Sunday, November 9, 2008

Ma Ma’s Chocolate Chess Pie

Recipe from Florence Cooksey (1888-1987) Alice’s Great Grandmother and Husband-Tested in Alice’s Kitchen

Ma Ma (pronounced Maw Maw) was my maternal grandfather’s mother. We used to visit her farm in Kentucky. Of course, as with all southern families, when company came, you were treated to a wonderful big meal with very sweet iced tea with which to wash it all down. We often had this pie for dessert. It is just the simplest pie to make with ingredients that are always in the pantry. Don’t let the simplicity of this pie fool you though. It tastes divine. It is richly chocolate with a very thin sugary crust on the top that develops as the pie bakes. In winter, serve this pie with a little whipped cream or a raspberry sauce. In spring, serve this pie with strawberries!

3 Tablespoons cocoa
1 ½ cups sugar
2 large eggs, beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla
¼ cup butter, melted
1 small can evaporated milk
Unbaked pie shell (Recipe for Perfect Pie Dough is on this blog.)

Preheat oven to 325º F. Mix all ingredients, except the pie dough, of course, well in a medium bowl. Pour (batter will be a bit thin) into an 8 or 9 inch unbaked pie shell. (Do not use a frozen pie shell.) Bake for 45 minutes. (The chocolate filling will puff a bit as it bakes and fall a bit and set as it cools.) Allow to cool to room temperature before serving. Be sure to serve this with slightly sweetened whipped cream and a cup of hot coffee.

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