Friday, July 19, 2013

Chocolate Chess Pie

Chocolate Chess Pie

Isn't it about time for something rich, gooey and chocolate?  I baked this Chocolate Chess Pie recently for a friend recuperating from a medical procedure and she pronounced it "to die for". Growing up in the South meant pies almost every weekend. When there were no fruits in season, the pies were more basic and included Egg Custard, Pecan, Lemon Chess and Chocolate Chess. Unfortunately, I did not learn the fine art of pie crust making. When frozen pie crusts came about, Mama jumped on them and I don't believe she ever made another pie crust from "scratch". I followed suite.
Actually, I don't even particularly like pie crust and have been caught eating the filling and leaving the crust. But don't tell anyone, OK. 

Chess pies are very rich. No wonder! The ingredients are sugar, eggs, butter and maybe cream and something for flavor. Sometimes just the rich buttery flavor is enough. This one happens to be a very rich chocolate, is easy to make and will " wow"  your friends! Go out and buy a frozen pie crust and whip this one up for dinner tonight.

Chocolate Chess Pie
1   1/2 cups sugar
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
Pinch of salt
2 eggs
1/4 cup melted butter
1 (5oz.) can evaporated milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 unbaked (9-inch) pie crust

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine sugar, cocoa and salt. Mix well and set aside. 
Combine eggs, butter, milk and vanilla in a large mixing bowl. Beat well. Add sugar mixture and mix well. Pour filling into a 9-inch pie unbaked pie crust. Bake for 45 to 50 minutes. Cool to room temperature before slicing. 

You can top each slice with whipped cream, if desired. Serve small slices! Warning! This is VERY rich! 

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