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Classic Chocolate Pie (First Place Winner)

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  • Crust:
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/8 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1/4 cup ice water
  • Filling:
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 cups milk
  • 5 tablespoons flour
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa
  • 3 large egg yolks
  • Topping:
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • Chocolate bar for decoration


Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Mix 1 cup flour and 1/8 cup sugar, cut in shortening, blend in ice water. Place on a floured pastry board and roll out into an 11 inch circle. Place in 9 inch pie plate, trim and flute edges as desired. Prick bottom and sides then blind bake at 375 degrees for approximately 20 to 25 minutes or until lightly browned.

In a large saucepan, combine 1 cup sugar, 5 tablespoons flour and cocoa. Blend in enough milk to form a paste, add egg yolks and blend in remainder of the milk. Cook over medium heat until thickened, approximately 20 minutes. Blend in vanilla. Pour into cooled, baked pie crust.

Combine whipping cream and vanilla in a large mixing bowl, whip until it begins to thicken. Gradually add sugar, beating until stiff peaks form. Put on top of the chocolate filling; garnish with chocolate shavings, bits, etc. or as desired. Chill and serve.

Recipe Description & History

Arkansas's First Lady's Pie Contest

Pies are a Southern staple and Arkansas is one of the best pie states, according to Road Food authors Jane and Michael Stern. In an article by the Sterns—"A Guide to America's Road Food"—which appeared in the November 2003 issue of Gourmet Magazine, they said, "Arkansas is known as one of America's foremost pie states, and Jones Cafe (now closed) proves it deserves the reputation." Another cooking contest held during the Arkansas State Fair is the annual First Lady of Arkansas's Pie Contest. Each year a different pie is featured with the 2006 edition highlighting chocolate. (Recipe courtesy the Arkansas State Fair; submitted by Bill Blake, Star City)