This post may contain affiliate links. Read the full disclosure here.
Rich and luxurious, this Chocolate Chai Cream Pie is made for chocolate and chai lovers alike. A thick layer of chocolate pudding laced with chai rests on a buttery, flaky crust and is topped with homemade whipped cream, creating a decadent (but easy!) dessert.
Easy Chocolate Cream Pie
My younger self loved and craved chocolate. I would have something chocolate at least once every day. Whether it be a cup of chocolate pudding, a double chocolate brownie, or several thin mints. I was loyal and true to the chocolate.
This has changed over the years, though, and now I’m not such a huge chocolate fan…except for, this pie!
I was so surprised at how much I enjoyed it. It is nothing more than chocolate pudding infused with chai. One amazing flavor combination! It’s my chocolate pie leveled up a notch.
The pie is very simple. In fact, you only have to bake the pie crust. Then the filling is poured into the pie crust and refrigerated until it’s ready to serve. Add some whipped cream, sprinkle on some cinnamon and you’ve got the perfect dessert ready to go!
Enter into chocolate chai cream pie heaven. You are welcome!
What You’ll Need
This chai pie is made almost entirely out of pantry staples, plus chai (which, hey, is a staple in my book too), and chocolate.
- All-purpose flour
- Granulated sugar – I like to add a touch of sugar to my pie crusts but you can omit this. It’s definitely needed for the filling, though.
- Salt – balances all the sweetness.
- Unsalted butter – Butter adds a lovely rich flavor to the crust and makes the filling feel extra silky.
- Vegetable shortening – Shortening produces a light and flaky crust.
- Ice water – It’s important to use ice water to prevent the butter from softening before baking.
- Whole milk – Whole milk makes the filling more rich than low fat milk.
- Chai tea bags – Infuses the filling with delightful chai flavor.
- Semisweet chocolate – Coarsley chopped for easier melting.
- You can use buttersweet chocolate but semisweet is what I prefer.
- Egg yolks – Provide structure and help to thicken the filling, while creating a rich, creamy texture.
- Cornstarch – Works as the thickening agent.
- Whipped cream – I recommend using homemade whipped cream, though store-bought will work in a pinch.
- Ground cinnamon – For garnish.
How to Make Chocolate Chai Cream Pie
While making this homemade chocolate pie does require some time and should be planned in advance to allow for the crust to bake and cool, it is not a difficult dessert to make.
Make the crust dough. Whisk together the flour, sugar, and salt. Cut in the butter and shortening. Drizzle ice water over the flour to moisten it and toss with a fork to combine.
Knead the dough. Gently knead the dough on a work surface, flatten it into a disc, and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
Roll the dough into a 12-inch circle, then gently place in a 9-inch pie pan. Trim the edges so there’s a 1-inch overhang. Refrigerate for an hour.
Bake. Prick the bottom with the tines of a fork and line with parchment paper. Use pie weights, uncooked rice, or dried beans to weigh the pie down.
Bake for 15 minutes. Remove the pie weights and bake for an additional 15 minutes. Set on a wire rack to cool completely.
Make the chocolate chai filling. Warm the milk then add the tea bags and steep for 5 minutes. Remove the tea bags. Stir the chocolate into the milk, until mostly melted, then add the sugar and salt.
Add one cup of the warm milk mixture to the eggs, stirring constantly. Then pour the egg mixture into the milk mixture.
Add the cornstarch and whisk until smooth. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until the mixture thickens. Remove from heat and stir in the butter.
Refrigerate. Pour the filling into the prepared pie shell. Cover, making sure the plastic wrap is touching the filling. Refrigerate until firm.
Serve. Top with whipped cream and dust lightly with cinnamon.
Tips for Success
For the best homemade cream pie, keep the following things in mind.
- Do not substitute the shortening. You definitely need to use half butter and half shortening in the crust. If you use all butter, the crust will be delicate and difficult to roll out.
- Avoid shattering your beautiful pie pan. The crust needs to be refrigerated before going in the oven, so it’s important to use a metal pan or a tempered glass pan. Disponsable aluminum pie pans will also work.
- What’s the best chai to use? You can use any quality chai tea that you prefer. Personally, I like to use Twinings Black Chai as the cozy spices pair so well with chocolate.
Keep your chocolate chai cream pie refrigerated until ready to serve. Then, top with a layer of whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon. The combination of rich chocolate, warm chai, whipped cream, and cinnamon is absolute perfection.
How to Store
This chocolate cream pie can be stored in the fridge for up to 3 days. Just be sure to cover it tightly with plastic wrap. I recommend waiting to add the whipped cream, especially if using homemade whipped cream.
I don’t recommend freezing this pie, as the texture will change.
More Pie Recipes:
Did you try this recipe? I would love for you to leave me a 5-star rating or comment. This way, I have a better understanding of which recipes you like and can create more of them.
You can also shop my favorite baking tools. Thank you so much for your support!