National Pie Day!!! Whew, what a day to be celebrated. There is a saying “you can’t have your cake and eat it too,” but what about pie? I’m here to tell you that you CAN have your pie and eat it too.
Today, instead of sharing various pie recipes with you, I am going to share just one. One that hits close to home with me. One I grew up eating and craving for my Honey to make.
My poppa was the kind of man that had to have something sweet to go with his meal and Honey would consistently have something on hand. Growing up around my grandparents, and sometimes in their household, I became accustomed to always having something sweet.
One of my favorite desserts growing up was Honey’s Chocolate Pie. The filling, the meringue, the little sugar globs that boiled and were on top of the meringue… So good! One year, Honey had made two pies for someone and they were sitting on the stove cooling. When I walked by and saw the pies, I wanted it so bad. I refrained, that was until I saw the boiled sugar on top so i just stuck my finger in all the little globs and had a great time. Luckily for me, Honey could never really get mad or stay upset with me. After all, I was (and still am) the favorite grandkid.
There is something warm, and comforting about having a piece of the pie. Maybe for you, it takes you back to your childhood, or someone dropped one off while you were going through a rough time. Whatever the case, a pie can do everyone some good.
Whether you celebrate today with a piece of pie or not, keep pie always in the back of your mind. For yourself and others. You never know what dropping a pie off may do for someone. But if you have kids or grandkids be sure to watch their little fingers, cause if they are like me, you’ll have fingerprints.
When I asked my Honey for this recipe she gladly sent me a picture, but she shed a little more light on this recipe than what meets the eye. This is a recipe card she has had for about 45 years she said. Forty-five years of holding onto a pie recipe and sharing it with others. That’s a story that makes my heart smile. I hope to one day pass this recipe down to my kids and grandkids but for now, I will share it with you.
- ¾ Cups of sugar
- 4 level Tbsp corn starch
- 3 tbsp Cocoa Powder
- 3 egg yolks
- 1 Tsp Vanilla
- 1 Tbsp Butter
- 3 egg whites
- ½ cup sugar
- Pinch of baking soda
Combine cocoa and corn starch in a thick pot and mix well. Using a thick pot will help the filling to not burn. Add sugar to dry mix and stir well. Add milk and egg yolks. Use and whisk and start your burner on low heat. Whisk continually while it begins to thicken so it won’t burn. Once the mixture begins to thicken add a Tsp of vanilla and a Tbsp of butter. Continue to stir until butter melts. Once butter is melted and the filling is all mixed together pour into brown store bought pie crust. In a bowl combine egg whites, sugar, and baking soda and beat until you get a fluffy consistency. Top your pie with the meringue and bake at 350 degrees until the meringue is browned.