From, "At Your Service...Southern Recipes, Places and Traditions," published in cooperation with your Daily Inbox Newsletter.


  • 1 cup sugar

  • 1/3 cup flour

  • 6 Tablespoons baking cocoa

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 2-1/2 cups milk

  • 3 egg yolks

  • 2 Tablespoons butter

  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

  • 1 baked (9-inch) pie shell

  • 3 egg whites

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar


Mix the sugar, flour, baking cocoa and salt in a bowl.  Scald the milk in a saucepan.  Pour 1/2 cup of the scalded milk into a bowl.  Let stand until cool.  Add the sugar mixture to the remaining milk in the saucepan.  Cook over medium heat until thickened, stirring constantly.

Mix the cool milk with the egg yolks.  Add to the chocolate mixture gradually, stirring constantly.  Cook for 3 minutes, stirring constantly.  Remove from the heat.  Add the butter and 2 teaspoons vanilla.  Cool slightly.  Pour into the baked pie shell.

Beat the egg whites, 1 teaspoon vanilla and cream of tartar in a mixing bowl until stiff peaks form.  Spread over the chocolate filling.  Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes.


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