Pudding Pie for Thanksgiving

Pleased to announce that my How to Celebrate Everything video series continues with, naturally, Chocolate Pudding Pie. I’ve been on the road hawking my book this month, and I’ve had a lot of fun reading the section about a pie throw-down my family had at Thanksgiving a few years ago. (Book owners: page 46). It’s one of my favorites, as is this recipe. Reminder: There is an entire chapter devoted to Thanksgiving including a section on Turkey for beginners (page 52) as well as a section called “How to Avoid Empty Celebration Syndrome” (Commonly known as ECS). You can be sure you’ll hear more on that as we ramp up to next Thursday. For now enjoy the video.




11⁄2 packages honey graham crackers (13 to 14 crackers)
10 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
5 tablespoons sugar


2 cups whole milk
2 egg yolks
2⁄3 cup sugar
4 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1⁄2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

Make the Crust

Preheat the oven to 350°F. In a food processor fitted with a metal blade, process the honey graham crackers until they resemble fine crumbs. Add the melted butter and sugar and pulse to combine until the crust just comes together and slightly holds a shape when pinched between two fingers. Using your fingers, firmly press the mixture into a 9-inch pie dish. Bake for 10 minutes. Cool.

Make the Pudding

In a medium bowl, whisk together the milk and yolks. In a heavy medium saucepan, whisk together the sugar, cocoa, cornstarch, and salt. Whisk in the milk mixture until thoroughly combined, then turn on the heat to medium. Cook, whisking constantly, until the pudding thickens and comes to a boil, about 5 minutes. Continue boiling for 1 more minute, whisking constantly so it stays smooth. Remove the pudding from the heat and add the vanilla extract. Cool for 10 minutes.

Pour the pudding into the prepared crust. Allow the pie to cool, then cover with foil or plastic wrap and chill for at least 6 hours (and up to 24). Serve topped with freshly whipped cream.

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My 10 year old daughter made this last night and rocked it! The video is great…although she wanted to know why your counters weren’t covered in cornstarch like ours;) Thanks for teaching us to cook and love it!

Harly Golub

I attempted the graham cracker crust this evening and the sides didn’t hold their shape while baking. I added more graham cracker crumbs because it seemed as if there was too much butter. Instead of listing the number of graham crackers used can you provide a measurement for the amount of graham cracker crumbs for my next attempt?