RIch and creamy chocolate pumpkin pie with just enough spice. In homemade pie crust, of course.

Chef Symon’s Choco Pumpkin Pie

My version of Chef Symon's chocolate pumpkin pie made in a homemade all-butter crust. A really nice change on the classic pumpkin pie!


Chef Symon’s Choco Pumpkin Pie

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Last week Betsy came home with a plastic bag from the grocery store. That might not be a shock to you, but it was a complete shock to me.

You see, Betsy hasn’t been to a grocery store in months. I do all the food shopping. Why could she have gone to the store? More specifically, what craving was she having?

My first guess was queso because Tex-Mex is always a good guess. But NO!

It was a pumpkin pie. A whole pumpkin pie. And not a good one. I, of course, mentioned that I would’ve definitely baked her a pumpkin pie, but that wasn’t the point. She was specifically craving bad pumpkin pie.

I tried to eat a piece of it. It was weird. The words “bland” and “mushy” come to mind.

It did make me want to make a real pumpkin pie though. But once I fell down the pumpkin pie recipe rabbit hole, I kept coming back to this dark, rich chocolate version. I’ve always liked Chef Symon so I figured this chocolate pumpkin pie would be a winner.

Chocolate Pumpkin Pie

Makes 2 9-inch pies
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My version of Chef Symon’s chocolate pumpkin pie made in a homemade all-butter crust. A really nice change on the classic pumpkin pie!

Pie filling from Michael Symon's Recipe.


6 ounces semisweet chocolate
3 ounces bittersweet chocolate
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 (14-oz. can) pumpkin puree
1 (12-oz. can) evaporated milk
3/4 cup brown sugar
3 large eggs
1 tablespoon corn starch
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
Pinch of salt

All-Butter Crust: (One 9-inch pie) (Recipe from 4 and 20 Blackbirds Crust via Food52.)

1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
1/2 cup unsalted butter, chilled
1/2 cup water
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup ice


For the crust:
Combine flour, sugar, and salt in a medium bowl. Add cubed cold butter to the dry mix and coat the butter cubes with flour. Then use a pastry cutter, fork, or your fingers to work the butter into the flour mixture until it’s in pea-sized pieces.

Combine water, apple cider vinegar, and ice in a separate bowl. Add the liquid to the dry stuff a tablespoon at a time until the dough just comes together with some crumbs on the edges. You should need 4-6 tablespoons of the liquid.

Shape the dough into a round disc, adding more liquid in small drops if needed to get the dough to stick. Once the dough is in a solid disc, wrap it in plastic wrap and store it in the fridge for at least an hour, but overnight is best.

For filling:
1) Melt the chocolate and butter in a double boiler until it’s just melted.

2) In a separate bowl, whisk together all the other filling ingredients. THen fold in the melted chocolate.

To bake pie:
1) Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

2) Roll pie crust out on a lightly floured surface until it’s roughly 10 inches in diameter. Transfer to your pie pan and trim edges to your liking. Poke some holes in the crust with a fork and line the pie with parchment paper or foil. Then add pie weights or dry beans to the crust.

3) Bake the crust for 15 minutes at 425 degrees F.

4) Turn oven down to 325 degrees F. Remove weight from crust. Add filling to the pie crust.

5) Bake the pie at 325 degrees F. for an hour.

Let the pie cool before slicing and serving.

Chef Symon’s Chocolate Pumpkin Pie

Four and Twenty Crust

I’ve made a lot of pie crusts in my day. I tend to like the Alton Brown method of using vodka in the crust. I’ve had good luck with it. But this time around I thought I’d try a new version I saw recently from the Four and Twenty Blackbird pie shop in Brooklyn. Secret ingredient: Apple Cider Vinegar.

Making dough for chocolate pumpkin pie

Like most crust recipes, combine the dry stuff together and then work in the cold butter. I sometimes use my fingers and sometimes use a pastry cutter. Today was a pastry cutter day. Then add in the liquid (a mix of water and vinegar) until the dough just comes together and then wrap and store it overnight.

I thought this dough was really good (I tasted a pinch of it before even rolling it out). I knew it was a keeper for sure. I also found it to be easier to work with then some previous recipes I’ve used, but maybe I’m just getting better at pies.

Anyway, into the pie pan it goes. I don’t do anything fancy for the edges. I just use my fingers to kind of pinch it around.

After all, I’ll probably post this pie on Pinterest, but it’s not a Pinterest project. You know what I mean.

Dough in the pan.
Pretty dough.

Crank your oven up to 425 degrees F. and poke a bunch of holes in the pie. Then add in some foil or parchment paper and bake the pie with some weight on it. They make pie weights, but I’ve always just used a few handfuls of black beans.

Pie weights?
Pie weights?

Filling Time

This filling for this chocolate pumpkin pie is badass. My only note on it is that the recipe above really makes enough filling for TWO nine inch pies. It’s kind of hard to half the recipe though because it works out with the cans of pumpkin and milk.

Start by slowly melting the chocolate and butter in a double boiler or just over some hot water.

Lots of chocolate.
Lots of chocolate.

Then add that melted chocolate to a bowl with all the other filling ingredients and whisk like crazy.

Whisking filling for chocolate pumpkin pie
Whisking filling.

The finished chocolate pumpkin pie filling should be thick, smooth, and have a lovely dark color.

This is enough chocolate pumpkin pie filling for two pies.
This is enough for two pies.

Once your crust has baked for 15 minutes at 425 degrees F., remove the weights and pour in the filling. You can pour it pretty full.

If you only wanted to make one pie, you could freeze the extra filling for another day.

In the crust!
In the crust!

Bake the pie at a much lower 325 degree F. for a full hour until it’s lightly puffed and set in the middle.

This chocolate pumpkin pie is a really pretty pie.

Perfecto. Chocolate Pumpkin Pie

Be sure to let it cool down before slicing and serving.

Whipped cream is probably a good idea.

The pie ends up being some sort of mad scientist chef cross between chocolate pudding and pumpkin pie. And it’s as good as it sounds.

Rich and creamy chocolate pumpkin pie in a homemade butter pie crust. This is the pie you've been waiting for.

17 Responses to “Chef Symon’s Choco Pumpkin Pie” Leave a comment

  1. I think I’ll make this later this week! ThInk a 9×13 or 8x 11 would be a comfortable space for that filling amount? I’d like to make them bars.

      1. I love this idea…my whacky crazy kids aren’t in love with pastry, so the filling to pastry ratio would be much higher.

  2. ooooh, that looks good. I usually make pumpkin pie with some bourbon in it, but that doesn’t seem right for this one. Any other thoughts? By the way, my grandmothers always used vinegar (and lard, of course) in pie crust.

  3. Oh my that sounds so wonderful, going to have to find a place on the table for this on Turkey Day!!

  4. if I was awful and wanted to cheat by using a premade crust would I need to put it in the oven at all before putting the filling in it? Would I just do the filling and bake for an hour?

      1. I must redeem myself in saying I am only using the premade crust to test the pie “contents” out this weekend before thanksgiving. Thanksgiving day will be from scratch all the way, lol! Thanks Nick

    1. Oh good. Glad you found it! Hope you like the filling. The recipe makes enough to for two pies, unless you’re making really big pies. :) Good luck!

  5. Like Jesse, I had the issue of the recipe not listing how much butter for the filling. Jesse went and looked up the original Symon recipe, whereas I just guessed. To save people looking elsewhere or guessing, you may want to update your ingredient list. My pie turned out great, the pumpkin was very subtle, I could see adding some cardamom and making this a delish chai chocolate pie given the flavors.

  6. I’ve made this recipe twice now, and it’s lovely! Everyone’s initial reaction to tasting it is, “Ooh chocolate pie! Wait! What else is in this? Ahhh! Pumpkin!”

  7. hey nick:
    found this recipe for thanksgiving 3 years ago (?) and my step daughter fell in love with it.
    baking it right now, on this very hot summer morning, for her 28th birthday tomorrow. her first choice.
    thought you’d be happy to know that.
    thanks again for all of your efforts and great recipes.
    be well,

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