As you can see from this picture, Mr. Cow endorses this pie in spite of having received no remuneration for the cream. I also endorse the pie in spite of having received ample calories for my poor fluffy post-holiday thighs.
I am not allowed to share this chocolate cream pie recipe on the internet or anywhere else. However, the kind person who made the pie did give a few helpful hints for me as I made the crust that I thought I would share.
The basic recipe for a single pie crust involves these ingredients:
1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1/4 tsp salt
1/3 cup shortening (plus a couple tablespoons)
very very cold water
1. Mix the flour and salt together.
2. Use a pastry blender or knives to blend the shortening into pea size balls. It is important not to over blend because the flour on the outside of the balls is what creates the flakes.
3. Drop water onto the mix a tablespoon at a time and mix with a fork. The water needs to be very very cold because if it is too warm, the shortening will melt and stick to everything the light touches while you are trying to roll the stuff out.
4. When the pastry is mostly moistened, form it into a ball (touching as little as possible with your hands) and roll it out. Roll it onto the rolling pin to transfer to the pie plate.
5. Bake as pie directs, or if you are just making a shell prick it all over with a fork, and bake at 450 until it is toasty brown. (Check first at 8 minutes, then every 3 to 5 until your heart tells you it is time.) This will give the crust a nice toasty flavor.
I suppose most people already know how to make pie crust. I just wanted to post that picture because it looks like the cow is reaching for it but can't quite escape his childrens book prison. Poor exploited thing.