My Family’s Secret Chocolate Pie Recipe

by Megan on November 24, 2009

in Family Life

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Okay, so it's not really a secret anymore if I share it here, is it? I'm not sure why I've been possessive of this recipe online before, but I've had a few people ask for it and my sister said to share it, so I'm sharing it.

My Favorite Great-Auntie's Chocolate Pie

2 C evaporated milk
1 T butter
1 t vanilla
3 egg yolks
1.5 C sugar
4 T flour
4.5 T Hershey's cocoa (remember – has to be Hersheys)
1/8 t salt

Combine the milk, butter, vanilla, and egg yolks together.

Combine the sugar, flour, cocoa, and salt together.

Sift the dry into the wet in a saucepan. Cook on medium high, heat until thick (can sometimes take a long time).

Pour into a pre-baked pie crust. Don't forget the old wax paper trick!

This recipe doesn't seem to make enough for a deep-dish pie, so I always triple the recipe and make two pies. You could always 1.5x the recipe too, or just use a regular pie dish, not a deep dish.

Also, I'm pretty sure the rationale behind just using egg yolks was so you could save the whites for meringue. Nobody in my family likes meringue, so I stopped making it a long time ago. Instead, when I triple the recipe, instead of using 9 egg yolks and tossing 9 egg whites, I just put in 5 whole eggs. Seems to work okay.

My Auntie never wrote this recipe down and was never quite sure how to tell someone else to do it – every time she tried guessing it came out different. She didn't measure, but just knew. Her pies were always perfect. Ours, however, never were. Eventually my sister perfected the proportions. Here it is! But I don't know what it is about the cocoa. I've tried several different kinds (Nestles and Girhardelli) and neither of them work in this recipe. Has to be Hersheys.

Enjoy!

Michelle- This One's for the Girls November 24, 2009 at 2:24 pm

I personlly thought it was red letter day when I figured out that salt measurement. I think the right amount of salt is one of the keys to the pie’s yumminess…

Chelsea November 24, 2009 at 9:18 pm

Is possible the other chocolates didn’t work because they were Dutch processed? Not that I have anything against Hershey’s, but I WANT this pie and all I have is Ghirardelli’s Dutch processed in my pantry.

Rhen @yestheyareallmine November 24, 2009 at 9:20 pm

The words “secret” and “chocolate” should not be in the same sentence. Especially when the pic looks good enough to make me lick my computer screen.

Megan November 24, 2009 at 9:48 pm

I have since wondered if the two bad pies made with other cocoa wasn’t more a result of my being a fairly new cook and less a result of type of cocoa. Still, even while a fairly new cook I could make the pie come out okay with Hersheys.
But Monica has made it with unidentified cocoa and hers came out fine. Who knows what she used? She pours her cocoa in another container, so she didn’t know what kind it was…
But everything Monica touches turns to gold, so you might not want to try that.

picture framer glasgow November 29, 2009 at 9:37 am

It was nice going through it. keep it up the good work.
–thanks–

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