|1/3 cup||pecan pieces|
|1 cup||graham cracker crumbs|
|1/4 teaspoon||ground cinnamon|
|1/2 teaspoon||ground ancho chile|
|4 tablespoons||melted butter|
|2 ounces||SCHARFFEN BERGER 41% Cacao Rich Milk Chocolate (2/3 of a 3-ounce bar) finely chopped (reserve the rest of the bar in one piece, for garnish)|
|1/2 cup||SCHARFFEN BERGER Unsweetened Natural Cocoa Powder|
|1/4 teaspoon||salt scant|
|2 - 1/2 cups||whole milk|
|1/2 cup||heavy cream|
|6 ounces||SCHARFFEN BERGER 62% Cacao Semisweet Chocolate finely chopped|
|1 cup||heavy whipping cream|
|1/2 teaspoon||vanilla extract|
|Cinnamon stick (for grating) or pinches of ground cinnamon|
|ground ancho chile Pinches of|
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees with a rack in the lower third.
2. Finely chop or pulverize the pecans in a food processor. Mix the pecans with the graham cracker crumbs, sugar, salt, cinnamon, ancho chile, and butter. Press the mixture evenly and firmly over the bottom and sides (but not the rim) of the pie plate. Bake until the crust begins to set and colors slightly, 12-14 minutes.
3. If the crust puffs up while baking, press it gently back into place with the bottom of a spoon or custard cup. Remove the crust from the oven and sprinkle the chopped chocolate over the bottom. Let the chocolate soften for 1 to 2 minutes. Use the back of a spoon to spread chocolate over the bottom and sides of the crust. Cool and then refrigerate the crust to harden the chocolate, about 20 minutes.
1. In a heavy medium saucepan, whisk sugar, cocoa, cornstarch, and salt to blend. Add about 1/4 cup of the milk, and mix to form a smooth paste. Mix in the remaining milk and the cream. Using a heatproof spatula or wooden spoon, stir the mixture constantly over medium heat, scraping the bottom, sides, and corners of pan until pudding thickens and begins to bubble at the edges of the pot, about 5 minutes. Continue to cook and stir for 30 seconds.
2. Add the chocolate, and stir briskly until the chocolate is melted and the pudding is smooth, about 30 seconds longer. Remove the pan from heat and immediately scrape the hot pudding into the chocolate-coated crust. Let the pudding cool for one hour, undisturbed. Refrigerate the pie to set the pudding, or until serving.
1. Whip the cream, sugar, and vanilla until nearly stiff. Spoon dollops of whipped cream (or pipe it with a pastry bag fitted with a very large star tip) around the edge of the pie. Grate a little of the cinnamon stick (or sprinkle pinches of ground cinnamon) over the cream followed by pinches of ancho chile. Grate or shave a little of the remaining milk chocolate on top.
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