A perfect summer dessert, this chocolate cream pie is silky and delicious. The perfect ratio of salt and sugar create a delicious graham cracker crust. Thick, dark chocolate pudding fills the crust and the whole pie rests in the fridge overnight. Cool and silky, this is the perfect way to satisfy your chocolate craving!
My husband, Kenny, and I love to host dinner parties. We invite friends, family, and coworkers to our tiny Palo Alto apartment and make them feel nurtured with a home-cooked meal. In our experience, nothing builds relationships quite like sharing a meal at home.
One challenge of living in Silicon Valley is that many of our friends and coworkers are transplants. They’ve packed up home and family to pursue the promise of IPO riches. With a different startup blossoming every month and the Tech giants being based in Silicon Valley, this area attracts smart folks from all around the world.
I never realized how lonely the life of a transplant could be until Kenny and I traveled Europe for 4 months. Being apart from friends and family for those short months was difficult and helped us build empathy for friends who’ve been away from home for years. We decided to use intimate dinner parties as a means to make our community feel close to home.
make ahead desserts
When these dinner parties first began, my stress levels were high. I always planned an overly ambitious menu and grossly underestimated cooking times. I’ve since become wiser and more conscious about quarreling with Kenny over what should be a fun event.
A few things I do to reduce dinner party stress are:
prepare one dish in advance (usually dessert)
cook one thing in the oven
cook one thing on the stovetop
ask guests to bring a veggie or side salad – makes people more involved with the meal and helps reduce my workload
For summer dinner parties, this chocolate cream pie is my favorite dessert to make in advance. Since it requires an overnight stay in the fridge, it’s the perfect dessert to whip up the day before. Just whip the cream right before you serve this dessert and be prepared to wow your guests!