Are you in Bon Temps and have a hankering for some down-home cookin’?
Saddle up to Merlotte’s Bar and Grill.
Image from HBO
Sure, the clientele leaves a lot to be desired, but the waitress seems to know exactly what you need before you ask – weird! The vampires drinking Tru-Blood at the bar are making you a bit nervous, but you can’t leave until you have a slice of Merlotte’s renowned chocolate chess pie!
Everyone always thinks of pecan pie as the quintessential Southern pie, but I wanted to try something different. Chess pies are simple, scrumptious, and Southern – and you can’t beat that! The pie creates its own sugary, crispy crust as it bakes – it does all of the work for you.
Chocolate Chess Pie
Adapted from Food.com
- 1 9 inch par-baked pie crust (if using refrigerated or frozen pie crust, follow directions on box for par-baking)
- 1 3/4 cups white sugar
- 6 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup whole, evaporated milk
- 3 eggs
- 1/3 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
2. Whisk together the sugar, cocoa powder, salt, and flour until well-combined. Slowly whisk in the evaporated milk.
3. Beat in the eggs, one at a time. Add vanilla and butter. Beat until smooth.
4. Pour into par-baked pie shell and bake for 55-60 minutes.
5. Dig in!