Old Fashioned Chocolate Pie
I come from a huge family. My grandparents had seven children, and thirty-three grandchildren. Every year, right before New Years Eve, we would all get together at my grandparent's house and celebrate the holidays together. Everyone brought their favorite few dishes and we had a feast!
As a young child, my favorite part of this whole get together was the dessert. There were always 10+ different types of pies, piles of cookies, sheets of cake, and it was all soo good. I remember one of my aunts made an old fashioned chocolate pie, every year. It had a creamy and rich filling, with a crumbly and buttery homemade crust. If you wanted a piece of that pie, you had to be one of the first in line because it went quick!
Now that I have a daughter, we are starting our own holiday celebrations. Baking is a perfect way to bond with a child and it teaches them basics in the kitchen that they'll need to know when they are older. I decided to start a tradition of baking my aunt's old fashioned chocolate pie with my daughter this year. She was a huge fan of both the cooking process and especially eating the pie!
Old Fashioned Chocolate Pie
- 1 cup flour
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 tbsp sugar
- 1/4 pound butter
- 1 egg yolk
- 2 tbsp water
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/8 cup flour
- a pinch of salt
- 1 cup evaporated milk
- 1 cup sweetened condensed milk
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
For the Crust:
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Lightly grease a pie plate. In a medium-sized bowl, mix together flour, salt, and sugar. Cut butter into small pieces and add to the flour mixture. Cut butter pieces into the flour until the mixture is in pea-size pieces. In a small bowl, combine egg yolk and water. Add egg mixture to the flour mixture, combine and form into a cohesive ball. Refrigerate for 20 minutes.
Remove from refrigerator and turn out dough onto a clean and floured surface. Use a rolling pin or a sturdy glass to roll the dough into a circle with 1/8" thickness. Gently transfer pie crust to the pie plate, and press into the plate.
To bake: lay a piece of parchment paper onto the center of the pie crust. Use pie weights or dry beans to hold the parchment paper down. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until edges are starting to brown. Remove from oven and allow to cool.
For the Filling:
In a large saucepan, combine sugar, cocoa powder, flour, and salt. Add in evaporated milk and condensed milk and bring to a gentle boil over medium heat, stirring frequently. Continue to boil an extra 2 - 3 minutes, stirring frequently, then remove from heat. Add in vanilla extract and stir.
Pour filling onto pie crust, and refrigerate for 2 - 3 hours, until the filling is set.
When you're ready to serve your old fashioned chocolate pie, you can top it with whipped cream and chocolate shavings!
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