|Homemade Chocolate pie--the favorite of our crowd|
"Let me bring dessert," I offered.
"Chocolate pie?"my friend quizzed.
"Will that compliment your entree?" I asked.
Glazed, almost serious eyes looked back at me. "How could chocolate pie NOT fit my entree?"he laughed.
I knew immediately-- no other dessert options, chocolate pie was THE choice. So it is and ever shall me. Our family (and many of our friends) think of me making only one fitting dessert for every occasion, what they call Alice's chocolate pie.
I'm not sure how the tradition began. Mom made chocolate pie from her mother's recipe. We loved it. Then when I became the matriarch of the family kitchen the chocolate pie expectations strengthened.
At every occasion my husband, relatives or friends tease each other about the size of the pie slices. And George, who prides himself regarding his daily diet, looses all discipline when chocolate pie is still in the kitchen after company has departed.
Over the years I've customized our favorite pie, combining mom's recipe with Better Homes and Gardens and the classic recipes I acquired in college foods classes. I still enjoy reviewing and comparing a yummy chocolate pie in a magazine to our family favorite. To play with tradition by adding espresso or rum extract is fun, partly to question the family's palette. And I've learned, through lots of experimentation--quality DARK chocolate and homemade crust make the difference.
Regardless of the occasional variations, the family chocolate pie is THE favorite, maybe the only pie that is always welcome at our dessert table.
|First, mix dry ingredients thoroughly; add milk 1/2 at a time.|
Stir until completely mixed and while the heat thickens the pudding.