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Monday, April 13, 2009

Chocolate Pie

When I was younger, my Great Grandma Ginny would always make chocolate pies for me and my dad. I'm pretty sure everyone thinks that their grandma is the best cook in the world, but they're wrong, because my grandmas are the best cooks in the world. Just so you know. Anyway, I bought the pie crusts the other night at the store (thankfully there were two in the package), and I decided that I was going to figure out how to make Grandma Ginny's Chocolate Pie. I don't know how many times I watched her make it when I was little, so I had some idea about how to make it, but I was also very young, and not interested much in cooking, so I didn't know if I was remembering correctly. I knew something went into the oven. I asked my Nanny and she told me that she baked the crust and cooked the pudding on the stove top. I have never cooked pudding, and let me tell you, that was my first and last time doing it. God gave us instant for a reason. I have this really awesome pie dish that I really wanted to use, so I pried the frozen pie crust out of the metal tin and put it into my pie dish, and then put it in the oven, which was a mistake. When I took it out of the oven 12 minutes later, my pie crust looked more like a flatbread pizza...my pie pan was a little bigger than the pie tin it came in, and it flattened. So, I got the other pie crust out of the freezer, and left it in its tin. I baked it, and let it cool. Then I cooked the pudding. That is one of the most tedious things I've done since the time I had 2,000 beads to sort into a craft box by color (I've never done that again either). Cooking pudding is insane, and dangerous. My hand got burnt by a crazy piece of pudding that flew out when it started to boil. So I cooked it, and it took a good twenty minutes to a half hour. I got it in the pie crust to go into the refrigerator, and went to clean the sauce pan I made the pudding in. Once I rinsed it out, I noticed that there was a very thick layer of scalded chocolate on it. Great. It is still soaking in our sink. Next time, it's instant all the way.

Here is my pie crust, begging for chocolate pudding.
The beginning of the pudding. Did I mention that you have to stir constantly? Constantly. And it still burned.

My lava pot of chocolate. Honestly, it was like molten lava.
Chocolate pie.

I made the mistake of taking daytime cold medicine at 8:00pm on Saturday, so I was up making this pie at 2:00am Sunday morning. I couldn't sleep for anything. If you want to make this pie, make sure it has time to refrigerate, at least three hours, I'd say. This is super easy. When you're ready to serve, top with whipped cream/Cool Whip. I didn't get a picture of it, because I topped it and then started cutting. :)

Chocolate Pie:
One pie crust
Instant Jello Chocolate Pudding
8oz Cool Whip

The freezer section has baked and unbaked pie crusts. I bought unbaked, but to make it easier, for this pie I would use already baked. That takes a whole step out for you. Prepare the pudding as directed on the package, you should only have to mix it with milk and be done. Add the pudding to the pie crust and refrigerate. When ready to serve, top with Cool Whip. Thats it! It's super easy, and super good. Sarah left some Heath Bar crumbles here that I was going to add on top of the Cool Whip, but Josh already ate them all, so we had it plain. It was so good.

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