I wanted to make a traditional Chocolate Southern Pie and researched many recipes. It's totally worth making your own crust, and it's really not that hard, so don't cut corners when making this one.
Recipe adapted from http://www.theeverythingsoapblog.com/2011/11/recipe-southern-chocolate-pie.html
Step 1: Ingredients & Prep
Perfect Pie Crust:
1 1/3 Cups All Purpose Flour
1/2 cup chilled vegetable shortening
1/2 tsp kosher salt
3 Tbsp ice cold water
Minny's Pie Filling : Clean Version
4 Tbsp good quality cocoa powder
1/4 tea kosher salt
5 Tbsp all purpose flour
3/4 cup sugar
1 Tbsp butter
2 egg yolks
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 cups whole milk
2 egg whites
1/8 tsp salt
4 Tbsp sugar
Step 2: Make the Crust
Step 3: Roll Out & Bake the Crust
Place a piece of parchment or wax paper down on the surface you wish to roll out the crust. This will allow for easier clean-up. Lightly flour surface of wax paper. Using your rolling pin, start from the center of the ball and roll out to a 11'' circle. Gently fold crust in half and then in half again. Place the crust into your pie plate and gently unfold. Using your fingers, form crust into the pie plate and trim edges to desired finish.
Using a fork, poke the crust all over, including the sides around 50 times to prevent the crust from blistering.
Place pie in oven for 15-20 min until edges and center are golden brown. Remove crust from oven and set aside.
Lower the heat on the oven to 350 degrees.
Step 4: Make the Pie Filling (Clean Version)
Create a double boiler by adding water to a saucepan and place a heat proof metal bowl on top. Temperature on the stove should be med. to medium low to prevent scorching.
To make the pie filling, separate your yolks & whites. In a small bowl, mix together yolks and milk. In a medium sized bowl, mix together flour, sugar, salt & cocoa. Add the dry ingredients to the double boiler. Then whisk in milk/yolk mixture. Continue to whisk 10-15 minutes until mixture becomes thick in consistency and resembles pudding. Remove from heat and add vanilla & butter.
Step 5: Make the Meringue Topping
Place the pie in your 350 degree oven for 15-20 min or until the meringue is golden brown.
Step 6: Enjoy!
We all know someone who deserves a piece of this pie. Probably, multiple someones. Kindly share!