1 baked 8 or 9-inch pie shell
1 c. whipping cream
1 pkg. (6-oz.) semisweet chocolate pieces
1/3 c. butter
1/3 c. sugar
2 beaten egg yolks
3 Tbsp. creme de cacao or whipping cream
Whipped cream or whipped dessert topping (optional)
Chocolate curls or miniature chocolate pieces (optional)


In a heavy 2-quart saucepan combine the 1 cup whipping cream, chocolate pieces, butter, and sugar. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, till chocolate is melted. This should take about 10 minutes. Remove saucepan from heat. Gradually stir about half of the hot mixture into the beaten egg yolks. Return egg mixture to saucepan. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, till mixture is slightly thickened and nearly bubbly, about 3 to 5 minutes. Remove saucepan from heat (mixture may appear to separate). Stir in creme de cacao or whipping cream. Place saucepan in a bowl of ice water; stir occasionally till mixture stiffens and becomes hard to stir (20 minutes).

Transfer chocolate mixture to a medium mixing bowl. Beat the cooled chocolate mixture with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 2 to 3 minutes or till light and fluffy. Spread filling in a baked pastry shell. Cover and chill pie about 5 hours or till set, or for up to 24 hours. At serving time, top each serving with whipped cream and sprinkle with chocolate curls if desired. Makes about 10 servings.