Fudge pie made with cocoa takes about 10 minutes to put together and 30 minutes to bake into the most delicious pie you’ve ever had!
If you ask my family what they want for dessert, hands down every single one of us will say something chocolate. Chocolate pie, chocolate cake, chocolate something—which doesn’t mean we don’t like other desserts too. Give me a good Creme Brulee any day!
But overall, our preference is for chocolate. Which probably helps explain the preponderance of chocolate recipes on this site!
I admit I’m a chocoholic. If it’s chocolate, I’ll probably eat it.
And sometimes it turns out that the simplest of things can be the absolute best—which is the case with this old-fashioned fudge pie.
It’s one of those things that Southern cooks probably whipped up because they didn’t have much to work with, along the same lines as chocolate cobbler, and this pie is proof that less is often best.
Fudge pie reminds me of my husband’s late sister, Carole—and thinking of Carole always makes me smile.
She wasn’t much of a cook, so she would pick up a fudge pie from her local bakery as her contribution to the family’s Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner. When Carole first got married, her husband, Dale, didn’t know what he was in for.
He thought he was marrying a domestic goddess. Instead, he would come home from work to hear her say that the roast she was cooking for supper hadn’t finished thawing and they would just have to go out.
Little did he know she had taken the roast out of the freezer about twenty minutes before he was due home, sprinkled a little flour on her face for good measure, and pretended to be preparing dinner.
I think one of the things that epitomizes the importance of food to me is that we have memories which are so intertwined with the foods we love—or hate, as the case may be (just ask my mother about making me eat peas…).
Even though Carole never actually made this pie, I still think of her when I make it.
And so, while she’s been gone ten years now, her memory lives on through something as simple as a chocolate pie.
How to Make Fudge Pie
Now, let’s bake a pie! All you need is a 9-inch pie crust, sugar, cocoa, butter, flour and vanilla. With that combination, how can you go wrong?
It comes together in about ten minutes, bakes for about thirty and then all that luscious, gooey, chocolatey goodness is ready to eat.
My friend Frank said on Saturday, “That’s about the best chocolate pie I’ve ever eaten!” And I would have to agree.
Start by melting 3/4 cup of unsalted butter in a large bowl in the microwave. Let that cool for just a few minutes, then stir in 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar.
Use a hand mixer or whisk to dissolve sugar, and keep in mind the sugar will not dissolve completely until baking. The mixture will feel slightly grainy, which is perfectly fine.
Add 1/3 cup all-purpose flour, 1/8 teaspoon salt, 1/3 cup cocoa, 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract and 3 eggs.
Beat or whisk all together until batter is smooth. I prefer to use a hand mixer but I have just used a whisk at times as well. This is a KISS pie!
Pour the batter into a 9-inch pie crust and bake at 350° for about 35 minutes or until center is set.
Then take it out of the oven and hide it somewhere.
Oh, wait, that’s just me…
When the pie is done, the top will have a slight crust and a few cracks here and there.
It won’t look like anything special and isn’t even pretty.
But once you cut into the pie, you’ll see where the deliciousness is hiding.
Underneath that slightly crunchy top is a fudgy, gooey, chocolatey concoction that melts in your mouth and fills all your chocolate longings.
Oh my! Doesn’t that look scrumptious?
Updated 5-22-2017 – Note about using frozen pie shell: I use either homemade pie dough or a refrigerated pie crust that I place in my actual 9-inch pie plate. As a result of some of the comments, I tried this pie in a frozen pie shell and as it turns out, the frozen pie shell that is labeled a 9-inch is actually smaller than a real 9-inch pie dish. The frozen pie shell fits down inside my 9-inch Pyrex pie plate.
Therefore, there is definitely too much batter and if you pour all of it into the frozen pie shell it will overflow.
So, if using a frozen pie shell, either don’t pour all of the batter into the pie shell or use a deep-dish frozen pie shell. If using homemade or refrigerated pie crust in a true 9-inch pie plate then you should be fine.
- 3/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
- 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
- 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1/3 cup cocoa
- 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 3 large eggs
- 1 9-inch unbaked pie shell
Preheat oven to 350.
Melt butter in large, microwave safe bowl. Add sugar to melted butter and use a hand mixer or whisk to combine until sugar is mostly dissolved. Add additional ingredients and beat or whisk until well blended.
Pour into pie crust and bake about 25-35 minutes, or until center is set and toothpick has gooey wet crumbs. Make sure you don't overtake.
Adapted from Southern Living's Fudge Pie in Quick and Easy Recipes.