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Chocolate Pie from The Help

By JulieVR |

My favorite book so far this summer has been The Help by Kathryn Stockett – a deeply moving story that takes place in Jackson, Mississippi in the sixties, weaving together the lives of some twentysomething women (some married with children, others not) and their household help. It’s told from the perspective of three of the characters; Aibileen, Minny, and Skeeter, who come together for a clandestine project that puts them at great risk. It’s a great read – having spent 100 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, it’s about to be released as a movie. There’s a chocolate pie in the storyline – an obvious choice for any book club gatherings on the subject.

If you like, use chocolate wafer crumbs instead of graham crumbs in this pie, or use a regular pastry crust, baked before filling. (Tip: paint the bottom of a cooled, baked pastry crust with melted chocolate, then let it cool until firm – this will keep any soft fillings from making the bottom of the crust go soggy.)

Classic Chocolate Pie

1 1/4 cups graham crumbs
1/4 cup melted butter

2/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup cornstarch
1/4 cup cocoa
1/4 tsp. salt
4 large egg yolks
3 cups milk
1 cup chopped dark chocolate
2 Tbsp. butter
1 tsp. vanilla

whipped cream, for serving (optional)

Preheat the oven to 325F. In a small bowl, stir together the graham crumbs and butter; press into the bottom and up the sides of a pie plate. Bake for 8-10 minutes, until pale golden around the edges.

Meanwhile, whisk together the sugar, cornstarch, cocoa and salt in a medium saucepan. Set over medium-high heat and whisk in the egg yolks, then the milk. Cook until the mixture thickens and boils. Remove from heat and stir in the chocolate chips and vanilla. Let sit a minute or two, then stir until smooth. Pour into the pie shell and chill completely before serving topped with a dollop of whipped cream. Serves 8.

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Julie Van Rosendaal is the author of five best-selling cookbooks, food editor of Parents Canada magazine, a CBC Radio columnist and a freelance writer. Her award-winning blog, Dinner with Julie documents life in her home kitchen in Canada with her husband and 7-year-old son. Read bio and latest posts → Read Julie's latest posts →

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6 thoughts on “Chocolate Pie from The Help

  1. christy says:

    i too was inspired by the help..but went with the caramel cake…now that i see your gorgeous chocolate pie, i kinda feel like i need to head back to the kitchen and get cooking. i just might make this for sunday supper. stopping by from foodgawker..and so glad i did. i am going to poke around your site a bit more now.

  2. Lisa @ The Cooking Bride says:

    I live in Jackson and have been making Southern food on my blog all month in honor of the movie. Chocolate pie is on the list for next week. It’s soooo good!

  3. Joy says:

    The pie is chilling in the fridge now, I decided to put a meringue on top, can’t wait to have a piece.

  4. Jenny says:

    Just make sure not to put the “special” ingredient that Minny put in it! lol I don’t know if I can look at chocolate pie the same!

  5. Louise says:

    When do you put in the 2 Tbsp of butter? Is it added the same time as the chocolate chips and the vanilla? Thanks.

  6. Andrea says:

    HOLY DELISH!!! I made this yesterday for my daughter who was asking for a chocolate pie. SO RICH, thick and creamy, it just coats your tongue in heaven. LOL

    Side note: I was afraid to add the eggs straight to medium heat without tempering them first. So I brought the butter, dry ingredients and 2 cups of milk to medium heat and slowly added some of the mixture to the eggs in a separate bowl while whisking. Then, incorporate the tempered eggs back to the pot and slowly add the 3rd cup of milk.

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