With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart: Two Chocolate Pie Recipes from The Help ~ Minny's & Demetrie's

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Two Chocolate Pie Recipes from The Help ~ Minny's & Demetrie's

Here are two very different recipes for Chocolate Pie inspired by the book/movie, The Help.
Rich, velvety-chocolate and totally delicious!
Minny's Chocolate Pie was not made during our Viking Cooking Cass but was served as dessert and the recipe was included in our packet as a bonus recipe.

It is surprisingly easy to prepare with ingredients you probably have on hand.
No "secret ingredient" here just a slice of decadent chocolate.
Minny's Chocolate Pie
Recipe source: Viking Cooking School

1 9-inch pie crust (homemade or store bought)
1 1/2 cups sugar
3 tablespoons cocoa powder
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
2 large eggs plus 1 large egg yolk, slightly beaten
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 (5 oz) can evaporated milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
whipped cream for garnishing (optional)


Position a rack in the bottom third of the oven and preheat the oven to 350 F.

Combine the sugar, cocoa, and melted butter in a mixer on medium-low speed until thoroughly combined.

Add the eggs and egg yolk; mix on medium-high speed for three minutes.

Add the salt, milk, and vanilla; mix another 1-2 minutes.

Pour the filling into the shell and place in the oven. Bake until the crust is golden brown and filling jiggles only slightly in the very center, about 45-50 minutes. Cool completely.

Serve cold or at room temperature with whipped cream. Store tightly covered in the refrigerator.
I tried another chocolate pie recipe, this one shared by the author of The Help, Kathryn Stockett.
It was created by her maid, Demetrie, of Jackson, Mississippi who, according to Kathryn, made exquisite cakes and pies.

These two pies are different in taste, texture and preparation. Minny's pie is shorter in height and full of rich chocolate flavor. It is baked in the oven.
Demetrie's pie is creamier, sweeter and the filling is made on the stove top and poured into a pre-baked crust.
My favorite is Minny's and my husband is totally wowed by Demetrie's and wanted to eat the whole pie himself! You will have to make both and judge for yourself :)
Demetrie's Chocolate Pie
From author Kathryn Stockett, the original chocolate pie made by Minny in The Help

Serves 6-8

Note: Do not use cocoa powder that contains powdered milk. The filling is very soft and extremely sweet. Serve straight from the refrigerator.

1 2/3 cups water
5 tablespoons sweetened cocoa powder, such as Ghirardelli
3 tablespoons cornstarch
14-ounce can sweetened, condensed milk
3 egg yolks, beaten
2 tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
Graham cracker crust or pastry pie shell, baked
Whipped cream, garnish
Shaved chocolate, garnish

1. In a medium saucepan, mix the water, cocoa and cornstarch with a whisk until all the lumps are gone, making a paste. Stir in the condensed milk and egg yolks. Heat to just under a boil and stir until very thick.

2. Reduce heat to low and stir in the butter. Add vanilla and keep stirring well. Turn off the heat and let it cool some.

3. Pour into a pre-baked pie shell or small tart shell. Let the pie set up in a cool spot, like a plug-in refrigerator, covered with wax paper so you don't get a skin. Serve with cream and shaved chocolate.


Debby Ray said...

Lol...that's the first thing that came to mind when I read the title of your post..."secret ingredient"...loved that movie and this looks absolutely delish! Thanks for sharing :)

Jacqueline said...

I chuckled when I read that it was inspired by The Help - oh no, not that - but of course that was the only time her famous pie was tainted! Made me almost choke watching her eat it.
Both sound fabulous - even as a young girl I insisted on a chocolate pie at Thanksgiving - no pumpkin for me!

Lorrie said...

Chocolate pie of any sort is sure to be delicious. Thanks for both of these recipes.

Tori Leslie said...

Yummy, they both look delish!! Thanks!

Winnie said...

2 mouth-watering cakes !!

podso said...

They sure are different but both look equally good. Thanks for the recipe. I think I need to try one or both. There is just nothing like chocolate! I always enjoy your food photos too, by the way.

Susan said...

Oh Lordy Lord, LDH. They both sounds fabulous. Mmm mmm mmm Susan

Debbie Petras said...

Oh my goodness! My mouth is watering, it looks so delicious Lorraine.

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

They both sound delicious and I have a hunch that I would prefer Minnie's and my husband would also prefer Demetrie's :)

Debbie Huffaker said...

Chocolate pie ALWAYS reminds me of my precious Mamaw. Cooking and baking were her passion...and "sweets" her specialty. I think I would prefer Minny's, too. Looks delicious!

lindsey said...

My mouth is watering just looking at these photos!

Gypsy Heart said...

LOVE chocolate pie! Mine is different from both of these but a family favorite. I'm going to try Minny's for sure! Thanks so much for sharing ~



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