Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Grandma's chocolate pie

There are pies and then there is my grandma’s chocolate pie.

It’s a luscious chocolate custard resting on a flaky, almost salty crust, topped with a springy meringue. For me, it’s la pièce de résistance and whether times are good or times are bad, it’s always welcome and appropriate.

I can’t remember a period in my life when it wasn’t my favorite dessert. My family has always been pie eaters, but we fall into several camps: there are the peach enthusiasts, the pecan lovers and then there are those of us who prefer the chocolate. My mom loves the chocolate best so that’s probably why it’s my (and my brother’s) favorite as well. But that doesn’t explain why Mom doesn’t make it. Nope, only one person can make my grandma’s chocolate pie and that’s my grandma.

When I went to visit her in August, I told her I wanted a chocolate pie. That was no surprise—I always insist that she bake me a chocolate pie when I visit. But this time I was determined to document her making it so I could try and recreate it back here in NY.

She had all the ingredients spread out on the counter and then I saw it: her recipe card. I hadn’t noticed before that she uses a recipe—I always assumed she baked chocolate pie from memory. The old card was yellowing and splattered with spots. And it called for Oleo as one of the ingredients. What a treasure! Before we started baking, I decided to take a photo of the card and as the light was waning in the kitchen, I took the card out to the front porch to shoot it before she started cooking.

I ended up spending more time than I meant to photographing the card. And as I saw the sun setting, I realized I should probably go back inside to watch her make the pie. Unfortunately, as I walked into the kitchen Grandma was sliding the chocolate pie into the oven. Curses! My original assumption was correct: she did not need a recipe card to make chocolate pie. And I had spent so much time shooting the dang card, I had missed my opportunity observe her crafting a chocolate pie.

Of course, being a brat, I whined: “Why didn’t you wait?” She replied that she didn’t know how long I’d be taking photos of the card and she had other important things to do, such as baking another pie—this one apple. “You’re welcome to photograph me making that,” she said. She had, however, left me a consolation prize: I could lick the bowl.

I’m disappointed that I missed the chance to photograph her making a chocolate pie but at least I have a photo of her recipe card. I know that it’s not quite the same, but it’ll just have to do, until next time.

Grandma’s chocolate pie
Filling ingredients:
4 tablespoons of cocoa or 1 1/2 squares of baking chocolate
3/4 cups of sugar
5 tablespoons of flour
1/4 teaspoon of salt
1 1/2 cups of milk
1/2 teaspoon of vanilla
2 egg yolks, beaten slightly
1 tablespoon of butter

Meringue ingredients:
2 egg whites
1/8 teaspoon of salt
4 tablespoons of sugar

Your favorite pie crust

Method:
Mix your sugar, flour, salt, cocoa, eggs and milk (all except vanilla and butter) with a whisk.
Cook while stirring on medium until it bubbles and thickens, about five to 10 minutes. If it becomes lumpy, just beat out the lumps. (It will not get any thicker in the oven so cook until it's as thick as you want it.)


Remove from heat and stir in your vanilla and butter. Meanwhile, poke holes in your pie crust with a fork and bake it at 350 until it’s brown, about 20 minutes.

Beat your egg whites with salt and when they start to get fluffy add the sugar. Pour the chocolate custard into the baked pie shell and top with the beaten egg whites. Bake it until it the peaks on the meringue are lightly browned, about 10 minutes.

Grandma says: “It’s real good hot, wonderful cold and you can even eat it frozen—then it’s like a popsicle!”

Note: All that's happening in the oven is the browning of the meringue. So be sure and keep cooking the custard in the pan until it's your desired consistency.

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Lori said...

WHAT A COINCIDENCE. Just today I mentioned my grandmother's chocolate meringue pie, and the fact that she didn't have a real recipe. i'm making your grandmother's pie this weekend. I totally adore this one, even more than pecan. and that's saying something.

Alice Q. Foodie said...

That looks delicious! I have family from the South, and my mom has a few of those recipe cards floating around in her "recipe drawer" - I will have to make sure they are preserved as they should be!

deceiverofmen said...

yum, i so want to make popsicles out of this.

Rebecca said...

this looks just like my grandmother's chocolate pie. thanks for sharing the recipe. while i'm not such a chocolate fan as an adult as i was as a child... it'd be a great treat to bake for my father, to stir his taste memories.

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

A delightful pie! Nothing compares to a family recipe! It looks wonderful!

Cheers,

Rosa

lisa said...

That's fantastic. The recipe card was a great find. My grandma's pie was butterscotch, but I don't have her recipe.

T said...

oh no! that made me sad. :(

i was excited at first because i thought we were going to learn the recipe, but then i was sad that we didn't. left me hanging! hopefully you visit your grandmother soon. i was looking forward to this pie! i love chocolate and i love good pies.. they're so hard to find... and the recipe card is good but i know from personal experience that those aren't always a true depiction. it's just the baker's innate ability to make something, you can't really put it into words.

i'm actually going to bake a pie today! i'm not kidding, i'm doing it in an hour or so... it's my "famous" pumpkin pie. everyone loves it, and it's better than any pumpkin pie i've had before... i was gonna post my recipe.. i'll let you know when i do. :o) french pâte brisée.. organic ingredients. yummy stuff.

i hope to hear more of your grandmother's chocolate pie, it looks amazing!

Joanna said...

I have never had chocolate pie. In fact, I've never even heard of chocolate pie. But with a story like this - and look at that meringue! - I don't know how I could possibly resist. Chocolate pie here I come!!

Mandy said...

Being from the south, I know what you mean aboiut there being different types of pie eaters. I'm a lemon meringue and my husband's a pecan pie.

Cheri (aka "The Mom Lady") said...

I found your site today doing a search for the recipe for Central Market/HEB's Love Dip. Who knew I'd find a fellow Texan in the search?? I live in Katy, which you will well known is just west Houston these days. We've lived all over the world (England twice, Norway, Caribbean (Trinidad & Tobago), New Orleans - sorry but that IS a foreign country in a lot of ways - as well as Chicago twice, Houston four times and a short stint in good ole Bay City) ending up in Katy after repatriating from London back in late 05. And my vanity plate on my car? TEXPAT - cause I'm a Texas expatriate!

Love reading your blog and the recipes (you did, afterall, have the Love Dip recipe!) and enjoy reading your Texas-isms. Living overseas for almost 20 years, we pretty quickly found our fellow-Texans and kept our "foodie heritage" alive and well. And if we came across a military family, we'd beg, borrow and steal to get actual MONTERREY JACK CHEESE! And I unashamedly admit that I am defined by my chicken fried steak recipe (and chicken finger recipe which is the same except for the meat). People have been known to BECOME ill so they can get that brought to them in pity!

So, hello, glad to meet you, and looking forward to what you have to share/write in the future!

Any Little Reason said...

I think we share a grandmother - mine makes a mean chocolate pie and just like yours, she always gets out the recipe card even though she doesn't so much as glance at it. My husband (who is not from the South and had never heard of chocolate pie) thought I was insane until he tried hers - now he's hooked.

Lamanda said...

OMG! Is your grandmother's chocolate pie cooked in an iron skillet? Cause those pictures look just like my Granny's chocolate skillet pie. It's truly wonderful to have something special like that in your life - a sweet and wonderful, giving woman who makes something so delicious!

Mike said...

Terrific !!!...that 3X5 index card looks like a million ones that are spread out over this fine land. Also, is it me or do all "grannys" have the EXACT same penmanship ?

Outstanding !

Amy C Evans said...

oh, no you didn't. chocolate meringue pie? really. and your grandmother's flippin' recipe for all to see?! you know what you've done? you've made me want to bake--and eat!--a chocolate meringue pie, that's what you've done! thank you ;)

Amy C Evans said...

also, i love the "use three eggs if you wish" on the recipe card. and the general layering of info added at different times and in different inks. and i love your grandmother.

Homesick Texan said...

Lori--That is a coincidence! Glad to helo!

Alice Q. Foodie--Last summer, I photocopied a ton of my family's cards just in case something happens to them--they're very precious!

Deciverofmen--My grandma swears by it frozen--matter of fact, it might now be her favorite way to eat the pie.

Rebecca--You're father will love you for it!

Rosa--Thanks! It IS wonderful!

Lisa--Oh! That's such a shame! Does anyone in your family have her recipe?

T--Well, I got the recipe, I just didn't get to document the process, so it's not a total loss! Happy pie baking!

Joanna--It must be a Southern thing but boy howdy is it good! Everyone needs to have a slice of chocolate pie at some point in their life!

Mandy--I wouldn't say no to lemon meringue nor pecan. It's all good!

Cheri--Welcome! And what a peripatetic life! Glad you found some recipes and I look forward to seeing you again.

Any Little Reason--Yep, it's addictive.

Lamanda--No, she cooks it in just a regular pie plate, though I don't see why she couldn't make it in an iron skillet.

Mike--I think that penmanship is called the Palmer method, something I don't think they teach anymore.

Amy--Oh, yes I did! And go bake and eat some pie, it's good for you. Don't forget, the higher the meringue the closer to God!

kkryno said...

What Mike said about penmanship! That card took me straight to my Grama's kitchen. She could have written that recipe out herself! I'm gonna give this recipe a humble try. One of my Grama's most memorable phrases was, "We don't have any butter, but we have Oleo." I loved this post! :)

Lisa's Mom said...

Since it's my birthday week, nothing better than seeing a picture of my mother's chocolate pie. I tried to make it for Lisa's brother Jacob's wedding as one of the 11 pies and two huge Mountain Mamas that we made instead of a groom's cake. Alas, as usual, it wasn't up to Mother's, though she was kind and said that her's was runny, too, sometimes.

Two Thumbs said...

Wow! Even without the pictures that looks and sounds DELICIOUS!!

debianne said...

My Grandmother lived at Possum Kingdom Lake - whenever we visited she made a chocolate and vanilla meringue pie. I have a copy of the recipe she wrote out for me...it calls for butter, the size of a small egg!
Such great memories.

Anonymous said...

Looks just like my NaNa's chocolate pie. Is she also from Texas and if so where? I miss this pie so much since having gone gluten free, so thanks for the yummy look!

janna said...

I think I need to make a chocolate pie! And you should have your grandma write that recipe off for you -- it's not quite the same of having her card with all the spots and stains, but I've got several in my grandma's handwriting, with spots and stains I've put there, and it's almost like have Grandma in the kitchen with me.

Basics said...

This is just incredible. The pie looks just like the one's my mother in West Texas has cooked for us for 50 years. Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

Up in New England, where I'm originally from, the chocolate pie is the cream variety. A regular pie crust, chocolate pudding, and whipped cream. My Irish grandfather made a fantastic one. Homemade pudding, very dark chocolate, and real whipped cream.

Chocolate pie is my favorite, though I love all kinds of pie. I'll be sure to try your grandma's, it looks devine. Thanks for sharing this with us. :)

Mares

Sara said...

Just like Mike said, I think all grandmothers have the same writing. It looks EXACTLY like my grandmother's writing, except her recipe is for strawberry cake. Delicious!

Jim and Heather on Meerkat said...

Lucky, lucky you to have a grandmother to share this with... What a giant smile that brings to me :) and that smile could only be bigger if I had a piece of that pie in front of me...

Anonymous said...

Hey, I know that pie!!!!! You know what--I love the shot of the recipe card, too. If you don't mind, send it in with the next batch...

Kim

Tea said...

I love the picture of the pie in her hands. So moving.

Kevin said...

That pie looks good!

heidigoseek said...

I was looking for a pie to make for a good friend of mine who helped me recently. He will love this, I just know it. It's usually the simple recipes that get it right.
Been lurking around for a while...definitely my favorite blog. Thanks:)

McMGrad89 said...

The salty slightly salty crust is almost a must to make a good chocolate pie. It's the same reason we like things like caramel popcorn and nuts. Okay, I am going to go back to snacking on the bag of peanut m&ms' in my desk drawer. Hope the kids don't see.

Homesick Texan said...

Kkryno--Grandma still says Oleo--I had to ask what that was!

Mom--Happy birthday! Glad seeing the pie made you happy!

Two Thumbs--It's divine!

Debianne--How descriptive--I love it!

Anon--Yes, my grandma is from North Texas.

Janna--She's always asking what I want for my inheritance, so I think I'm going to ask for those recipe cards!

Basics--You're welcome--it's a Texas treat!

Mares--Chocolate cream pie is definitely what you find up here--rarely do you see a chocolate meringue pie.

Sara--The grandma penmanship! I wish my handwriting was as pretty as hers.

Jim and Heather--Her pies have brought millions of smiles.

Kim--Will do!

Tea--She was a real trooper--I made her stand in the yard and model for hours!

Kevin--Indeed it is!

Heidigoseek--Aw, thank you! And anyone that loves chocolate will love this!

McMrGrad89--I agree, it's the crust that makes this pie.

maggie said...

I don't think I've ever had chocolate pie!!

I love recipe cards, though—I photocopied some of my mom's from both grandmothers, but it's not the same as the crumbling, stained ones, with all that sweet grandmother handwriting.

Rachete said...

My grandmother makes great chocolate pie too. This has brought back some good memories. :)

Darlene said...

WOW that looks sooo ummmy yummmy good ....My mom makes a pie kinda like that one it is called a fudge pie ( bigg emphasis on the fudge part) we like it hot with a big glass of ice cold milk ....if we have a reunion with mom's family and she does not bring at least three she is almost thrown out of the family ....lol and if someone is pregnant in the family then Aunt Minner ( my mom) has to make the lil mommy to be a pie for the mommy and then one for anyone else who might be around . lol thanks for sharing !!!

Nandoism™ said...

Another Texan living in NEW YORK and bringing back Old Southern Cooking! Yay! I can't wait to try this recipe. I'm a new reader and I'm totally hooked!

Shauna said...

I always joke that the pie gene skipped a generation with me, both my mother and 6 yr old son hold it in the highest esteem. My mom uses my 'lil guy as an excuse to drop by with pie. Truth is I enjoy it too. :)

Meeta said...

ummm! this is simply delicious. i really like pies and i agree mums/granmas pies are always the best. i am so craving this right now!

Jessica AKA Pickles said...

Wow. I've spent the past 2 hours looking through every page of this blog.
1. the pictures are AMAZING... great job
2. the recipes look awesome ( being a fellow Texan that grew up on these favorites I know what looks legit as should any other Texan)
3. I'm soooo happy to have found them now. I'm at the moment in Norway as an exchange student and I missed the tastes of home.

I've got you booked on my reader.

Kimberly said...

I'm a born and raised Texan living the the Northwest, and love your blog! Your recipes remind me of my childhood and make me so hungry!

Coleen said...

I swear that could be right from my Mema's recipe file!!!

~Madeline~ said...

I love the photo of your Grandmother holding the pie. It's very endearing and makes the pie look even more appealing. I like to call those, "magic hands."

Daziano said...

Oh my!! This pie looks just spectacular!!! It reminds me of chocolate crostata!!!

Sarah McColl said...

I had totally forgotten about chocolate pie. I loved the version in my elementary school cafeteria, but i have a feeling this will be a MORE than adequate stand-in! I cannot wait to make this, Lisa, thank you (and Grandma!).

Scribbit said...

I am making this tomorrow. That's a promise.

WWaite said...

I've never heard of chocolate pie either. Looks delicious and I think I'll give it a try tomorrow when I pick my granddaughter up from nursery. She's three and loves making things with me.

Hope I've translated the ingredients correctly. I assume it's plain flour and not self raising.

Bee said...

I can just imagine what that recipe card looked like! My grandmother used to write "oleo" on her recipe cards, too.

I can't wait for this recipe! I love chocolate and coconut cream pie, and yet I've never made either.

Dawn Colclasure said...

I am soooo glad I stumbled upon this blog. That pie looks delicious and I'm going to try the recipe.

Farmer Jen said...

Your Grandmother's writing looks just like my Mom's did on her recipe cards. Wonderful story and amazing looking pie. I've always wanted a homemade chocolate pie recipe. Thank you so much. I love your blog. It brings back fond memories of my college years in Austin.

Diane said...

ahhh...heaven. I always had chocolate pie for my birthday when I was growing up in my Grandmother's home. I have been thinking about making one for the past couple of weeks...Bless your heart!

Rob said...

O my goodness! That looks amazing! I definitely need to set aside some time so I can try it out. Looks like a dorm-ready recipe, which is always a plus *laugh*.

PS, your Grandmother's handwriting looks just like my maternal grandmothers!

mysweetestday said...

aw, i love family recipes! :]

PaniniKathy said...

Oleo! What a find - definitely a recipe worth saving. Looks absolutely delicious!

Biff Loman said...

That looks like a piece-a heaven on a plate right there.

fulgdevara said...

that looks sooo gooodddddd

Farmgirl Susan said...

Your stories are as scrumptious as your recipes! Would you believe I've never tasted - or even heard of - chocolate meringue pie? What a deprived life I've led. This recipe looks like the perfect way to remedy a very pathetic situation. : )

Anonymous said...

Your story rings so true for me. My grandmother made the best banana creme pie! I would visit her and that would be my breakfast, lunch and dinner. She would always make one just for me. Little did I know that when she passed away so did her recipe and technique. I have yet to find a banana creme pie to match hers. Thank you for sharing and taking the time to at least capture her recipe card and thank you for allowing me to recall some really fantastic memories....

Anonymous said...

Being a good ol' Texas boy,I have had my share of chocolate pies.My grandmother made the best pie,of course.They were so good my cousin & I would always beg her to make us each one to take home,which she did with much love.Well now thats gone,God bless her,I have tried to carry on the pie making with her recipe but of course its just not the same.My wife says it could never be because its missing all that love.

I stumbled across your blog today & find it real enjoyable,thanks & I look forward to reading it in the future.

Homesick Texan said...

Maggie--Aren't recipe cards a treasure?

Rachete--Glad the post brought back such great memories.

Darlene--A tall glass of milk is the perfect beverage to accompany pie.

Nandoism--Welcome! Enjoy!

Shauna--That sounds like the way I always say I don't have a sweet tooth, though in fact it's apparent that I do have at least a bit of one.

Meeta--Grandmas indeed make the best pie!

Jessica AKA Pickles--Welcome! And being in Norway you are far from home! Good luck cooking, give a holler if you have any questions.

Kimberly--Thank you!

Coleen--Ha!

Madeline--That is the perfect term!

Daziano--I'm not familiar with chocolate crostata--I'll have to research that.

Sarah McColl--Your elementary school had chocolate pie? Wow! I don't think we were allowed to have desserts at mine, thus the appeal of bake sales.

Scribbit--Enjoy!

WWaite--I love hearing about you and your granddaughter baking together--she'll treasure those memories forever. And yes, the flour is not self rising

Bee--You should try making them--they're not that difficult.

Dawn--Hope it works for you!

Farmer Jen--I talked to my grandma, and she did say it was the Palmer method that made all of them have the same pretty handwriting. And thank you!

Diane--Yep, it's the perfect pie for birthdays. Good report cards, too!

Rob--I hope it's dorm ready!

Mysweetestday--Aren't they the best?

PaniniKathy--I know! All of her recipes call for Oleo!

Biff Loman--It is indeed heavenly!

Fulgdevar--Thank you

Farmgirl Susan--Seriously? You've been missing out if you've never had chocolate pie.

Anon--I hear you on the breakfast, lunch and dinner front! And good luck in your search for a banana cream pie up to your standards. I wish I could help but I don't have a recipe, sadly.

Anon--Ah yes, love is a crucial ingredient!

It Is What It Is said...

I love it... My grandmommie (mom's) specialty is pecan pie but then I'm from GA. I've linked you on my blog (hope that's ok). I'm impressed... but I advise against visiting here if you're hungry.

Brandon Jones said...

I litterally stumbled onto this site by accident but I am so glad that I did! You write so beautifully that I couldn't help but continue reading and your photos are so enticing that I could almost taste them. I can't wait to try some of your recipes in my kitchen, although I'm sure they won't be as tasty as if you had made them! Brandon from Nacogdoches, TX

Grandma Jean said...

Yes, Lisa's grandmother did learn by the Palmer writing method; unfortunately she did not master the quality of Lisa's Grandmother Fain. The chocolate pie tradition began as a reward for good grades or encouragement when a child could do better. It morphed into a birthday tradition as well. Fifty years ago the recipe was featured in a women's magazine, source forgotten.

Paloma said...

Your photos are fabulous - such good perspective! I especially like the one of your grandma holding the pie. With the holidays coming up, I'll have a good reason to try your recipe. Great post!

Chrissie said...

That pie looks so good. My granny used to make them every Sunday. Loved it. Her recipes look just like that card except they were folded up pieces of paper.
Take care

Margaret said...

You know, all Grandmas probably do have the same handwriting because they used to teach penmanship in elementary school. All the letters were usually arranged on the top part of the wall, around the schoolrooms, all in cursive swirls, first the capital letter and then the "little letter." There were also penmanship workbooks to practice in. I went to a lot of schools across the US and almost all had those letters going around the top of the walls.

San Francisco Photos said...

WOW, I love this blog and the photos are so complimentary to the look of this blog! Congrats on the blogs of note and keep up the great work!

Enviro Pirate said...

My mother and grandmother use a similar recipe. Mom sometimes tweaks it a bit and makes peanut butter pie instead. Both are equally delicious.

An Ugly Girl said...

None of my grandmothers are really pie bakers. I don't have the traditional, dessert-smelling grandma, it seems. Still, I want to be the pie baking grandmother one day. =D That recipe sounds utterly delicious.

Sarcasm is just one more service I offer. said...

My grandma makes a chocolate pie too and try as we might it never comes out quite the same when anyone else in the family tries to make it. I will definately give your recipe a go and see what happens. Thanks :o)

Kelly said...

What a beautiful blogger you are!

Also, I just talked to Texas. She says she is just as homesick for you.

Alexis said...

This pie looks amazing! I'm looking for Thanksgiving recipes for our website next month. Sweet potato pie, stuffing, pumpkin pie...
any suggestions?
Http://www.hitherandyonder.com

cora said...

hope you dont mind. I love the down home feel of your blog. I've added you to my blogs I'm following

yellowspringscrochet said...

Wow, that looks delicious!

Anne Stesney said...

Love the new design, Lisa. And I don't blame you for being a brat. I'd wanna see that delicious pie come to life as well.

Paula said...

Oh my gosh, my hubby is literally going to go wild when he sees this. His mom used to bake this pie for him, and when she passed away, the recipe went with her. Every time we have pie, he talks about this combo of choc and meringue. Everyone always tells him to eat it with whipped cream, but he prefers the meringue. Ooooh, you are going to make him soooo happy!

Adam Hart said...

Looks tasty

Nicole said...

What is it about Grandmothers? My baking talents comes from mine, I just wish she was of sound mind to know the amazing things she has passed down. The picture of your grandmother's hands holding the pie? PRICELESS!

Meg said...

I tripped over your blog under the Blogs of Note at Blogger...your grandmother's pie recipe looks absolutely wonderful! I may have to try it this weekend IF I can convince my daughter to help me.

Margot Is Your Hero said...

It looks delish.

Your so lucky you get your grandma to still make you the pie. I wrote a blog recently because one of the best things my Oma made while she was alive was something I swore I hate and never even tried.

I finally baked it myself after she had passed, a whole new thing to mourn.

harpsichord.gal said...

This looks absolutely divine. Can't wait to try it.

harpsichord.gal said...

This looks absolutely divine. I can't wait to try it.

the filipina mistress said...

I'm seriously salivating here. Everything looks delicious!

I might just pass by the bakery later today. LOL...

Just started reading your blog. Keep up the good work!

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

Lisa~
You are a rock star!

That photo is amazing. I would love nothing more than to sit with grandma and learn how she bakes a pie. That is a treasure.

Christina said...

Making this today for a friend's birthday--it looks great!

Annie said...

I never heard of chocolate pie before I stumbled on Hazel Smith's recipe at http://www.cmt.com/news/articles/1530331/05052006/id_0.jhtml last year. I made it because it was so easy, just for kicks, and gave the second one to my son's friend who is always letting him stay overnight. Yours is way more serious and looks fabulous!

Isle Dance said...

Amazing posts.

Stephanie said...

I just made this and it is heaven! Just like my birth Mom use to make only BETTER! Thanks to your Grandma!

Michelle said...

I have some of these yellowed cards from my grandmother. I'm so glad now that I've never re-written them! They look remarkably alike, in fact!

She sure is strange! said...

OMG, just made this with dark chocolate cocoa powder and slightly less sugar(2/3 heaping cup). Oh lordy that's good pie!! We skipped the meringue part, neither of us like it that much. Still heaven though!

Molly

Olivia said...

Hmmm it sounds heavenly. I have to admit to liking pecan pie, although I used to pick off the pecans because I only like the texture and taste of the filling and crust!

Anonymous said...

I couldn't take my mind off this pie for a few days, and today I finally made it!! It was great, especially the crust!! Next time, I am going to skip the meringue and just add fresh whipped cream. Thanks for the recipe.

Crafty Chick said...

I have no business baking something like this, but as soon as I saw your pictures I had to try it - will let you know what I think later! Love the photos.

Evan J said...

chocolate is always an appropriate choice, the different "pie eater camps" are very strong in my family as well

alexis said...

This recipe prompted me to make my first ever pie and boy, was it worth it! Delicious! Wouldn't your grandma be tickled to know that people from all over the country were making her pie?

Milwaukee Girl said...

Cute! I'll have to try the pie. A few years back I used my Grandma's recipe and had to ask a stranger what the heck Oleo was!

ann said...

Every time you talk about your grandma, she just sounds awesomer and awesomer! The pie looks SO DELICIOUS. Now I want pie for breakfast, thanks Lisa ;-)

Nimble said...

My husband (from Austin) will die when I make him a chocolate pie. I may have sneered when he told me about chocolate pies in the past - I was thinking of big gooey slices at the cafeteria. But this sounds really good, I can't argue with chocolate custard with meringue on top. And thank you for the link to the piecrust recipe. I look forward to trying to overcome my piecrust disability.

Heidi said...

oh I saw these and I am hungry

greetings from gemany

Emily said...

I made your pie after thinking about the picture all day and it was so yummy!

Roshni Mitra Chintalapati said...

That looks so good! I'm waiting for when you actually do get a chance photographing her making the pie!

Sparky ♥ ∞ said...

Wow, my mouth is watering! Having grandma cook a good pie brings back happy memories. I lost my gran in 1981 and I miss her baking.
Sparky ♥ ∞ (Patterson, Georgia)

jrkog said...

This must be a Grandma thing. Her chocolate pie was my birthday cake for many years. It sounds like they had the same recipe. Since I tend to burn PB&J, I think I'll have my wife try out your (her) recipe.

Snippo said...

I baked two apple pies yesterday.
I think they were a hit...
Cause they are all gone!

Drew said...

I too am a homesick Texan. That is a good title. The food looks delicious. I just noticed the page on the "blogs of note" section.

sanjit said...

just discovered your blog.. the pie looks delicious. Congrats!

Jerry said...

Lisa~
Ahhh pie! Fabulous pie! Is there anything better? Of course I'm in the apple and pumpkin camp, but peach in the summer! Oh and my blueberry cream pie is to die for. Funny story to that one. Guess you could say I'm the savior in the family for that pie.
Now if only I could persuade you to send me a piece of chocolate. I've never had it.

Ada said...

I'm chocolate pie North Texas gal. I could swear we're related somehow. One homesick Texan to another, HUGS! Keep up the great bloggin'!

Ada said...

...the handwriting is even the same....eerie. :)

Pami said...

Can she make a Lemon Meringue Pie?? Bet she can! Chocolate and Lemon...not together...Those are my favorites! Lemon is my husband's favorite. Your grandmother bakes like me! I'm a southerner,too...Tennessee!

Julie said...

Wow! Look at all this reaction to your grandmother's pie. Does she knew she's an internet superstar? It certainly is a great looking pie.

Anonymous said...

I had to laugh. My Mema makes a chocolate creme pie--at least that's what we call it, but it looks just like that one. Yes, we're a Texan family. Mema lives in Beaumont. Makes me wonder if it could be the same recipe. I'll have to get a copy of hers to compare. . .

She's made this pie for years. And told each of her grandchildren that she makes it JUST for that one. With seven kids, she's got quite a few grandchildren. I'm a great grand. But my Daddy still firmly believes that Mema makes that pie just for him every Thanksgiving.

DMartin

Paula Hennig said...

Cute story! Love the pic of your Grandma holding the pie. Makes me miss watching my grandmother bake!

elizabethcarroll said...

Just found your blog the other day! Fantastic - love the recipes and the photos!

You picked NY over Texas? The atrocity! ;) My parents moved from the Bronx and Queens to Texas years ago so I have a taste for both!

Andrea said...

SWEET JESUS!!!!! I JUST MADE THIS PIE AND IT ROCKS!!!! Thank you, thank you, thank you! Seriously people, make this pie...it is so easy and so yummy. P.S. I went fancy and used valrhona cocoa powder, yum!

Ricardo Candeias said...

Wow a chocolate pie, now that's to die for, I just love beautiful and tasty deserts like that. I would love and authentic recipe for Real thick American Pancakes.
Well I've done some (see my site http://ricocoffeeshop.blogspot.com ) however I always thought real American ones were thicker. Maybe I am wrong. Keep cooking my fried. Maybe you would like to try some of my continental recipes.

Jesse said...

My husband's family is from west Texas and he always begs me to make chocolate pie like the kind he grew up eating... well, my family hails from the midwest and are just transplanted into Texas, so I wasn't raised on southern foods... .I think I'll make his Thanksgiving with this put!

Judy B. Houston Texas said...

A few years ago, as I was going to an Antique Show in Round Top, Texas, I pulled into a hill side home with a large sign posted, Garage Sale. It seems the owner, an elderly lady, was giving up her home to live in an assisted living facility. All of her life long personal belongings were displayed in the yard, etc. Even an old "wringer washing machine". Since I love to cook/bake, I headed for her kitchen wares. Tucked among some dishes was a large zip-lock bag chock full of hand-written recipes on index cards (yes, stains and all) plus other recipes she had clipped from magazines, boxes, etc. My heart tugged at this and I bought the entire bag for a whopping 25 cents. I went through the contents once, and after seeing your blog and your grandmother's chocolate pie, this evening I'm finding that little bag and will relish going through it for the "Little Lady's" cherished recipes with a new perspective. Better yet, I will make some of her recipes in her honor.

Kristina said...

Hi!
I baked this pie today! And it was WONDERFUL. It did'nt look lite the picture so much though... I might not have cooked the custard long enough. Or maybe the ingredients are different here in Ireland from Texas. =) But it tasted so very good. Thank you for a great recipe and a great blog!

heidigoseek said...

Made it and it was fab-u-lous. I really want to freeze it next time. I screams "future fudgesicle" to me:)

renee said...

i am totally going to make this for my grandma's 94th birthday this saturday! she calls herself a chocoholic. hee hee.

your grandma sounds super spunky and fun!

your new-ish site design looks awesome!

thanks for the story and the recipe.

Melissa said...

This is like my mom's chocolate pie. She made them often when I was growing up. I haven't had one in years and now I'm a homesick Tennessean. It's amazing what you take for granted when you're growing up and then move away and certain things take on a whole new importance.

ShabbyInTheCity said...

Me too...my grandmother made them and she was diabetic...I never appreciated her enough.
Chocolate meringue pie is the world's best food hands down!!!!

laura said...

her hand... the pie... it's beautiful. and it makes me sad/heartsick/jealous/happy all at the same time.

Louis Tamasi said...

I still have all my mothers and grandmother's recipes preserved in the recipe card book I gave mom when I was in 1st grade. Many of the recipes are "secret" recipes that have been handed down over the generations, some even coming from old Hungary originating with my great-great-grandmother. It's always wonderful to preserve these bits of family history.

Jo said...

The chocolate pie looks delicious.It looks exactly what i remember my Grandmother and my Mother making. I'm also a homesick Texan. I grew up in a place not far from Stephenville.I now reside in Kansas but my heart's still in Tx.I love your site keep up the great work

Style For Miles said...

After a fruitless search for a pineapple pie recipe (one built off of a classic cream pie base), I stumbled on to this recipe. It looks fantastic. I'm going to give it a shot. By the looks of it, it looks just like my Grandmother Nanny's recipe: rich and chocolatey. Thanks for giving "Yankees," as my family calls pretty much any non-Texan, a glimpse of great Texan cuisine.

Only one complaint, though - oleo is NOT butter. It's margarine. In East Texas, where my family's from, butter and oleo are not interchangeable. Searching on the web, I found this: "Until 1952, U.S. law required that margarine producers use the name "oleomargarine" to describe their product."

Anonymous said...

I'm on a limited budget until my second job kicks in and I have been searching the internet (mainly food blogs) for recipes to make using ingredients that I already have or cheap, inexpensive meals that don't have a lot of ingredients to buy and I stumbled across your blog and clicked on your "Chocolate Pie" recipe. I made this tonight and was very impressed. It tastes delicious. There are a few more recipes that you have posted that I am saving (some for non-working night meals and some for quick meals). Thank you.

Amy C Evans said...

I am SO making this pie to celebrate today's holiday, National Pie Day! I just blogged about it too. Many thanks to you and your wonderful grandma. XO + pie, Amy

architheque said...

"Add 2 T of sugar for every egg white."

I'm going to guess that's -before- you "pour the chocolate custard into the baked pie shell and top with the beaten egg whites," instead of after?

Or does the sugar get sprinkled -over- the egg whites after they've been poured in the pan?

I want to make sure I get it right. :)

Nirav V. Patel said...

Thanks for helping me cook a great Valentine's dinner. It was my first attempt at making a chocolate pie. Missing Texas in Pittsburgh. +nirav

Suzy Thompson - Texas DFW Homes said...

This is very very similar to my grandma's chocolate pie. I know hers is equal parts cocoa and flour though. She's the only one in the family that makes it and she'll be 99 next month, so I better ask her if she has that written down!

Edie said...

Hello fellow Texan! I can only imagine how you miss it. I love chocolate pie and family recipes. There's nothing like great food to carry on family traditions and create memories that last for a lifetime.

Ashley said...

I stumbled upon this recipe while searching for a not-so-sickeningly sweet chocolate pie recipe. Thanks for sharing! I made this pie according to directions, but used my mother's crust recipe. Other than my egg whites weeping a bit (personal error), this was a really tasty pie that fulfilled my desire for something less-sweet.

I really loved the chocolate custard, and how easy it was to make... that is, I didn't have to run out for heavy cream or anything... I had all of the ingredients in my house. I think the next time make this, I'm going to chill the custard in crust and later add a whipped cream top, just to sweeten it up as an alternative.
Again, Thanks for sharing!

Ingrid said...

I made this pie and yummo!! Thanks for the recipe, I've been wanting to make a pie like this for a long time now! Can't wait to try it again :)

Anonymous said...

I'm going to try this pie today and husband is in love with chocolate pies i'll let you know if he like's it or not my mother has my great great grandmother's reciepe box it's in excellent condition and it even smells like it has been a kitchen were somebody cooked constantly. Good luck ( keep that reciepe close to you heart Kim, North Caroina

Amber said...

I love grannies....and I love the pic of your grandmother's hand and the pot holder...I bet those pot holders have served your granny very well through quite a number of years. As a TEXAN currently living in France I search the supermarches for anything closely resembling the ingredients I need for good ol' home cookin'....and today I just happen to have everything for grandma's pie. Go Granny! Go TEXAS! Go PIE! Thank you!

Amber

Larry (born in Big Lake) said...

That chocolate pie looked just like the one my Granny made. When we would go visit her from Florida, she would be up and have one baked before breakfast. My grandparents lived outside of Coleman.

Anonymous said...

What an absolutely wonderful, delicious treat ! If there was a rating system here, 5 stars would not be enough. Thanks for sharing this terrific recipe.
Helen

Adriana said...

I made this recipe for our Easter dessert using the crust from the pecan pie recipe. It was delicious, almost dangerous! Very, very nice. I will be making it again. Thanks!

JeannaMO said...

I see you have a ca-zillion comments here. But I'm in Missouri and believe it or not THIS IS MY CHOCOLATE PIE RECIPE TOO! I got it from a lady who worked at our law firm until she was 86 years old!

I have to tell you also that I make this filling, pour it into a bowl and serve scoops of it over hot regular old baking powder biscuits! We ate "puddin' -n- biscuits" when I was little growing up in Florida, but my mom used "boxed cook puddin'". Preferring scratch cooking, I now use this recipe when I want "puddin -n- biscuits! You have to try it. But, serve it warm! Cold doesn't do it justice!

Anonymous said...

I'm going to make the pie this weekend. I've been searching for a good chocolate pie recipe for my book discussion group when we read "The Help" by Kathryn Strockett. A chocolate pie is mentioned in the book, with hilarious results. Thanks for posting this wonderful recipe.

Lizzy said...

This is the best chocolate pie recipe ever! It tastes just like what my grandma used to make!

Thanks!
Lizzy - another homesick Texan.
www.lizzygoesdutch.blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

Ok Texan,

I found your blog accidentally, while looking for a chocoalate pie recipe. It is amazing with all the recipes on the net how few there are for plain old chocolate pie. And I am stunned, after reading through these posts, that there are people who have never heard of chocolate pie. What a shame.

Well, I tried another recipe first and it failed. I am a fairly decent cook and chocolate pie was a request from my husband, so in my eyes, failure was not an option. I was determined to get it right. When I tried your recipe he said, "You got it". Thank you so much for posting your story and your recipe. To my surprise the story was as good as the pie. Funny how home cookin' can be as good as a good story. At least it can when it's southern.

Now, on your next trip home, if you could video your Grandma making her crust (I KNOW they're homemade) and post it on youtube, that would be great. My crusts taste good, but are NOT pretty! I need a Grandma's help!

Thanks Texan, for the recipe that will stay on my frig!

Annie

wyldtxn53 said...

Wow, now that I have discovered this site, I can't seem to leave. I guess nothing I need to do will get done today. Great posting! The pie sounds divine but the recipe card was the piece de resistance. I love looking from my mother-in-laws 1950's Better Homes and Gardens cookbook. She has recipes clipped inbetween the pages from friends and newpaper articles. It's a treat to use it. My mother still has a cookbook that her mom used where you were told to use a pinch of this and a handfull of that! Speaking of my mother, she made a sinfully rich chocolate pie which was made with honey not sugar. She can't remember the recipe any longer and I was wondering if anyone out there knew of one. She made hers with a graham cracker crust but a regular crust would be fine too. I love it one person in the family reigns supreme over a recipe. My Aunt "E" makes the most incredible coconut cream pie you ever put in your mouth and no one else in the family will even try. We all fight over getting her to make one when we get together. The problem is we all want OUR OWN INDIVIDUAL PIE not just a piece. Now I really need to go do something productive!

Anonymous said...

Just finished baking this delectable chocolate pie. Thanks to you and your grandma!

Groucho said...

Dear Lisa,

I discovered ur blog while looking for chocolate pie recipes. I was thrilled to find this one! Tried it right away and it turned out great. Thanks!

I am an Idian, living in India, following the recipe of home sick Texan's recipe to success. Makes me thankful for internet and blogs!
:)

Anonymous said...

I made this pie last night. At first i thought I didn't do it right, but a few more minutes in the oven and it looked GREAT!!..and best of all..it tastes AMAZING!!! thanks so much for posting this!...I will be following you on your baking journeys :D

Cheers!!

-Naz (from Toronto)

Anonymous said...

hey!
I stumbled on this looking for a recipe to use up a glut of Baker's chocolate in my freezer.. made it three days ago and it disappeared into my kitchen...though there are only three of us currently home. so I made another yesterday that turned out even better! (I used cocoa).

thank you! and your grandma!

Elizabeth said...

Greetings from San Antonio. I stumbled across your blog looking at the bacon jam recipe. The chocolate pie recipe is the one that definately caught my attention. I swear we could be related. Aside from a minor difference in the amount of milk and butter, this is the same recipe that has been passed through my family for at least four generations. Thanks for posting it. I definately want to try out some of your other recipes and you've managed to convince me that I need to check out the Central Market here!

tasha said...

I would like to tell you THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart because growing up both of my parents had to work long hours to [put food on the table which meant I learned to cook at a very young age my grandma showed me everything I know I love to bake but, before she died I din't have a chance to get her pie recipes. When I tried this my eyes watered up it was like I was sitting in her kitchen eating her chocolate pie. I am 25 & I have 2 boys 7 & 3 they are always "helping" me bake which we know that means they fight over the spoon & bowl. If you have recipes for sweet potato & pecan pie that you would ike to share my email address is roylpeanut@windstream.net i would be very grateful & thank you again for letting that piece of life come back to me

Kevon said...

I echo the sentiments of others here, "Do we have the same Grandma, or what?!" The recipe sounds, and looks, just like the one my grandmother used to use too.
Thanksgiving's just around the corner and my Grandmother was always responsible for the chocolate pie. Every year her first comment upon arrival was, "I don't think it turned out this year. It's just not gonna be as good." Every year it was FABULOUS!
She passed about 15 years ago, and to this day when we make this pie, you have to say her statement! It doesn't matter which of us bakes the pie, it won't turn out without "THE Statement".
I have fallen in love with your site and recipes. I am a Texan living in the Seattle area for awhile. No Tex-Mex up here either. Your recipes have encouraged me to cook my heritage again. Thank you so very much for taking the time to share with ALL of us.

wyldtxn53 said...

Kevon, I LOVED your pie story. We go through that same scenerio with my Aunt and her "famous" coconut pie. It's "never as good as the last one" and yet we are all fighting one another over getting an extra piece. We are lucky enough to still have her with us and I have no idea if anyone in the family has the "courage" to ever try and duplicate the type of PIE PERFECTION she has given us for so many years. We are all so lucky to have such good food memories!

Anonymous said...

Hello :) I've been visiting your blog for over two years now but never tried any of you recipes till now (I look at recipes far more than actually cooking them). Your chocolate pie was one of the first things that caught my eye and I've had it in my 'to try' folder for ages. I finally did make it and it was gorgeous! Thank you so much for sharing such a lovely recipe. The best part was it was so easy and quick to put together and looked so attractive! I am looking forward to trying out your other pies.

p.s. please thank your grandma for that wonderful pie crust of hers

Anonymous said...

I made your grandma's recipe today for my family. It is beyond delicious! My grandma was the "pie maker" in the family and she would have loved this! My meringue didn't turn out the greatest, but I don't have a lot of experience yet with meringue. Thank you for sharing her recipe. :)

Holly

curlies1415 said...

THANK YOU so much for this receipe and the wonderful story that goes along with it. I wanted to try and make my grandmother's pie and stumbled onto your blog and love it! I don't know if this is strange, but the story of your grandmother made me cry. I lost my grandmother in 04 and still miss her so much! she was famous for a lot of things but most for her chocolate pie, i tried many times to learn how to make it and i didn't pay close enough attention and now she is gone and it was really not written down anywhere. she could make two pies in about 20 min, sounds like your grandmother is the same way. this receipe sounds close and can't wait to make it today. thanks again so much!

Jimmy said...

That recipe card brought a tear to my eye. It could have come right from my grandma's recipe box - bless her soul. How I miss her and wish I'd gotten so many recipes from her.
I made this recipe, and it was just as wonderful as hers. Delicious and nostalgic. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

My Grandma passed when I was 19. I have several of her recipe boxes full of recipes...she was a cake baker by trade but just a wonderful cook in general. My husband's grandmother made a chocolate pie like this and I had her come and we baked several chocolate pies over a weekend. She stirred and stirred her cocoa and flour until there were no lumps what so ever....smooth as silk. I am making one tonight for my hubby!!

stellatex said...

Hell. Yes.

wyldtxn53 said...

First off..in reply to Stellatex..when I read your comment I just burst out laughing..short, sweet and to the point! Second.. last time I posted I mentioned my Aunt Marie's Coconut Cream pie and I just wanted to share with everyone that I went back to Kentucky for Christmas and BLESS HER HEART she made me a pie of MY VERY OWN! I had to whine a lot first but I got one and it was a BIG SLICE OF HEAVEN. (several slices actually!)We are all blessed to have these amazing food memories! Happy New Year to everyone and happy eating too!

Geraldine Boyer-Cussac said...

Just did this and enjoyed it a lot! I was always scared of making it for some reason and this recipe gave me the courage to try, and it's so easy and delicious I wonder why I had never made it before! Thank you!

Erica said...

Does this chocolate pie need whole milk?

I'm gonna make it tonight, I keep skim on hand but will happily buy whole for this if needed.

Lisa (Homesick Texan) said...

I think she's made it with skim milk before. Definitely 1%.

Nestor said...

Thanks for the recipe! March 14 is a chocolate holiday in Japan and it's Pi Day here in the US. What a perfect way to celebrate both holidays!

In Shik said...

I'm a Texas ex-pat living in upstate New York..just made this for my book club as we are reading "the help"... boy it was easy, but I can't imagine whipping the merengue without a mixer.. like back in the ole days...
it should be yummy!

Anonymous said...

I have fond memories of chocolate fried pies at a little diner in Snyder Plaza in University Park (Dallas). Your grandmother's chocolate pie filling and the blueberry fried pie crust would be heavenly!

Transplanted Texan in Missouri...

Abby said...

Great pie! I just made it today and it was chocolaty goodness! I used whipped cream because it was easier and it went so well. I highly recommend making this pie! The only problem is that I can't eat dinner after that much chocolate.

patti said...

Well, I found your site because like you, I one day "took notes" while my grandmother made her wonderful chocolate pie. (I didn't think to take pictures) But later she wrote me a letter about our day and included the recipe that I treasure and it brings tears everytime I see it. However, I cannot get my pies to thicken like Grandmothers. Nor does mine taste just as hers did. My Grandmother has since passed away. I am getting ready to attempt one today and I always look online to check other recipes to make sure Im doing it correctly. Today I think my Grandmother led me to yours! Thank you and God Bless our precious Grandmothers.

Patti in Austin, Texas

Sarah said...

I've tried tons of recipes for chocolate custard pies, but have never found one that is this delicious! Most of the ones I've tried come out tasting very similar to having used a boxed pudding....needless to say, I've never been very impressed with chocolate pie recipes.

I used a mixture of 2 Tbs dark cocoa powder and 1 bar of semi-sweet bakers chocolate. The pie came out absolutely amazing!

Thanks for the wonderful recipe!

Lesli said...

This was the perfect chocolate pie recipe! I just wanted to comment that I followed the recipe exactly and it came out wonderfully! Thank you so much!

Anonymous said...

Such an amazing recipe! It turned out perfectly and everyone loved it.

Anonymous said...

WOW! I have never made my own chocolate pie before, but am a connoisseur of pie eating and chocolate meringue is one of my favroites!! This recipie was pretty easy to follow and tasted AMAZING! thank you!

sbramlage said...

Thanks for sharing your chocolate pie recipe. I made one yesterday using store bought pudding...what a mess. So glad I found yours. It looks and holds up wonderfully.

Anonymous said...

Oh my gosh, hats off to your grandma! I just made this pie for my husband 3 hours ago. There's only one slice left.

Becky said...

I made the pie filling today! I halfed the recipe as I was using it for cookie filling. It was so easy to make! And delicious!
You can find my creation here:
www.lessonsonlongview.blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

OMG your grandmothers handwritting is just like my grandmothers I have been trying to make my grandmother's Chocolate pie for 2 years and I thought I might look up a recipe to see if I am missing something. The pie has won both years and this year I will conquer the pie.

Anonymous said...

Just made this pie. MMmmmmm!!! Fantastic! I am going to double it next time. My pie plate was too big. My boys are LOVING this recipe thank you for sharing!

D said...

I just made your Grandmother's chocolate pie and I have a few suggestions. Less sugar, it's way too sweet, bake the crust 15 not 20 minutes (I check my oven's thermostat on a regular basis, it's right on the money, and the final baking needs to be a bit longer unless you like a runny filling.

Keysha said...

I made this pie as well and the center juggles even after 20 mins of baking.. needless to say I don't want to burn the meringue so I ma hoping it will cook some more while cooling.
Not sure what I did wrong, I did double the recipe and I used store brought pie crust.
I will try again and a gain though the slice you show looks heavenly.

Lisa (Homesick Texan) said...

Keysha--The chocolate custard cooks in the pan, not the oven. All that's happening in the oven is the browning of the meringue. So keep cooking the custard in the pan until it's your desired consistency.

Keysha said...

My lovely Lisa,
My pie was splendid once it cooled.
I do believe I should have cooked it longer in the pot and I am glad you added tips to the recipe. It was great and was a nice solid pie when I sliced it after it cooled.
Quiet as kept I just had a leftover slice from the 2nd pie I left at home. Thank you for sharing your grandmothers recipe with us.

Anonymous said...

That recipe card looks exactly like my mom's! Love this pie.

Karilen said...

Thank you. I made this for a boy who doesn't normally care for pie and had never heard of chocolate pie. I used 1% milk, and the recipe worked perfectly.
I also left out the meringue and whipped some cream for those who wanted it. We had it chilled, and it was a hit and very filling. Thanks again!

Crystal said...

is there something missing from the meringue ingredients? My egg whites and salt never got fluffy

Lisa (Homesick Texan) said...

Crystal--Nothing's missing. Water and humidity can affect the eggs, so maybe that was the problem. Sorry they didn't fluff!

Sarah B said...

I love this recipe! I am from Oklahoma but living in Germany, most of my family is from Louisiana, to say the least I've grown up with some amazing food! Today I was craving a chocolate pie and decided to try this recipe and it was amazing! The crust was also very lecker (tasty) and extremely easy! I will defiantly be keeping this recipe to use again!

Anonymous said...

Wow just made this pie and it looks delicious.....always bought box mix but when my friend and I were looking at pie receipes yesterday we found this one ..can't wait to taste it ..Thanks for sharing .. From Newfoundland Canada

lady fairy said...

Low on groceries with a guest coming for dinner, I did an internet search looking for a quick chocolate pie recipe without any strange ingredients, and yours looked the most promising.

It has been less than 24 hours since my making this pie, and there is one piece left. AND I doubled the recipe to make a deep-dish.

Thank you and your grandmother for an amazing pie.

Also-- I added 1/2 teaspoon of coconut extract in addition to 1/2 of vanilla. It gives the ever so slightest hint of coconut-- an almost buttery, tropical aftertaste. For what it's worth.

-R

Beth said...

The handwriting on the recipe card looks almost like my grandmother's.... I would love to try to make this in honor of her!

Anonymous said...

My Grandmother was so wonderful and I miss her everyday. When I need to feel her close to me I put on one of her old aprons and get to baking! This Pie was a staple and it cured any illness, sadness etc. Unfortunately we were unable to find a recipe and so I am grateful to stumble across this! Can't wait to try it out!

Anonymous said...

Taste like what my mother used to make...WONDERFUL

NORTH CAROLINA TEXAN

Matthew said...

I just wanted to say that this recipe has brought joy to so many. I make this pie repeatedly and people always request it. Thanks so much for sharing!!

Anonymous said...

I just made this pie for the 1st time and it was fantastic. My Aunt said this was just like the one her grandmother used to make. We love it. thank you so much for sharing.

Shalini said...

I just made this pie and it's simply amazing. I've made several chocolate pies, and was astounded how simple this was to make. And the taste was so fantastic. Thanks so much for the crust recipe link too, I'd never made a pie crust with oil before and now this is the way I'm going to make all my pie crusts.

Marion said...

I was inspired to bake this after watching the film 'The Help' Not sure I got measurements right, had to convert cups to GB ounces and the mixture was a bit thick, but looks and tastes good so the more I make it the better it should get

jOoLz said...

I've not made a pie with this recipe (YET. The hub is not a "cream" pie fan) but OMG is the filling the bomb!! It's the best damn chocolate pudding/custard I've ever had! Your grandma's recipe rocks, and I'll make a pie out of it eventually :)

nancy said...

you really should have your grandmother make her own small cookbook just for her grandkids. My mother did this just before she passed away a put a small history of herself in the back. My brother typed it up on the computer and it is a wonderful gift she left behind. Just like this is a wonderful PIE.

Jennifer Gibbs Kambourian said...

Yummy pie recipe!! I made it for today's Thanksgiving, and it was so good! Thank you for sharing this recipe. I LOVE your website--I've tried a few of the recipes, and they are easy to make and taste wonderful. I especially love the personal stories you tell with each recipe. I think recipes, and the relationships and family stories surrounding them, are one of the real pleasures of life. Thank you!

Sheila Durham said...

I just made a chocolate pie from my great grandmothers hand written recipe. I either really messed it up or she left something out! I am going to try your Grandma's & see if I have any better luck! My Great Grandmother's tasted great just didn't get thick enough. We really did freeze it & ate it like fudgesicles!

Summer said...

Looks really good! I'm going to try making it! and hopefully post about it!

Garden Hoe said...

OMG your grandma rocks. I just made this pie and it is absolutely delicious. For kids used to jello pie pudding and dream whip, this was like a sice of hevean.

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