So what does any of this have to do with pie? This month's issue of Food and Wine magazine features Southern food inspired by the upcoming movie based on the book. While some of the recipes are spot on, I find others -- like this one for black-eyed peas -- downright bizarre. And then there is the recipe for Minny's Chocolate Pie which includes a whopping three tablespoons of cocoa powder. That may be chocolatey pie, but it is not chocolate pie.
My grandmother Mimi's chocolate pie, with its custard and meringue, is the quintessential Southern version. And then there is the Southern delicacy that is so chocolatey it can only be called fudge pie. When I was in college in Oxford, Mississippi in the early-80s, my roommates and I regularly trekked down to the Moonlight Cafe at The Hoka Theater for a slice of their hot fudge pie served with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream. After seeing that wimpy chocolate pie recipe in the magazine, I felt the need to make one.
- 2 sticks (1/2 pound) butter
- 4 ounces good quality unsweetened chocolate (I used Ghiardelli)
- 4 eggs, beaten
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 2 teaspoons good quality vanilla
- 2/3 cup flour + 1 tablespoon
- 1/4 teaspoon Kosher salt
- 1 pie crust
- Vanilla ice cream and mint sprigs for garnish
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Melt the butter and chocolate together in a small saucepan over low heat, stirring frequently.
- Pour the butter and chocolate mixture into a large bowl and cool to room temperature.
- Whisk the eggs into the butter and chocolate mixture, then whisk in the sugar, stirring until the mixture is shiny.
- Stir in the vanilla and sugar.
- Fold in the 2/3 cup of flour and the salt.
- Sprinkle a pastry board with the tablespoon of flour, then roll out the pie crust.
- Drop the pie crust into an 8 or 9-inch pie plate, fold over and crimp the edges.
- Pour the chocolate mixture into the pie shell.
- Bake at 350 degrees for around 40 minutes or until the middle is set.
- Serve warm, topped with vanilla ice cream and a sprig of mint.
Yield: 8 servings
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 40 minutes
The recipe is loosely based on one I found in my recipe box entitled Merry Jeanne's Aunt's Fudge Brownies. I'm generally not terribly adventurous about changing up recipes when I am baking, but I trusted my instincts and the pie turned out exactly like I wanted -- intense chocolate flavor with a silky texture. Seriously good stuff.
This post is linked up over at Sweet as Sugar Cookies' Sweets for a Saturday.