When I was a kid, each Sunday after church my family would hop into the station wagon and make our way to Highland Park Cafeteria in Dallas for lunch. I loved that place. The people were friendly and I could pick whatever I wanted from the cafeteria line (a dream for any kid!). Each week I’d race to the top of the stairs so I could take a long look at the rotating pie cabinet filled with dozens of pies. I would stand wide-eyed staring at the pies floating by and trying to decide which flavor to pick that week. Even with dozens of choices, I’d usually choose the chocolate pudding pie. A simple buttery crust, thick chocolate pudding and a mound of sweetened whipped cream.
Chocolate pudding pie is a classic dessert that is always a crowd-pleaser. It’s a great dessert to round-out a dinner party or b-b-que in the summertime. In this recipe, I use a grain-free crust and a homemade chocolate pudding that is super thick and creamy. And if you don’t want to turn on your oven, you can skip the crust and make parfaits with the thick, chocolate pudding, homemade whipped cream and a few berries.