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German Chocolate Pie Shooters

German Chocolate Cream Pie Shooters

German chocolate, coconut and pecans in a rich pastry cream with fresh whipped cream.

The Sauce: German Chocolate Pastry Cream – Contrary to it’s name, pastry cream is made with milk, not cream, and in this case with coconut milk. It’s a tempered filling with a little more thickening agent than pastry cream used for cream puffs, cakes or other pastries. It slices into beautiful pie wedges and is loaded with German’s sweet chocolate and shredded coconut.

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The world is round

German chocolate is German, right? My friend Tamara tried my coconut cream pie and asked me how to convert it into a German Chocolate Pie. It’s a coconut lovers pie and who could argue that the addition of chocolate wouldn’t be heavenly. After a couple of requests it perked my interest enough to go back to my kitchen lab and test it.

In the process I found the world is round, not flat. I was sure German Chocolate was German. During my research and testing I discovered it’s not German but American. Read on for the story.

Baker's-German's-Sweet-Chocolate-BarGerman chocolate was originated by the Baker’s Chocolate Company back in the 1850’s. Named after its creator Sam German, a recipe for the first German’s Chocolate Cake was printed in a newspaper, except a misprint left off the ‘s’. The original recipe is printed inside the German’s Sweet Chocolate Bar box and has the now famous Coconut Pecan frosting.

German’s Sweet Chocolate is a semi sweet chocolate with extra sugar. So you could say it’s kind of a hybrid between semi sweet and milk chocolate. If you’re a milk chocolate fan, this may be a palatable compromise for the semi sweet fans in the house. This dessert is a twist on the original German’s Chocolate Cake with rich chocolate/coconut pastry cream and crunchy chopped pecans. Serve in shooters to compliment an appetizer and dessert buffet for New Year’s. It could also be served in parfaits, sherbets, ramekins or small dishes.

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Recipe: German Chocolate Cream Pie Shooters

Prep Time: 15 Min | Inactive Time: 1 Hour | Cook Time: 6 Min | Yield: 12 Servings | Level: Easy

five-egg-yolksGerman Chocolate Pastry Cream

  • 2/3 cup sugar, divided
  • 3 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 2 Tbsp cocoa, sifted
  • 5 eggs yolks
  • 1 14-ounce can coconut milk
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 cup sweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 4 oz German’s Sweet Chocolate Bar, divided
  • 2 Tbsp cold butter, cut in pieces
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup toasted coconut

Coconut Whipped Cream

  • 1/2 cup heavy cream, chilled
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 1/4 tsp coconut extract

Special Equipment – 12 5-ounce shooters

toasted-shredded-coconut1 Place 2 teaspoons of toasted coconut in the bottom of each shooter. Set aside.

Coconut Pie Filling
2 In a small bowl, whisk 1/3 cup sugar, cornstarch and cocoa. Add egg yolks and whisk until smooth. Set aside.

3 Combine the coconut milk, whole milk, 1/2 cup shredded coconut, 1/3 cup sugar and salt in a medium sauce pan over medium heat and bring to a simmer, stirring occasionally, takes about 3-5 minutes. Take off the heat.

stir-shredded-chocolate-butter-vanilla4 To temper the egg mixture, gradually whisk 3/4 cup of the hot coconut milk mixture into the egg mixture. Then pour the tempered egg mixture into the sauce pan with the remaining coconut milk mixture and bring back to simmer whisking constantly until the surface just begins to bubble and thicken, takes about 60 seconds. Take off the heat.

chocolate-Pastry-Cream-in-shooters5 Add 2 tablespoons cold butter, vanilla, 3 ounces shaved chocolate and whisk until everything melts. Stir in pecans. Pour into the shooters up to the top. Cover with plastic wrap placed directly on the filling to prevent a skin forming and chill for 1 hour or over night.

Coconut Whipped Cream
6 Just before serving, beat the cream with 2 teaspoons of sugar in a chilled bowl. Beat until soft peaks form and add the coconut extract. Continue to beat until stiff peaks form.

German-Chocolate-Pie-Shooters7 Dollop or pipe the whipped cream on the top of each shooter. Shred some of the remaining chocolate and sprinkle for a garnish.

Tempering is the process of gradually changing the temperature. Add the hot liquid into the egg mixture to slowly increase the temperature so the eggs don’t scrabble.

Coconut milk comes in a can and is different than cream of coconut (used in drink mixes).

For whole milk equivalent, use 14 tablespoons skim milk and 2 tablespoons heavy cream. It’s easy to measure by placing the cream in a one cup liquid measurer and adding skim milk to make 1 cup.

Bakers German’s Sweet Chocolate Bar is divided into squares. Use 14 squares for the pie filling and use some of the rest for the garnish.

rubber-band-around-shootersTo chill the shooters, place one piece of plastic wrap over all the shooters and place a rubber band around it to keep them from falling over while chilling.

Serve this dessert in small bowls, cups or ramekins.

For a white on white effect, sprinkle untoasted coconut on the top of the whipped cream.

Dish Designer

  • Exchange unsweetened coconut for sweetened coconut.
  • Exchange German’s Sweet Chocolate Bar for semi sweet chocolate.
  • Exchange coconut extract for vanilla in the whipped cream.

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Photographs by Helen Horton
Updated: January 1, 2013

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2 Responses to German Chocolate Cream Pie Shooters

  1. Audrey January 2, 2013 at 2:14 pm #

    The photography art is beautiful on this post. I love the colors, angles and lines. When we brought these to our friends’ house for games we had other choices but they gravitated to these. I think it was the out of the ordinary dessert that made these shooters more interesting. One said the shooter was “decadent”. And really the container makes it fun to eat. There might be some other containers that would be fun also.

  2. holly January 21, 2013 at 6:13 pm #

    Jonathan: LOVED IT!
    David: LOVED IT!
    Joseph: HOME RUN!
    Holly: Ooooo…Joseph is going to love these!

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