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Monday, March 14, 2011

Chocolate Pie

It was always a treat to arrive at Mrs. Herring's house after church on Sunday and find her in the kitchen finishing up a Chocolate Pie for dessert.  For her large family, she would always cook two pies.  She would bake a deep dish pie shell and then fill it with the thick chocolate filling.  She would then make a meringue and pile it up high for the topping.  By the time that we finished the wonderful spread that she had cooked for all of us, the Chocolate Pie would still be warm when we would cut into a slice.  My, oh my, it was so good!  Phillip remembered that his grandmother made the pie a little different than his mother.  Instead of a meringue topping, she would top her pie with a crust.  This is the way that I make a Chocolate Pie for my family.  I do not make homemade crusts but use two Mrs. Smith  Deep Dish Pie Shells.  As we were eating Chocolate Pie for dessert this past Saturday, Brent said that he recently attended an inservice and they were asked to give their name and their favorite dessert.  He said that almost everyone before him said that their favorite dessert was Creme Brulee He said he gave his name and said that he was a country boy and his favorite dessert was Chocolate Pie.  He made his Momma proud!

                                                               Chocolate Pie

3 heaping Tbsp. self-rising flour
3 Tbsp. Hershey's Cocoa
1 cup sugar
2 egg yolks
2 cups milk
2 Tbsp. butter
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 - 9 inch Mrs. Smith Deep Dish Pie Shells

Follow baking instructions on pkg. and bake one pie crust and set aside.

Stir together flour, cocoa, and sugar.  Mix slightly beaten egg yolks with milk.  Add to cocoa mixture.  Pour into a saucepan.  Cook over medium heat and stir constantly until it thickens.  Remove from heat and add butter and vanilla.  Pour into baked pie crust.  Top with the second uncooked pie crust and pinch together edges.  Bake until top crust is slightly brown, again following pkg. baking instructions.

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