Arkansas Possum Pie

Arkansas Possum Pie

Ingredients

Crust

  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups pecans, crushed

Cream Cheese Layer

  • 12 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 4 tablespoons heavy cream

Pudding Layer

  • 3 egg yolks
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Whipped Cream Topping

  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 4 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Garnish

  • Chocolate syrup
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Crust: In saucepan, melt butter; add flour, brown sugar and crushed pecans. Stir until combined. Press into 9 1/2-inch deep pie plate.
  3. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes until crust begins to brown. Cool completely.
  4. To make cream cheese layer: In medium bowl, mix cream cheese until creamy. Add powdered sugar and heavy cream; mix until smooth. Spread over cooled pecan crust. Refrigerate.
  5. Pudding Layer: In medium bowl, whisk egg yolks. Add milk; whisk until combined. Set aside.
  6. In separate medium bowl, whisk sugar, cocoa powder, cornstarch, flour and salt until combined.
  7. In saucepan over medium heat, add egg yolk mixture and flour mixture. Whisk constantly until pudding begins to thicken and bubble. Add butter and vanilla extract, stirring until butter is melted. Pour chocolate pudding into shallow bowl. Cover with plastic wrap touching pudding to keep it from forming skin. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  8. Pour pudding over cream cheese layer. Cover pie with plastic wrap. Refrigerate overnight.
  9. Whipped Cream Topping: In stand mixer bowl, add heavy cream, powdered sugar and vanilla extract. Whip until stiff peaks form. Spread whipped cream over pudding layer.
  10. Garnish: Drizzle pie with chocolate syrup and sprinkle with chopped pecans.

Servings: 8

Source: Culinary.net through Family Features

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