Chocolate Chess Pie

Chocolate chess pie always reminds me of my Granny. Every holiday we’d have chocolate chess pie. It was always so good. After my Granny died, I didn’t have chocolate chess pie for a long time. I didn’t want anyone to make it for me and I certainly did not want to make it. This past year, I decided to make chocolate chess pie for myself. Let me tell you, my chocolate chess pie is very good! Here is my recipe:

1 unbaked pie shell (homemade or store bought)

1 and 1/2 cups of sugar

3 tablespoons of cocoa

1/4 cup butter, melted

2 eggs, slightly beaten (poor eggs)

a pinch of salt

1 can of evaporated milk (5.33 ounces)

1 teaspoon vanilla

Mix the sugar, cocoa, and butter. (This is my favorite part. I always say, “Look, it is chocolate sugar!) Stir well. Add eggs and whisk your little heart out for two and a half minutes. (You can use an electric mixer. I like to whisk mine by hand. I get to avoid my hand mixer that aggravates me so and I get a good little workout! If you want to use your hand mixer, go ahead. If you have a stand mixer, boy am I envious! You want to get your texture good on this part. Your mix will go from a dark, rich chocolate color to a lighter, fluffier color and texture.) Add salt, milk, and vanilla. (I will admit, I have used regular milk and had the pie come out fine. It is up to you. Evaporated milk is perfect. But in a fix, you can use regular. I’ll also add that I don’t measure the salt or the vanilla. I put a pinch of salt in and a good dashing of vanilla.) At this point, if you want to, you can add chopped pecans. This would make it more of a Kentucky Pie, so if you want that, you can do it. I prefer the pure, unadulterated bliss of plain chocolate chess. Pour your mix into your pie shell (The Pastor prefers homemade, I really don’t care). I put my pie pan onto a cookie sheet. It just makes it easier to transport and catches any bubbling over you might get. Put your pie into the oven at 350 and leave it there for 35-45 minutes.

This pie will serve 1. Okay, so if you share, it will serve 6-8. It is good warm or cold, it is really your call. (I like it cold and for breakfast!) Enjoy your pie!

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