Looking for a homemade chocolate pie that reminds you of your grandma’s Chocolate Pie recipe? This classic dessert is so simple to make and full of rich chocolate flavor.
Years ago my Aunt Anita gave me a small cookbook with handwritten recipe cards. I believe it was when I was first married, and it featured some of her tried and true recipes for special occasions. The recipe card I picked out first to make from the collection was a recipe for Grandmother Gibson’s Chocolate Pie.
(You’ll note I’ve titled this recipe generically “Grandma’s Chocolate Pie Recipe” for ease of the internet finding it. But rest assured, the inspiration was Grandmother Gibson, her husband’s grandmother.)
I made that pie for years as it was written. I would make it for family gatherings and Christmas dinner. At some point, it fell out of my baking rotation. At some point years later, I learned that my aunt had actually updated the recipe to make it the perfect chocolate meringue pie.
The original recipe used only cocoa powder in the filling. Over the years, she began adding chocolate chips to create a richer chocolate filling. After my first attempt at making the updated recipe, I knew her modern-day twist had made an even more luscious chocolate custard.
Tips for buying a store-bought pie crust
It’s worth noting that I had a recent conversation with my aunt about the current state of affairs when it comes to buying a premade pie crust.
The basic summary is this — rollout refrigerated pie crusts are pretty terrible.
I truly, deeply wish this wasn’t the case. But having recently tested a pie with a popular national brand, I can say for certain you do not want to use one of those crusts if you’re looking for a flaky pie crust with a buttery crust. You’re better off buying a frozen shell. They’re not as good as a homemade pie crust. But they’re not horrible either.
If you are unable to find a frozen pie shell and don’t want to make your own pie crust, my recommendation is to switch gears and go for a graham cracker crust. Those are both easy to make and easy to buy. Plus, they taste great. Using a graham cracker crust isn’t necessarily the norm in meringue pies, but in my opinion, taste trumps tradition in this case.
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