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Black Forest Pie

Black Forest Pie is the perfect combination of rich fudgy chocolate and cherry filling, topped with a layer of cherries, and a layer of whipped cream speckled with shaved baker’s chocolate all nestled in a flaky pie crust.

This small batch pie makes a great dessert for two. It’s perfect for an impressive date night, Valentine’s Day, New Year’s celebrations, or any night of the week.

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Black Forest Pie Recipe

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How to make Black Forest Pie:

For the pie crust:

Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees F (180 C).

Fill a cup with 3 tablespoons of ice water and set aside.

Mix together the flour and salt.

Pour the melted butter into the flour mixture, and blend together with a fork until the mixture is crumbly.

crumbly flour, butter, and salt in a bowl.

Add the ice water one tablespoon at a time.

Use a fork and then your hands to form the mixture into a ball. When the mixture forms together but is still a bit crumbly, it’s ready to roll out.

pie crust dough rolled into a ball.

Sprinkle some flour on a clean surface and roll out the dough, constantly flouring the rolling pin.

Roll the dough out until it’s at least 2-3 inches more in diameter than the pie plate.

pie crust dough rolled out on a floured surface.

Carefully place the dough into a 6 inch pie plate smoothing it out inside the pie plate and letting the edges overhang. Click for a 6 inch pie pan.

Cut the overhanging edges with scissors, but leave at least an inch or so overhanging the rim of the pie plate.

pie crust dough pressed into a pie pan.

Pinch the edges to make a pretty pattern around the top edge, if desired.

For the pie filling:

In a saucepan combine the 1/3 cup sugar, cocoa, and 1 tbsp flour.

Stir in the milk until smooth.

sugar, cocoa and flour whisked in a sauce pan.

Cook over medium heat, whisking until smooth.

Add 2 tbsp cubed butter. Continue to whisk and cook over medium heat until thick and bubbly.

Continue whisking and reduce heat and cook for 2 minutes.

black forest pie filling cooking in a pan.

Remove the filling from the heat.

Stir about 1/4 cup hot mixture into egg.

small amount of chocolate sauce whisked into raw egg.

Whisk together and add back to chocolate mixture. Whisk until combined.

egg mixture whisked into rest of the black forest pie filling cooking in a pan.

Stir in the 1/4 cup canned cherry pie filling.

Pour the filling mixture into the pie shell and bake for 35 – 40 minutes or until filling is almost set in the middle.

Cool completely.

black forest pie cooling on a rack.

For the pie topping:

Spread the 1/2 cup canned cherry pie filling over chocolate pie.

Black Forest Cherry Pie on a wire rack.
Black Forest Cherry Pie

Grate the unsweetened chocolate into shavings.

Reserve a small amount of chocolate shavings aside and add the rest into a bowl with the whipped cream. Whisk to combine.

shaved baker's chocolate stirred into whipped cream.

Spread the whipped cream mixture in a layer over the cherries.

Sprinkle the rest of the chocolate shavings over the top of the pie.

Add one more cherry on top, if desired.

Cut in half or quarters and serve.

black forest pie on a tarnished tray with two forks.
Black Forest Cherry Pie

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Yield: Serves 2

Best Black Forest Pie

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Cool Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 2 hours

Black Forest Pie is the perfect combination of rich fudgy chocolate and cherry filling, topped with a layer of cherries, and a layer of whipped cream speckled with shaved baker’s chocolate all nestled in a flaky pie crust.

Ingredients

For the crust:

  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 4 Tbsp unsalted butter (melted)
  • 3 Tbsp ice water

For the filling:

  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/8 cup baking cocoa
  • 1 Tbsp flour
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 Tbsp butter, cubed
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup canned cherry pie filling

For the topping:

  • 1/2 cup canned cherry pie filling
  • 1/2 cup whipped cream
  • 1/2 oz unsweetened baker’s chocolate

Instructions

For the crust:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F (180 C).
  2. Fill a cup with 3 tablespoons of ice water and set aside.
  3. Mix together flour and salt.
  4. Pour melted butter into flour mixture, and blend together with a fork until mixture is crumbly.
  5. Add ice water one tablespoon at a time.
  6. Use a fork and then your hands to form mixture into a ball. When mixture forms together but is still a bit crumbly, it's ready to roll out.
  7. Sprinkle some flour on a clean surface and roll out dough, constantly flouring the rolling pin.
  8. Roll dough out until it's at least 2 - 3 inches more in diameter than the pie plate.
  9. Carefully place dough into a 6 inch pie plate smoothing it out inside pie plate and letting edges overhang. Click for a 6 inch pie pan.
  10. Cut overhanging edges with scissors, but leave at least an inch or so overhanging the rim of your pie plate.
  11. Pinch edges to make a pretty pattern around top edge, if desired.

For the Filling:

  1. In a saucepan combine 1/3 cup sugar, cocoa, and 1 tbsp flour.
  2. Stir in milk until smooth.
  3. Cook over medium heat, whisking until smooth.
  4. Add 2 tbsp cubed butter. Continue to whisk and cook over medium heat until thick and bubbly.
  5. Continue whisking and reduce heat and cook for 2 minutes.
  6. Remove filling from heat.
  7. Stir about 1/4 cup hot mixture into egg. Whisk together and add back to chocolate mixture. Whisk until combined.
  8. Stir in 1/4 cup canned cherry pie filling.
  9. Pour filling mixture into pie shell and bake for 35 - 40 minutes or until filling is almost set in middle.
  10. Cool completely.

For the topping:

  1. Spread 1/2 cup canned cherry pie filling over chocolate pie.
  2. Grate unsweetened chocolate into shavings.
  3. Reserve a small amount of chocolate shavings aside and add remainder into a bowl with whipped cream. Whisk to combine.
  4. Spread whipped cream mixture in a layer over cherries.
  5. Sprinkle remainder of chocolate shavings over top of pie. Add one more cherry on top, if desired.
  6. Cut in half or quarters and serve.

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Nutrition Information

Yield

2

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 854Total Fat 44gSaturated Fat 26gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 14gCholesterol 200mgSodium 750mgCarbohydrates 105gFiber 3gSugar 40gProtein 12g

Nutrition information is a guideline only, is calculated automatically by third party software, and absolute accuracy is not guaranteed.

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