Monday, January 2, 2012

Chocolate Chess Pie

This is my gramma's recipe.  I thought it would make a perfect addition to our New Year's Day black eyed peas and collards.  Well.  What happened was...I made the first pie.  And then we ate it.  I had every intention of taking pictures of it for my blog. But we demolished it.  At 10:00am. So then I made another one.  And we ate half of that one too.  Before I could take pictures.  It just happened.  In our defense, we shared some with my neighbors.

If you've seen the movie The Help, you remember Minny's chocolate pie.  I did a little google search to find the actual recipe they used for the the movie and it's nearly identical to my gramma's recipe.  I made The Help's version too.  We had a little taste off and really couldn't tell the difference between the two.

It's a fudgy-gooey chocolate pie.  Nothing fancy about it.  Just good.  My gramma's version has sugared pecans on top but I am kind of pecaned out after Thanksgiving and Christmas so I left them off.

Happy New Year's weight loss! ;-)

Gramma's Chocolate Chess Pie

1 pie crust
1/2 cup butter, melted (1 stick)
2 1oz squares unsweetened chocolate baking squares
1 5oz can evaporated milk (2/3 cup)
2 large eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla
1 1/2 cup granulated sugar
3 tablespoon all purpose flour
1/8 teaspoon salt

option pecan topping:
1 1/2 cup pecan halves and pieces
2/3 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1 tablespoon light corn syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Melt butter and chocolate squares in 30 second intervals in microwave safe bowl.  Stir after each 30 seconds until smooth.
3. Whisk evaporated milk, eggs, and vanilla together. Add to chocolate mixture.
4. Stir together granulated sugar, flour, and salt, then add to chocolate mixture whisking until smooth.
5. Press pie shell into 9" pie plate.  Prick bottom with form.
6. Pour filling into pie shell and bake for 45 minutes (maybe 50 depending on your oven).

For pecan topping:
1. Bake pie for only 40 minutes.  Remove from oven.
2. Stir together pecans, light brown sugar, corn syrup and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Sprinkle over pie. 
3. Bake an additional 10 minutes.

Let cool at least one hour before serving. Top with whipped cream.


  1. Good grief this looks good! How cruel to post this right after the new year...I so want to make this right now. Happy 2012!

  2. I have always wanted a simple recipe for this. I love chocolate chess. Also love your jadeite :) I am a new follower of your blog.


  3. That looks delicious--chocolate chess pie is one of my favorites but I've never made it myself; I'll have to give this recipe a try!

  4. That sounds DELICIOUS :) By the way, my collards turned out rather "meh." I've never been a fan and won't be one probably ever. Thank you again for the advice though!

  5. That just looks so delicious ! And I love the fabric under the first photo! Is that your table cloth? It's adorable!
    Thanks for sharing the recipe!

    xo. A Southern Bee Diary

  6. That looks so fabulous! I have been looking for a sweet dish to make on Valentine's Day and I think this might be it!!

    Love your blog!

  7. Yum, I loved The Help and will most definitely try this recipe. Maybe for Valentine's Day?

    Gorgeous photos too. Love the last one.

  8. I love your photography! This looks amazing. Happy New Year!

  9. Those pictures are enough to break anyone's New Years resolution....YUM!!!!! :)

  10. I made the Help's version because I already had the unsweetened cocoa and the other ingredients on hand. I cooked mine 45 minutes, but I think it could have stood a little longer because the inside was more thick pudding like than the normal fudge-like texture. I will have to try again! Quick question if you see you pre-bake your crust? The Helps directions say to and my pie crust package said to, but even coverin the edges with foil they got pretty done.

  11. Can't wait to make this! Thanks for another great recipe. :)

  12. This looks incredibly yummy! One question though... did you make the pie crust yourself... the crust looks great... and if you did could you post that too? I still don't have a good pie crust recipe. Love your blog!

  13. I am making this pie this weekend. It sounds so good!

  14. good information ... I have read and will be added to my personal knowledge... thanks..
    Baju Muslim

  15. I love chocolate chess pie, and I'm on a mission to learn how to make it in a 9 x13 inch pan in order to feed a crowd without having to make 3 separate pies! Suggestions?



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