creamy pie? While you might not be thinking chocolate when it’s cold outside, I have to ask, why not? When would a chilly gluten free chocolate cream pie NOT be appropriate? Zig when they zag, right? Bring this gluten free, dairy free chocolate cream pie to any party and it will be the hit, I promise! Or keep it all to yourself — I’ll never tell!
To make this amazing pie, I used my homemade gluten free pie crust and baked it in advance. Hop to my tutorial on pre-baking pie shells for more information on this critical step to making the most delicious, flakey pie crust. If you’d prefer a cookie crust (pictured below), I’ve given you directions below for that too. I really can’t decide which I like better — they’re both delicious, so it’s all up to you!
And for the filling, I used dairy free, vegan product from So Delicious® and Pascha® Organic Allergen Free chocolates. Feel free to use other ingredients if you like, but I wanted you all to know that this chocolate cream pie is amazingly delicious even without the dairy! And whatever you do, don’t skimp on the chocolate you use — it’s the focus of this light and luscious pie.
Prepare and bake 1 homemade gluten free pie crust according to directions in recipe link. Bake with pie weights or dried beans for 15 minutes, then remove weights and bake another 10-15 minutes, according to recipe. Remove and set aside to cool.
OR, if making a cookie crust, have ready a 10 - 11 inch tart pan with removable bottom or 10 inch pie pan.
Be sure your cookies are crispy before trying to crush them into crumbs. If fresh baked, take several cookies at a time and place them in the freezer for 5-10 minutes (unwrapped). This will harden and dry them, making them easier to crush into crumbs.
To make the crust, process in a food processor or use a gallon size zip-top bag (freezer bags are stronger) and fill it with approximately 2 1/2 - 3 cups of chocolate chip cookies. Remove the air from the bag and seal, then begin rolling over the cookies with a rolling pin, crushing the cookies to a very small crumb size -- if the cookies aren't crushed quite finely, the crust will fall apart when cut.
To make the crumbs even more chocolately, add some extra chocolate chips to the food processor -- the top layer of crumbs shown has chocolate chips added.
Once uniformly crushed, measure out to be sure you have enough crumbs – repeat if you need more crumbs. Note: this step is even easier using a food processor instead! If you want your crust to be extra chocolatey, add 1/3 cup chocolate chips to the food processor and process with cookies (as pictured in the top portion of the prepared crumbs).
Pour the crumbs into a medium-sized bowl and stir in the slightly cooled, melted butter or Buttery Sticks, stirring with a fork until the crumbs begin to stick together when pressed. It is important that the mixture not be too wet, so if the crumbs are very wet at this point, crush more cookies to add to the mixture. The consistency is right when you can press the mixture between your fingers and it sticks together but is not at all drippy with butter.
Transfer the crumb-butter mixture into a pie pan and press with your fingers to create an even thickness along the bottom and sides of the pan. If using a tart pan with removable bottom, you may find it easier to place the pan on a cookie sheet so the crust bottom is not disturbed during transfer.
Refrigerate the crust for 20 - 30 minutes to help it set. Preheat oven to 350° F (static) or 325° F (convection).
Bake crust for 10 minutes or until firm. Remove to cool completely in the refrigerator or at room temperature before filling.
Whisk coconut milk, egg nog, sugar, gfJules flour, egg yolks and salt together in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Continue stirring periodically so the mixture does not burn. Continue to stir until the mixture thickens noticeably to warm pudding-like texture, approximately 8-10 minutes.
Remove from heat and stir in chocolate and butter until melted and smooth. Pour into cooled pie crust, cover with plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator until firm, at least 3 hours.
To top with frozen whipped cream dollop out onto slices of pie, or to prepare the pie as pictured, whip the entire container of CocoWhip in a large bowl using a whisk or the whisk attachment on a mixer. Stir until smooth and spreadable. Spread on top of cold pie and place entire pie into the freezer for 30 minutes or until the CocoWhip has set. If using this method, the CocoWhip will no longer be as fluffy, but will make a creamy, smooth layer on top of the pie.
Refrigerate pie before serving, no need to freeze once the CocoWhip has set again.
Garnish with or without chocolate curls.
To make chocolate curls, soften a chocolate bar gently by microwaving only until the bar is slightly softer, but not melted. Using a vegetable peeler, go along the length of the bar and shave down in one long movement. The curl will fall off and once at room temperature again, can be picked up and sprinkled on top of the pie. Repeat until you have enough curls to garnish to your taste. Reserve any remaining chocolate for other applications.