Sometimes you just need a fancy little dessert with all of the creamy, lusciousness of the Ultimate Classic Chocolate Pie wrapped up in a pretty package.
My super-secret, needs two keys to access the code, Chocolate Pie Recipe is out of the pocket. Until last month, I had never shared this recipe with another living soul that did not have Hoopes as their last name. Yes, that means that I did not share it with my very own mother, or my blogging sister, or… anyone. But, after making this pie for “my” side of the family on Thanksgiving this year, the secret was out and everyone began asking for the recipe. What can I say? I was tough. I held firm and kept my 35 year old secret recipe secret throughout the entire holiday season.
After months of questioning, I finally gave in to my little brother John’s ”enhanced interrogation tactics.” This time, he asked for the recipe saying that he wanted to make the pie for his corporate holiday party. It’s just a tiny, little corporation, really. You may have heard of his corporation before, it’s called… DISNEY! Yes, that little ol’ corporate holiday party. The idea of my little secret family recipe served to The Mouse, himself, was just too much to take. I gave in. I caved. I started singing like a canary.
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This is simply the Ultimate Classic Chocolate Cream Pie Recipe. It’s creamy and milk chocolate-y with a touch of crunch from the nutty crust and a hint of cinnamon , the perfect chocolate dessert.
This is not your average chocolate pie. This is a pie with a past, a pie with a story. It’s a long story, but it’s a really good story. I call it “The Army Officer, The Bride and The Chocolate Pie.”
I don’t know exactly how long ago the history of this chocolate pie recipe started, what I do know about its past begins with Lola.
Lola was a warm and friendly woman that lived in a sunny yellow kitchen near main street. She always had a big breakfast or sandwich waiting for you when you came into her kitchen (whether you really wanted one or not). Lola was known for her cooking, but she was famous for her baking—especially her chocolate pie.
A telegram came to the sunny yellow kitchen one day. It was from Lola’s son who was on leave from the army after spending 5 years in the Philippines during World War II. Her son loved the chocolate pie and Lola knew she would have one waiting for him when he came through the door to her kitchen. What she didn’t know was that the young army officer was bringing his bride home to meet his mother for the very first time. [click for recipe…]
Not all graham cracker crusts are created equal. My Southwest spin on the traditional pie crust has a nutty flavor from toasted pecans and a hint of Mexican cinnamon. You will find yourself using it in all sorts of desserts or just eating it with a spoon.
Trust me when I say this is the best pie crust you have ever eaten. It’s the base flavor for my amazing Chocolate Pie Recipe as well as any cheesecake or no-bake pie that I ever make. I even use it as a topping for warm apple or peach crumbles and the topping for mashed sweet potatoes. It has been rumored that I once ate so much of this crumb mixture while cooking a fancy holiday dinner that I made myself sick , that I had to stall and think of ways to delay dinner time. I can’t be sure about that though.
I decided to give this pie crust it’s very own post because I think the way I make this pie crust is just as important as the ingredients that are in the pie crust. I leave the graham cracker crumbs large and very coarse so that the crust does not get soggy from the filling. The texture of the crumbs and pecans add a slight crunch to the creaminess of the chocolate pie. The hint of Mexican cinnamon leaves everyone wondering what the wonderful flavor is.
This post also gives me a chance to add step by step photos so you can see what I mean about the texture of the crumb. [click for recipe…]