A Southern classic recipe that even a Yankee can whip up in jiffy!
For those ignorant of the intricacies of pie varieties, chess pies are simple, custard-type pies that have been traditionally associated with the American south. Most sources suggest that chess pie recipes did not appear until the twentieth century, which is a shame, because these sweet pies require only the most common ingredients. And, nothing could have taken the sting out of losing the Civil War like a home made pie.
This sweet pie was very easy to put together. We got the recipe from some good friends out of Mobile, Alabama, which is about as far south as you can go without a boat. The recipe is basically a 5 step program to chocolatey happiness. This was a big hit when served to friends!
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 stick melted butter
1 (5 oz) can evaporated milk
3 1/2 Tbsp. cocoa
1 tsp vanilla
- 1 Recipe Basic Pie Dough (All Butter)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Roll your crust into a pie plate.
- Mix together the handful of ingredients and pour this mixture into your pie crust. Our directions did not really specify an order or method to this so we started by combining the eggs and sugar, and then whisked in the remaining ingredients. There were lumps of cocoa powers in the mix but this did not seem to impact the flavor or texture of the finished pie.
- Cover the crust rim with foil to prevent over-baking.
- Slide your pie into an oven that you have preheated to 350 degrees F and let it cook for about an hour. This is the hardest step. You never want to overcook a custard style pie like this one. Ours formed a dark crust on top but we resisted the urge to pull it out of the oven until it did not wiggle to much when we nudged it. (Pie making is really a scientific operation in our kitchen!)
- Pull out the pie and let it cool for about an hour.
- Enjoy it with a glass of milk and good friends.