Black Forest Chocolate Cream Pie & Happy Chocolate Day

Hello friends! It’s that time of year again.Yep, chocolate will be half-price starting tomorrow…Yippee! I hope you’re all enjoying the day & weekend with your loved ones. And eating lots of chocolate, perhaps even a chocolate cream pie? Like this one…

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I’ve never been a huge Valentines Day fan, regardless of whether I’ve been single or in a relationship. I always found it overly commercial, but I’ll admit I do like the story/history of St Valentine.

When I used to work in restaurants, I was shocked at how many couples spent their Valentine’s Day dinners fighting or bickering. I’d estimate at least half my tables were having some unpleasant discussions during their meals. My guess is that it was either the pressure of trying to impress the other, or one’s expectations of the day were a little too high or optimistic. Or perhaps they were expecting more of a 4-course extravagant meal? I’ll bet there are many studies done on this.

Cowboy and I don’t really do much for Valentine’s Day as we both don’t really think it’s a big deal. But this was our first Valentines Day ever that we were both off work and so we got to spend the day together.

Yesterday we had the coldest weather we’ve had in 22 years! Yep, on Saturday morning it was actually colder here in Ontario than it was at the North Pole!! I only WISH I were kidding. It was -31 with a windchill of -41 in Ottawa (& Toronto). It was only -30 at the north pole, apparently (with the windchill). Clearly I need to head further north to get warmer weather. 

I laughed and almost snorted my coffee up my nose this morning when I read a twitter update from someone in York City freaking out that the windchill was -13! All I could think of is: “I’m heading to New York for some Spring weather!” (ha ha). It’s warmed up a lot since yesterday though, thankfully, and we’ve had an unusually warm winter overall (until yesterday) so I really can’t complain…much. 

So with today’s warmer weather, and a rare day off together, Cowboy and I went to see the ice sculptures at Winterlude. We timed it perfectly as the sculptures had been melting like crazy the past few weeks, but they’re back to normal now as they were fixed up a little, and the recent deep freeze helped keep them intact. 

They were pretty impressive! This hockey bear is totally Canadian…I love it. (I’ll have to admit, I’m also rather biased when it comes to Bears and hockey hehe).

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After walking around for awhile, it was time to warm up a little (it was still -25 with the windchill). So we headed to a nearby chocolate cafe (which had just recently opened) for a hot chocolate and a light lunch since we were getting hungry.

I may have had a bit of chocolate overload at this place (to help cope with the cold weather— um…yeah, that’s it). Is there even such a thing as a chocolate overload? (I wouldn’t know).

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This is my new happy place. I’m sure you can see why. It may or may not have something to do with my chocolate addiction.

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Later in the evening we went for Pizza and beer (wine for me) at a pub. Yep, only the fanciest Valentine’s Day dinner for us 😀

Big Rig is a fabulous local brewery with some of the best (pub) food in the city. Their pizza is incredible. And Cowboy’s friend works there too, so we had a nice visit with him. 

(I think I’ll be eating lots of salad and veggies this coming week to get re-healthified. My current diet is not overly paleo).

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To celebrate the festive holiday AND to cope with the cold weather, I thought it’d be a good idea to do some baking (because normally I hate it). So lo and behold, I made Cowboy a chocolate cream pie, with a twist. It’s got cherries on top! (it’s not just an expression)

Say hello to my Black Forest Chocolate Cream Pie. This one’s topped with a fresh (home-made) cherry filling and whipped cream.

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I love a homemade, diner-style chocolate cream pie. I generally don’t like mixing chocolate with fruit, but this was a fun change and a very tasty addition (especially if your cherry filling is homemade, as opposed to the nasty can stuff).

If you’re not a cherry fan, just leave it out as it’s just a topping that goes along with the whipped cream.The cherry filling in this recipe is the same one I use to make a fresh cherry pie (just a much smaller amount) and it’s scrumptious–especially with the subtle accents of cinnamon, lemon juice and vanilla thrown in there.

This chocolate cream pie is delicious either way, I hope you’ll like it. If you like Black Forest Cake, I think you’ll enjoy this dessert. Here’s the pie before adding all the stuff one top. You can even just add a strawberry for decoration.

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Even my little dog approves. Okay, she didn’t actually try the pie–since dogs can’t have chocolate–but she did an exceptional job guarding it. (much to Cowboy’s chagrin ha ha).

I hope you guys had a great weekend & Valentine’s Day. Don’t forget chocolate is half-price tomorrow! (be there or be square).

 Dana xo

 Black Forest Chocolate Cream Pie

Inspired & adapted from: Pie on Sunday
Makes one 8″ pie


Ingredients

Chocolate Filling:                                                                                                       2/3 cup sugar
4 tablespoons cornstarch                                                                                         ½ teaspoon salt                                                                                                              4 egg yolks, room temperature                                                                              2 ½ cups milk (regular, coconut, cashew, etc– except almond milk which I find too thin).                                                                                             1/2 cup cream (or coconut cream, or reg milk is fine)                             1 cup chopped good quality chocolate preferably (or reg choc chips)                                                                                                                                    ½ teaspoon salt                                                                                                                1 Tablespoon dark cocoa                                                                                          1 teaspoons espresso powder (optional)
2 Tablespoons butter                                                                                                  2 Tablespoons vanilla bean extract (or reg vanilla extract)                                                                                                                                        Cherry Filling–for the top  (optional)                                                                2 cups fresh or frozen cherries                                                                            1/3 cup sugar                                                                                                                   1 ½ Tablespoons cornstarch                                                                                   2 teaspoons lemon juice                                                                                            1 teaspoon cinnamon (optional, but delicious)                                           2 teaspoons vanilla

Cooked Pie Crust–homemade or store-bought (I prefer a chocolate cookie for this pie & gluten-free)                                   Whipped cream (or coconut whip)


Instructions                                                                                                 

Chocolate Filling:                                                                                                        1. In medium saucepan whisk together sugar, cocoa, espresso powder (optional), egg yolks, and salt. Slowly drizzle in milk (and cream–if using).                                                                                                             2. Cook over medium heat, whisking constantly, for several minutes until mixture has thickened considerably.                                3.  Remove from heat and pour into a strainer/colander over a bowl (optional, but makes it smoother). Then immediately whisk in chocolate, butter and vanilla until chocolate is melted and it’s thoroughly mixed.                                                                                                       4.  Allow to cool for a few minutes then pour into cooked, cooled pie crust. Refrigerate for several hours (at least 4-6 hours is ideal).

Cherry Filling:  (optional)                                                                                          1. In medium saucepan mix cherries, sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon and lemon juice                                                                                                              2. Cook on medium heat stirring often until mixture starts to thicken and cherries have broken down (approx 5 minutes).            3. Let cool in fridge until pie has set.

When pie filling is ready, spoon cherry mix on top, and garnish with whipped cream and dark chocolate shavings. Enjoy! 

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19 thoughts on “Black Forest Chocolate Cream Pie & Happy Chocolate Day

    • Thanks Lenka! Hope you guys had a wonderful day/weekend as well. Cowboy says hello and Happy VD to you both as well.
      Oh and I was reading the update via a friend’s twitter feed update, but I’m not actually on twitter myself…yet. I’m planning on finally joining though, so will definitely add you 😀

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  1. Ah, this looks too good to eat, really yummy. Have to try out that recipe :). Seems like you had a great day and about the winter? Oh well, it hit Germany yesterday and it resulted in complete snow chaos with trains delaying, passing by stations or simply not arriving. Fortunately I could make it to my new workplace with only the double amount of time it’d usually take. But -30 degrees? Holy cow, that’s… why are Germans actually complaining, haha? We had -4 or something in the night. Still it wasn’t nice outside yesterday morning.

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    • Thanks Nuf! Oh yes this is a delicious pie, whether you add the cherries or not 😀 And the recipe is fairly easy and adaptable as you can use your favourite homemade or storebought pudding! Oooh no, it sounds like we sent all the cold and snow your way. OOPS! That sounds crazy, we didn’t actually get much snow on the Saturday (when we broke records for cold…brr) but TODAY we got a HUGE snowstorm…and even broke a record for most snow in a day in Ottawa…ever! 50 cm! I hope it doesn’t come your way as I’m sure you don’t want to see any more snow. Hopefully it doesn’t take you too long to get to work when the weather’s bad. Do you guys get a lot of snow in winter where you are? Yeah, it was the coldest it’s ever been here in my recollection, anyway. Its just not enjoyable to be out in, so I stayed in for that one day, anyway. -4 sounds about what we have now (warmer weather in exchange for a bunch of snow haha), it feels like spring! I love it!! 😀

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      • No worries about the winter. At least we have sun again. It’s cold, yes, but no snowstorm. I hope you didn’t get one again, that sounds pretty horrible, especially with so much snow. I mean I like snow, but just like chocolate, there is a limit to how much one can take or see ;).
        Actually we don’t get much snow here, it’s usually that sludge stuff remaining, and ice to slid on. Not very nice. However, it’s different from region to region. Where I live there wasn’t much snow left, and when I went by train to work for half an hour, everything was covered with that white stuff. A day later with lots of sun, there wasn’t anything left. So it’s not really winter. although everyone’s complaining :).
        I have some winter games (and movies) reviews prepared (or will do), so it’s good that the cold is back as I didn’t have time to do them before (Christmas was just rain, no snow, I guess that doesn’t count).

        You can call me Sascha, BTW. Haven’t mentioned the name anywhere, but I guess it feels more comfortable with the real one ;).

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      • Hey Sascha! I definitely agree, even if you like snow there is a limit right? ha ha (though I’m less inclined to say that about chocolate). It sounds like you guys don’t generally get a lot of snow, or at least not major storms anyway. Or if you do, it disappears fast. I like it when it warms up and gets sunny and the snow starts to melt 🙂 We are actually fairly warm-ish now got lots of rain on Saturday which did a nice number on our 50 cm of snow! It was perfect timing! ha ha But I think if I had to choose, I prefer snow over incredible cold. At least with the snow on a not-so-cold day, I’m happy out walking, snow-shoeing, xc skiing etc. Right now, though, particularly after the recent storms and freezing weather we’ve had, I’m counting down the days ’til Spring. March is a week away…let’s cheer to that!!!! Woohooo!! 😀

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      • I think we can compete with storm now. I wrote a piece last year about some really bad storms, but this year is even worse. One can be happy that it’s only storm and not rain, although we had our share of that too. I like snow falling slowly, and not from all directions :). I agree, freezing cold is not nice, and even if I’m not a big fun of hot summers, spring is a good middle ground, so I’ll cheer to that, yes :)!

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      • ha ha I love it…Canada and Germany competing for storms, way too funny. Ohh I’ll have to check out your post on the storm from last year, then I can get an idea of how we are in comparison (at least last year, we had less snow but way more cold) 😀 I like falling snow too, esp at Christmas, but I hate the blowing/blizzard type storms, esp if you can’t even see in front of you. Not fun indeed. Speaking of storms, we’re getting ANOTHER one tomorrow…only 20 cm though, so about half as last week. Good thing because we are just finally clearing the streets from the last one haha Is it Spring yet? 😀 Less than a month away now….

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      • Weather is acting strangely everywhere, it seems the whole world is in a competition ;). But I remember some snow storms and skiing in Austria, freezing like hell. This was one day I just went uphill with the ski lift, then down and going right back to the hotel ;).
        I’m just happy if nothing comes down from the sky so I don’t get wet. Yesterday we had hail for about 5 minutes and then it stopped and the sun was shining. Good thing I was inside for that time.
        Fingers crossed we get some decent outdoors weather again with spring and summer :).

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      • It sure is. We’ve only just started getting winter weather the past few weeks, so again I really can’t complain..that much! (haha). Sounds like you guys are getting a real mix, but at least after a few minutes of hail, the sun came back out! Wohooo. I can’t believe March is just around the corner, while we could get more snow that always means no more -30 weather, anyway. Now that’s something to celebrate. Hope you’re having a great end of winter regardless, Sascha! 😀

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      • We had and still have lots of sun this weekend, and even if it’s still a bit cold outside, this is much better than running from one dry place to another and through puddles of water ;). Fingers crossed you’ll get something of spring soon :).

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  2. Your pie looks delicious! And I hate to say it, but here in Austin this week we are looking at 80 degree temps most days!! I would rather it be cold in February, although -35 may not be the temp I am looking for!!! Enjoy your cold weather and hopefully you can get to NY soon to warm up!

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    • oooh I think I’m coming down there for a few days, 80 sounds exactly what I need right now! ha ha I think even 0 would be too much for you guys if you are used to even 60 in February 🙂 Thanks for your kind words, this pie sure is delicious. Then again, I’ve rarely met a chocolate cream pie I didn’t love 😀

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    • ha ha Oh I know, I get way too hungry posting recipes and looking at wonderful food blogs– such as yours 😀 Thanks for visiting. This pie is awesome, and if you don’t like cherries it’s still a great chocolate cream pie/pudding without them!

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