Uncle Allen’s chocolate pie – heirloom recipes

Salutations! With Valentine’s Day coming this weekend, I thought I’d share one of my all time favorite chocolate recipes. This is an heirloom recipe from my Uncle Allen and whenever I think of him this rich, luscious chocolate pie comes to mind.

I have fond memories of many of my grandparents and relatives that involve their signature recipes. They probably didn’t know they had a signature recipe, but to me they did. My grandma Lillian made me a fresh orange coconut cake each and every year on my birthday growing up. My grandpa Buck would help her crack open a fresh coconut out in the garage. Man, it was so fresh and delicious! My grandma Helen would visit us with a stack of deep dish apple pies in tow. I remember our whole house smelling of apples and cinnamon and being so hard for me to wait until after supper to dig in. And what I wouldn’t give for one of my Grandma Great’s fried apple hand-pies…

Cottage Fix blog - Uncle Allen's Stove Top Chocolate Pie recipeBut today, we’re talking chocolate. This decadent chocolate pie is cooked on the stove top and chilled in the refrigerator overnight. It’s a little finicky, but I’ll share all the secrets so it comes out smooth and silky for you. First of all make sure your cooked pie crust in completely cool before you add the filling or it won’t set. I’ve shown up to more than one family gathering with pie soup making that very mistake. Cottage Fix blog - Uncle Allen's Stove Top Chocolate Pie recipe

Uncle Allen’s Stove Top Chocolate Pie Recipe

  • one store bought pie crust or your favorite homemade pie crust cooked in a 10 inch pie dish and completely cooled
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 12 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 6 tablespoons flour
  • 4 tablespoons cornstarch
  • dash of salt
  • 4½ cups 2% milk
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract (I use 2 teaspoons)
  • 2 tablespoons butter

Cottage Fix blog - Uncle Allen's Stove Top Chocolate Pie recipeIn a large sauce pot, whisk together all of the dry ingredients until combined. Add the milk, butter, and vanilla and cook stirring constantly over medium-high heat until mixture thickens. It will seem like it’s never going to happen and then suddenly it does. Don’t stop stirring! When the filling thickens and begins to bubble turn the heat down to low and cook for a minute longer. Now your ready to pour the filling into the cooled pie crust. Chill in the refrigerator overnight and serve with a dollop fresh whipped cream or a squirt out of the can.
Cottage Fix blog - Uncle Allen's Stove Top Chocolate Pie recipeI usually bake the crust well ahead of time and cool it in the fridge until it’s cold to prevent mishaps. That seems to work well. And if the filling begins to stick to the bottom of the pan while your waiting for it to thicken turn the heat down a bit. Also, use a whisk to stir the filling while it’s cooking to help prevent lumps.

I’m going to try and wait until tonight to enjoy this delectable slice—but I’m not making any promises.

xoxo Sally


4 thoughts on “Uncle Allen’s chocolate pie – heirloom recipes

  1. Karen Lee Ramos

    That looks AMAZING — can’t wait to try it! The recipe seems simple, too, but I’ll make sure to follow all your tricks so it turns out 🙂

    Thanks, this is just what I was looking for to bring to a gathering.

  2. Julie

    That pie looks decadent, Sally. And what a great legacy to pass on – wonderful family recipes. Have a beautiful Valentine’s Day 🙂

  3. kelly

    Chocolate pie like this is my husbands absolute favorite dessert! So…….I may need to give this one a try. I’m a bit nervous about it though. Chocolate pies are tricky to get right. So, I’ll have to be careful to take your tips to heart. I tried making one a long time ago (from a different recipe) and it failed. It never thickened up properly. Thanks for sharing this!

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