Why the name "Chess Pie?" Well, as one story goes, a Southern gentleman came home one evening and asked his wife, an accomplished but modest cook, what smelled so good. “It's jes' pie,” she replied.
I had never had Chocolate Chess Pie, until I moved south and visited a Golden Corral buffet restaurant. You know, the ones with tons of food, a gazillion desserts and a chocolate fountain. Well, they also have this chocolate pie that was like eating soft, delicious brownie in pie pastry. I never even knew the name of it! All I knew was that once I tasted it, there was no way I was going to totally fill up on "real" food and miss my favorite piece of pie. Best way to end a meal!
This isn't a thick pie, but because it's rich, it works out perfectly. Add a dollop of whipped cream, and you have the perfect dessert.
So, one evening I went in search for what would be the best recipe to make at home...because, this is what I do! Ha! Finally, I found a website that had "copycat" recipes, and to my delight, there it was Golden Corral's Chocolate Pie! Am I happy? You bet I am!
CHOCOLATE CHESS PIE (Golden Corral Copycat Recipe)
Makes 1 Pie
1 1/2 cups sugar
5 tablespoons cocoa powder
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup evaporated milk
3 large eggs, room temperature
1/3 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 9-inch, partially baked pie crust (pre-baked for about 5 minutes)
Preheat oven to 325'F.
Combine the sugar, cocoa, flour, and salt. Blend in milk. Beat in eggs 1 at a time. Add butter and vanilla, beat until smooth.
Pour into a prebaked pie shell.
Bake in the oven at 325 degrees for 55-60 minutes. Cool the pie completely before topping with whipped cream.
Homemade Whipped Cream:
2 cups heavy whipping cream
3 tablespoons powdered sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
Combine ingredients in mixer bowl and beat. Chill bowl and beaters before whipping.
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