Appalachian Food

Aunt Faye’s Chocolate Cream Pie

Aunt Faye's Chocolate Pie

After my flop pie-I decided when I thawed up one of the frozen easy peasy no fail pie crusts-I better use a pie recipe that I knew would turn out great. The perfect recipe came to mind-Aunt Faye’s Chocolate Cream Pie.

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Aunt Faye, Granny Gazzie, and Granny

Aunt Faye was Granny’s oldest sister. She was the second born child of Gazzie and Charlie Jenkins-and she was their first child to live. Faye married Woodrow Rogers.

Faye and Woodrow were fixtures at Granny Gazzie’s house. They lived nearby, but as Granny Gazzie got older they stayed with her more and more, pretty much anytime we ever visited Granny Gazzie they were there.

Granny’s father (Granny Gazzie’s husband) died when she was pregnant with me so in my lifetime there was never a grandfather on the Jenkins side of my family. Well I should say there was never a grandfather in the strictest sense of the word, but there was a grandfather and it was Woodrow.

Since he and Aunt Faye stayed with Granny Gazzie I always thought of them as grandparents too. Woodrow was like the Papaw and Aunt Faye was like a slightly younger Granny Gazzie in my mind.

Aunt Faye always met us at the door with a hug, a smile, and a “How are you doll?” I loved her for her caring manner which she always wore no matter what.

I remember being shocked when she died suddenly. Sunday (June 2nd) made 24 years since she passed away.

The week before she died, me and Granny went out to visit a thing I did less and less often once I became a teenager. Granny convinced me to go with her out to Granny Gazzie’s on a weekday, I’m positive I drug my feet and went on about all the important teenage things I needed to do, but like always I enjoyed the trip once I got there.

As I sat in a chair and listened to them visit, Aunt Faye brought me a poem she’d cut out of the back of a local tv circular that used to come in the mail. She told me she really liked the poem and thought I would too. I still have the poem tucked away.

I’ve heard Pap say on more than one occasion “Faye Rogers was a mighty fine woman,” that pretty much sums up all you need to know about Aunt Faye other than she was a fantastic cook too.

Many of Granny’s hand written recipes say “Faye’s” at the top of the card. Today I’ll share her Chocolate Cream Pie and maybe someday I’ll share some of her other recipes with you.

Aunt Faye’s Chocolate Cream Pie

  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 3 tablespoons sifted flour (plain)
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/3 cup cocoa
  • 3 cups milk
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 egg yolks beaten (reserve egg whites for meringue-for really thick meringue you’ll need additional egg whites)
  • 1 prebaked pie crust

First I pulled one of my frozen easy peasy no fail pie crusts out of the freezer and let it thaw about 20 minutes. I rolled it out; placed it carefully in a pie pan; and pricked it with holes to keep the shell from rising while it baked. I even took the extra step of lining the pie shell with a piece of parchment paper and tossing in a couple handfuls of dried beans to hold the crust in place while it baked. I wanted this pie crust to turn out perfect.

I baked the pie shell at 475 degrees until it was light golden brown-about 8-10 minutes. I set the pie crust out of the way to cool while I made the pie.

chocolate cream pie recipe

Mix sugar, flour, cornstarch, salt and cocoa in the top of a double boiler. (I don’t have a double boiler-nor a bowl big enough to use as one for this recipe so I just made the cream mixture in a large pot watching it carefully to keep it from scorching)

Add beaten eggs and milk slowly. Add vanilla.

Cook, stirring often, until the mixture has thickened. Remove from the heat and beat well. Aunt Faye said beating the mixture made the pie filling light and fluffy. Pour mixture into a prebaked 9 inch pie shell.

Use the 2 reserved egg whites to make meringue for the topping and brown it in the oven. Or you could whip up a batch of whipped cream and serve the pie with a dollop of it. If you want the thick wavy meringue you’ll need to add additional egg whites.

In case you’re wondering the frozen pie crust was outstanding and Aunt Faye’s Chocolate Cream Pie was so good it was gone before the day was out.


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  • Reply
    January 1, 2022 at 10:47 pm

    Hi Tipper,
    Hello from the Deep South . . . Bayou Country . . . where we LOVE to cook, eat and “pass a good time”!
    Today, I made your Aunt Faye’s Chocolate Cream Pie for my brother . . . a chocolate hound.
    My sincere thanks for sharing this no-fault chocolate cream pie recipe; your Aunt Faye may be smiling down on all of us who are keeping it alive. It’s a quick and easy pie to make; velvety smooth, rich, and creamy that will satisfy all chocoholics.
    Since I wanted a lofty meringue, I used three eggs and added the extra yolk to the filling, which worked out very well. I always add extract after the cooking process, plus a tad of butter.
    To the egg whites, I add 1/4 tsp. cream of tarter, 6 Tbsp. granulated sugar, and one tsp. of almond extract.
    Tipper, again, many thanks for this recipe. It’s folks such as yourself that make the world a much better place to live. May God bless you and your family with a healthy, safe, and bountiful New Year.

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    December 28, 2021 at 6:26 pm

    Growing up my Mother always made a chocolate meringue pie for Christmas. My Sister and I were in charged of watching the meringue so it didn’t burn. Mom used Jello cook and serve chocolate pudding. The first time I made it, I called my Mom and told her it wasn’t as good as hers. Mom said what did you do with the yokes, I said threw them away, she said no you put them in the pot when you make the pudding. That was the trick, it makes the pie rich. Mom has been gone now 36 years now, she was just 52. I still make this pie for Christmas, one for my home and one for my Sister.

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    Magdalene Mwangi
    June 30, 2017 at 8:04 am

    Yummy, recipe noted, thanks for sharing

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    Pamela Danner
    July 16, 2014 at 9:30 am

    Mmm-Mmm, I love pie and this chocolate cream pie looks yummy! Thank you for sharing the recipe.

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    June 8, 2013 at 1:39 pm

    YUM!! Can’t wait to try Aunt Faye’s recipe. Another keeper recipe to add to our BP folder. Thanks Tipper and Aunt Faye!

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    Monica Cochran
    June 7, 2013 at 10:32 pm

    I really loved Aunt Faye. She was a fabulous women in every way. I spent many of my growing up years with Granny Jenkins, Aunt Faye and Woodrow. Thank God I had those amazing people in my life.

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    Rev. RB
    June 7, 2013 at 9:57 pm

    I love pies, and I swear, our maternal Grandmother made one of the best Apple Pies I ever have tasted. It was so good, she didn’t make it in a regular pie pan because it would be gone in a nick of time, but made it in a 9×13 pan so it would last a little longer. Even that big pie we’d hide when one of our uncles, Dad’s brother Don, came by because if he saw it, he’d sit down and eat it, no matter how big it was, in one sitting, leaving nothing for the rest of us. That was some good good pie!!!
    God bless.

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    June 7, 2013 at 7:00 pm

    This chocolate cream pie sounds so good & Aunt Faye had to be such a wonderful person. It’s good you where so close to her!

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    June 7, 2013 at 3:09 pm

    I wonder what it would taste like if, instead of putting your filling in a crust and putting whipped cream on top, you mixed the whipped cream in the filling and put it in an ice cream maker.

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    June 7, 2013 at 2:48 pm

    Nothing tastes better than a home made chocolate pie. It has been years since I made one of those. I really like the recipe. I only had one grandparent as a little girl – my dad’s father. I always remember his special visits on Christmas Eve. I always looked forward to his visit during that special season.

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    Jane Bolden
    June 7, 2013 at 2:30 pm

    Yum!!! My mother made a good chocolate pie and called me doll. Your aunt sounds like a wonderful lady.

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    b. Ruth
    June 7, 2013 at 12:23 pm

    Wonderful post today! I could use a piece of that chocolate pie. Not for the plumpness of it, but for the sheer satisfaction of downing a wonderful homemade piece of chocolate incased in a homemade flaky crust! Yummmm!
    My aunt made the best tea in the whole world. I swore it was the tall measuring antique glass vessel she steeped it in. I have that piece today. But, no matter how I try, the flavor is not the same as hers. I think it was the love she put in it. I would stand by her apron and watch every move, but never could match it!
    Yep, it’s got to be that pinch of love along with the sugar, that made it a special memory of my aunt!
    Thanks Tipper,

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    June 7, 2013 at 12:03 pm

    I got to hand it to you, there just
    ain’t many young women out there
    who carry on these traditions.
    It’s nice the way you share some of
    your family’s methods of doing
    things. The pie looks terrific!

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    Sue Crane
    June 7, 2013 at 10:42 am

    that mirrors my mom’s recipe (which was handed down from her mother). Thanks for sharing.

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    steve in tn
    June 7, 2013 at 9:39 am

    nice tribute. we should never forget where we came from and the people who influenced us.

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    June 7, 2013 at 9:35 am

    Someone gave me a similar recipe this week called Granny’s Chocolate Pie. I made the pie and took it to a ladies club dinner. The directions to add the egg yolks to the dry mixture seemed a bit strange. The yolks turned out clumpy, but smoother after a few minutes of beating it. I took it to the dinner anyway. That was the only dessert that was completely eaten. The girls were shouting across the room, “who made the chocolate pie?”
    Thank you for sharing Aunt Faye’s recipe with a great tip on adding the egg yolks.

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    Sheryl Paul
    June 7, 2013 at 9:27 am

    This looks good, so glad to see real recipes on this blog and not those that start with a box of pudding or a cake mix.

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    June 7, 2013 at 9:06 am

    Pie looks and sounds delicious! Chocolate pie is one of my favorites. Aunt Faye sounds like someone that I would have loved to visit and sit out on the porch with for the afternoon.

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    June 7, 2013 at 8:05 am

    WOW we both had an Aunt Faye, and they both made an impact on our lives.
    I too have written about my Aunt Faye. I even have one of her hand written recipes framed and on my kitchen wall. (Tater-tot casserole)
    I should do a post on it too.
    Have a great weekend!

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    Miss Cindy
    June 7, 2013 at 8:02 am

    Tipper, I love hearing your memories. You have such a wonderful family and you are a wonderful family.
    That pie looks great. I like chocolate pie but have never made it well so I don’t try often. Faye’s recipe sounds pretty simple, maybe I’ll give it another try.
    Yep PinnacleCreek is right, you are a bountiful resource! Keep up the good work, girl!

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    Ethelene Dyer Jones
    June 7, 2013 at 7:53 am

    Tipper, sharing your Aunt Faye’s “Chocolate Cream Pie” recipe and the family relationships surrounding it are so reminiscent of my growing up and my Aunt Northa Collins passing on to all who were interested in learning her same recipe, which is as your Aunt Faye’s, and wonderful! I learned to make Aunt Northa’s Chocolate Pie by watching her, and having her hand-written “Receipt”–and I did “receive” it from her loving hands–to keep and to use, oh! so many times! Thank you for sharing the recipe; thank you for such good directions of how to do something which was “second nature” to our significant ones like our “Aunts” who laced everything they cooked with love! I think that “invisible” ingredient made all the difference! We need more of that ingredient today! You help us to think about and share it!

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    Ed Ammons
    June 7, 2013 at 7:47 am

    Yes Ma’am, If you would! Could you get me another piece of that Chocolate Cream Pie?

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    June 7, 2013 at 7:30 am

    Clint-she really was the best wasn’t she : ) We were/are lucky in so many ways!! Hopefully our kids will think the same about us too : )
    Blind Pig The Acorn
    Celebrating and Preserving the
    Culture of Appalachia

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    June 7, 2013 at 7:09 am

    Thanks for sharing this. I admit I feel a little possessive, but the world should know just how good this chocolate pie is. I’m sure you do it justice.

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    June 7, 2013 at 6:32 am

    Bless those wonderful people who made our growing-up years so pleasant. I try to always be good to children, as we never forget the ones who were good to us. My favorite was a lady named Margie.
    I look at all your recipes, and so nice to just run to the computer and retrieve one. It has become humorous because my Sis was canning rhubarb, and she called to see if “The Blind Pig” had anything on canning rhubarb. We just think you know everything, Tipper.

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