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November 23rd, 2014, 07:21 AM
1 (9-oz.) package chocolate wafers
1/2 cup finely chopped toasted pecans
1/2 cup butter, melted
2/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup cornstarch
2 tablespoons instant espresso
2 cups half-and-half
4 large egg yolks
2 ounces bittersweet chocolate baking squares, chopped
2 tablespoons butter
Coffee Whipped Cream

1. Prepare Crust: Preheat oven to 350░. Pulse chocolate wafers in a food processor 8 to 10 times or until finely crushed. Stir together wafer crumbs, pecans, and butter. Press on bottom, up sides, and onto lip of a lightly greased 9-inch pie plate. Bake 10 minutes. Cool completely (about 30 minutes).

2. Prepare Filling: Whisk together sugar and next 2 ingredients in a large saucepan. Whisk together half-and-half and yolks in a large bowl. Gradually whisk egg mixture into sugar mixture; bring to a boil over medium heat, whisking constantly. Boil 1 minute, whisking constantly; remove from heat.

3. Microwave chocolate in a small bowl at HIGH 1 1/2 minutes or until melted, stirring at 30-second intervals. Whisk 2 Tbsp. butter and melted chocolate into sugar mixture; spoon into prepared crust. Place plastic wrap directly onto filling (to prevent a film from forming). Chill 4 to 24 hours. Top with Coffee Whipped Cream just before serving.

Coffee Whipped Cream

2 cups heavy cream
1 tablespoon coffee liqueur
1/3 cup sugar

Beat heavy cream and coffee liqueur at medium-high speed with an electric mixer until foamy; gradually add sugar, beating until soft peaks form.

Note: We tested with Kahl˙a coffee liqueur.

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