Oh my, its a Southern Chocolate Pie



Growing up in Tennessee I was lucky enough to get to try all kinds of dishes from all the women in town. I have all of their recipes to this day saved up just waiting on me to make them. This recipe comes from Ms. May. Ms. May is no longer with us she passed away several years ago and was in her nineties, she was my pre-school teacher. She used to always bring this chocolate pie to any function. I made two of these pies one for us and one for my in-laws. Of course, I worked harder on the one for my in laws trying to make it as eye pleasing as possible and I wanted to take pictures of that one for you all. However, guess what? I completely forgot to take pictures and gave it to my husband to take to them before I realized what I had done, ahh I wanted to cry after spending the entire day in the kitchen baking and even making the crust from scratch. Sorry but my not so pretty picture will have to do ‘sigh’.

Of course you all do not have to make your own pie crust but here in Saudi I have never saw any frozen ones like we have back in the states. In addition, it is easy to make your own crust, just time consuming. If you have some extra time one day just make some and freeze them for later.

Pate Brisee:


2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon granulated sugar
1 cup cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
1/4-1/2 cup ice water
1 egg yolk, beaten

1. In a large mixing bowl, add flour, salt and sugar. With a hand mixer, mix well. Add the pieces of butter and process approximately 10 seconds or until it resembles "coarse meal."

2. Add ice water drop-by-drop while mixing with hand mixer, just until dough holds together without being wet or sticky.

3. Divide dough in half, with a rolling pin roll each piece into a thin circle. Chill in refrigerator at least an hour. After chilling gently, add dough into pie pan. Prick all over with fork. Brush egg yolk all over crust. Place pie weights ( I pour uncooked rice over mine) into pie and bake at 350 F for 20-25 minutes, until golden.

Yields: 2 pie crust

Chocolate Pie:
3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
2 tablespoons butter, softened
1/4 cup cornstarch
1 cup sugar
3 egg yolks, beaten (save egg whites)
1/4 teaspoon salt
2-1/2 cups milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
5 strawberries, sliced (optional)
Dream Whip

1. In a medium bowl mix cocoa, cornstarch, sugar and salt. Add egg yolks and milk, mixing well. In a large saucepan on medium heat, add mixture, stirring continuously until thick with pudding like consistency. Remove from heat add butter and vanilla, mix well.

2. Allow mixture to cook then pour into baked pie shell. Apply Dream Whip or meringue to the top of the pie, arrange sliced strawberries if using, refrigerate.

Yields: 1 nine inch pie

Meringue Topping:
3 egg whites
1/3 cup sugar

1. In a large mixing bowl with an electric mixer beat egg whites until soft peaks form, add sugar, beat.

7 fabulous comments:

UmmAbdurRahman said...

I also grew up in the South eating my fair share of chocolate pie. My grandmother made it for us quite often. She put a meringue on top instead and baked it in the oven to brown slightly. MMMMMMMMM Yummy memories. Thanks for sharing!

MamaFaMi said...

Thank God I am not a chocoholic or otherwise I'd be drooling over your scrumptious looking photo!

Mommy's Kitchen said...

Umm I love chocolate pie my recipe is almost exact but the topping is meringue. I to got mine from a friends elderly grandmother. Umm they make the best pie. It turned out beautiful.

Noor said...

The original recipe actually does have a meringue topping which I do like I just like whip cream better myself, lol. Usually I do make the whip cream if I do not make the crust but thats just a lot of work and dream whip taste the closet to home made whip cream not that store bought kind.

I will post the meringue for you all as well, its just egg whites and sugar.

meeso said...

Aren't these desserts the best!!! I always crave something like this, I could eat naughty food like this everyday!

Culinary Couture said...

I am making these tomorrow for guests. I need to know if the butter in the chocolate pie mixture is supposed to be melted? Also in the instructions it says "Allow mixture to cook then our into baked pie shell. " DO you mean allow it to cool? And last but not least, when we roll the crust out to chill, do we put it on wax paper or anything? Please get back to me asap

Noor said...

I just fixed that typo sorry about that. It is pour into and about the butter for the pie crust yes it should be cold butter. BUT it should be very small pieces. You want it cold and small so that it mixes well and then you will end up having a course mixture like that of cornmeal. You put the crust in the pie pan as if you were going to cook it and just pop that in the fridge to chill that way. Hope this helps you..

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