Have you ever had a pie crust that you needed to bake, but didn’t know what pie to make? Well, that’s where I was today. One pie crust and no idea of which pie to make with it. As the day rocked on, I finally decided to look up Christmas Pies on the internet. I found this Chocolate Pecan Chess Pie listed among those in a Southern Living site. The picture looked scrumptious, so I thought, “Why not?”
This pie was delicious, but it was absolutely rich! Cutting a regular serving in half would be just the right amount to eat. . . unless . . . you are a chocoholic or a pecan “freak” like my husband! LOL! Anyway, this Chocolate Pecan Chess Pie is definitely a pie to make for the holidays. I think I would change one thing. The next time I make it, I’m going to use chopped pecans. The whole pecans on the top made it a little hard to cut:) That’s just my opinion:)
What’s a Chess Pie?
For those who do not know what a chess pie is, basically it is a Southern pie that has essentially four ingredients: butter, sugar, eggs, and flour. Other ingredients are added to it, like vanilla and sometimes cornmeal. This Chocolate Pecan Chess Pie doesn’t have cornmeal in it, but it does have a pecan praline topping that sets this pie off.
Also, there are other “flavors” of chess pies. Mama makes a Lemon Chess Pie, and a Pineapple Coconut Chess Pie. Both are mouthwatering delicious! A few months ago, I made a Chocolate Chess Pie that was really good. And now, this Chocolate Pecan Chess Pie is added to our collection!
One of the great things about chess pies is that they are really easy to make. All the ingredients are mixed and poured into a prepared pie crust, then baked. Done. Usually nothing fancy, but all are delicious.
Making the Chocolate Pecan Chess Pie . . .
The hardest part of making this Chocolate Pecan Chess Pie was rolling out the crust. The filling was easy. The only other part of the process that was a bit hard was sprinkling the pecan mixture over the partially baked pie. The issue was spreading the pecan mixture around so it would look pretty.
My final assessment of this pie is that it is very good, delicious if you like chocolate and pecans in a pie. With that said, it was a little hard to cut because of the whole pecans in the topping. My thoughts are that using coarsely chopped pecans might make that easier. And, it should be served with a dollop of real whipped cream!
What would you serve with a Chocolate Pecan Chess Pie? Real Whipped Cream? Cool Whip? Or something else?
Chocolate Pecan Chess Pie Recipe
(a Southern Living Recipe)
1 9-inch pie crust, preferably homemade (You can, of course, use store-bought crust.)
2 (1-ounce) unsweetened chocolate baking squares
2 teaspoons vanilla extract, divided
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa (Be sure to sift it if there are lumps in it!)
1 1/2 cups pecan halves and pieces (I’m going to use chopped pecans the next time.)
2/3 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1 tablespoon light corn syrup
- Preheat oven to 350°.
- If you haven’t already your piecrust, roll the dough into a 13-inch circle on a lightly floured surface. Transfer it carefully to a 9-inch pie plate. Fold edges under, and crimp or use a fork dipped in flour.
- Melt butter and chocolate squares by microwaving in a large microwave-safe bowl at 30 second intervals for about 1 1/2 minutes, or until melted and smooth. Be sure to stir at 30-second intervals during the process.
- In a mixing bowl, add evaporated milk, eggs, and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Beat just until combined well.
- In a separate bowl, stir together granulated sugar, cocoa, flour and salt.
- Add the sugar mixture to the chocolate mixture, beating on low speed just until smooth.
- Pour mixture into prepared crust.
- Bake pie at 350° for 40-45 minutes.
- While the pie is baking, stir together pecans, next brown sugar, corn syrup, and remaining 1 teaspoon of vanilla.
- After the 40-45 minute baking time, sprinkle the pecan mixture over pie.
- Bake 10 more minutes or until set.
- Remove from oven to a wire rack, and cool completely (about 1 hour).
NOTE: I had to bake my pie for over an hour. Be sure to check your oven temperature to have a more accurate baking time. I think my oven is probably about 25 degrees off.