Chocolate Espresso Custard Pie

With a whipped mascarpone topping and chocolate cookie crust this chocolate espresso custard pie is reminiscent of tiramisu, minus the lady fingers. With a whipped mascarpone topping and chocolate cookie crust this chocolate espresso custard pie is reminiscent of tiramisu, minus the lady fingers.

I am catching up on the latest Great British Baking show episodes and just got to watch them do custard pies.  Of course, theirs were topped with flowers and meringues and amazingly beautiful.  But I’ll put the flavor of mine up against anyone’s. 

And I think mine is cute in an everyday baker kind of way…

With a whipped mascarpone topping and chocolate cookie crust this chocolate espresso custard pie is reminiscent of tiramisu, minus the lady fingers.

Chocolate Espresso Custard Pie

The pie has taken a couple tries to get right. My first attempt was delicious, but there were two issues.  First, the custard softened the chocolate cookie crust.  It was still wildly popular, but this really bothered me. Yes (as viewers know), “no soggy bottoms.”  

I solved this by melting some chocolate chips and smoothing them over the bottom and sides of the chocolate crust.  Then I let that harden before pouring in the custard and baking. That kept the crust crisp—and actually deepened the chocolate flavor to everyone’s delight. 

Smooth melted chocolate over crust – no soggy bottoms!

My second problem came in sprinkling on the final dusting of cocoa powder.  Here I used my usual sifter, which works great for powdered sugar.  Turns out cocoa is much finer so comes out thicker, looking kind of like chocolate asphalt.  Um, no. 

So for pie number two, I used small pinches of cocoa and distributed by hand.  Problem solved.

Mascarpone whipped cream topping

The filling in this recipe is the right amount for a commercial chocolate crust.  Yes, I know it’s not very Great-British-Baking-Show of me.  But the Oreo crusts are just as good as anything I can do and soooo easy. If you make a homemade crust, pay attention to the size–you may need to increase the filling quantity and baking time.

Everyone but my husband, who won’t touch a hint of coffee, loved this recipe.  Including my oldest who doesn’t drink coffee but enjoys the flavor in small doses.  She loves Tiramisu and kept calling this “Tiramisu Pie” which I took as a compliment

With a whipped mascarpone topping and chocolate cookie crust this chocolate espresso custard pie is reminiscent of tiramisu, minus the lady fingers.

Mmm!

I do one new pie recipe every Thanksgiving and I think this may be the one. So when I decided I needed to test it again, my kids were in heaven.

My waistline, not so much.

Chocolate Espresso Custard Pie
Serves 8
With a whipped mascarpone topping and chocolate cookie crust this espresso latte custard pie is reminiscent of tiramisu, minus the lady fingers.
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
3 hr
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
3 hr
434 calories
35 g
131 g
30 g
7 g
15 g
145 g
231 g
22 g
0 g
13 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
145g
Servings
8
Amount Per Serving
Calories 434
Calories from Fat 263
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 30g
46%
Saturated Fat 15g
74%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 10g
Cholesterol 131mg
44%
Sodium 231mg
10%
Total Carbohydrates 35g
12%
Dietary Fiber 1g
3%
Sugars 22g
Protein 7g
Vitamin A
15%
Vitamin C
0%
Calcium
11%
Iron
8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Chocolate crust
  1. • 9-inch chocolate pie crust (commercial or your favorite recipe)
  2. • ½ cup chocolate chips
Espresso Custard
  1. • 1 tbsp espresso extract or instant espresso powder
  2. • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  3. • 1 cup cream
  4. • ¾ cup reduced fat milk
  5. • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  6. • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  7. • 3 large eggs
Mascarpone topping
  1. • 1/2 cup mascarpone or cream cheese
  2. • ¼ cup cream
  3. • 3 T powdered sugar
  4. • ½ t vanilla
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F
  2. Melt chocolate chips over double boiler or in microwave in 20 second intervals, stirring regularly. Place chocolate pie crust on a baking sheet. Dollop melted chocolate onto different areas of crust and spread to cover bottom and sides. Don’t worry about neatness but try not to miss any spots. Let cool.
  3. Dissolve cornstarch in about ¼ cup of milk. Whisk with remaining filling ingredients, except cream, stirring until sugar dissolves. Stir in cream gently, to minimize any bubbles/foam. Pour into cooled crust.
  4. Carefully transfer to oven then bake for 30-40 minutes, or until pie filling jiggles slightly in the center when pan is gently shaken. Allow pie to cool briefly at room temperature, then refrigerate until chilled.
  5. Whip mascarpone with powdered sugar and vanilla. Whip whipped cream separately, then fold together.
  6. Top chilled custard with cream topping, then sprinkle (very gently, I did small pinches by hand) with cocoa powder.
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calories
434
fat
30g
protein
7g
carbs
35g
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4 thoughts on “Chocolate Espresso Custard Pie

  1. David Scott Allen

    I love the sound of this pie with one exception… I can’t stand anything coffee flavored! What would you recommend as a substitution for the espresso extract? Caramel extract? Orange? Also, I think your layer of melted chocolate on top of the crust is brilliant. I would’ve never thought of that…

    1. Inger Post author

      Anything that goes with chocolate would be good David. Somewhat partial to the caramel, or maybe butterscotch. Or maybe swirling something like raspberry into vanilla. As I love saying, so many pies, so little time 🙂

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