Without a doubt, pie is the way to my heart. Apple, cherry, chess, chocolate…I love them all. Pie is also an excellent way to wiggle your way into the hearts of others. Who doesn’t want a yummy and indulgent surprise, especially this Valentine’s Day weekend?
Last weekend Mil and I got together to make my friend Lindalu’s infamous chocolate pie. Lindalu is one of my Arkansas friends, and is known in our town for this signature recipe. Passed down from her mama, this pie is rich and creamy. I dare you to stop at just one slice! The best part is that it’s super easy to make and dirties a minimum number of dishes. Less time in the kitchen = more time snuggling on the couch.
Mama’s Chocolate Pie (from the kitchen of Lindalu Hargraves)
4 tbl cocoa
1 cup sugar
2 level tbl flour or cornstarch
1 cup evaporated milk
1/2 stick butter, softened
1 cup water
3 eggs yolks
3 egg whites
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup sugar
Pre-baked deep dish pie crust
1. Combine the first three filling ingredients in a saucepan.
2. Add the remaining four ingredients and mix.
3. Cook all together until thick.
4. Cool. Once cool, pour into your pre-baked deep dish pie crust.
5. While the filling cools, make the meringue. Combine all three
meringue ingredients and whip until stiff peaks form.
6. Layer the meringue on top of the filling, making sure it reaches
the edges of the crust. Leave some peaks so it browns prettily.
7. Bake at 350 degrees until the meringue has browned.
8. Let it cool in the fridge to firm up before serving.
What is your favorite pie to make? Are you all about the fruit? The chocolate?