Michael Symon's Dynamite Lindt Chocolate Pumpkin Pie

November 20, 2012

Chef Michael Symon and gourmet chocolate producer, Lindt, have come together and created this dynamite chocolate pumpkin pie.  This dessert is excellent for Thanksgiving or any holiday get together.  Chocolate pumpkin pie is perfect if you want to mix-up this classic holiday sweet.

Chocolate Pumpkin Pie
Recipe Courtesy of Michael Symon

Serves 8

Ingredients:

Crust:
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1/2 cup unsalted butter (very cold and cut into small pieces)
2 -3 tablespoons ice cold water

Chocolate:
3 ounces Lindt bittersweet chocolate (very finely chopped)
3 ounces Lindt mocha coconut chocolate (very finely chopped)
3 ounces Lindt semisweet chocolate (chopped)
4 tablespoons unsalted butter(cut into small pieces)

Filling:
1 (14 ounce) can pumpkin
1 (12 ounce) can evaporated milk
3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
3 large eggs
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 pinch ground cloves

Directions:

For the Pie Crust:

Combine the flour, salt, sugar and butter in a food processor and pulse until coarse, with small marbles of butter remaining. Sprinkle 2 tablespoons of the ice water and pulse until crumbly, and dough holds when squeezed together. Add another sprinkle of water if too dry, but do not overmix.

Transfer dough to a plastic bag, press into a disk, and refrigerate for one hour. *You can use a store-bought crust here if you’d like.*

Preheat oven to 425°F.

Roll out dough on floured surface. Press into pie plate, trim to leave 1-inch excess around edges, fold under and flute edges. Cut a piece of parchment or nonstick foil to the size of the pie, and use to line pie crust. Fill with pie weights, and bake until golden, about 15 minutes.

Reduce heat to 325°F.

For the Pie Filling:

In a double boiler, melt chocolate and butter, stirring frequently until smooth, and remove from heat.

In a large bowl, mix together the pumpkin, evaporated milk, light brown sugar, eggs, cornstarch, vanilla, salt, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and cloves. Fold in the chocolate mixture, and pour into pie crust. Place pie pan on a baking sheet. Bake at 325*F until center of pie has set, about an hour. Refrigerate until cooled completely to serve.

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