I enjoyed digging in her cellar/basement; I found all kinds of goodies. I loved everything that was old and had a story. I still do, that’s why I love old simple recipes. They have stories and life in them. This oldie was my granny’s, she made the best pies! It’s simple and tasty. This really was a simple desert often used during the 30’s and 40’s.
½ c. cocoa
¼ cup cornstarch (or ½ c. all purpose flour)
3 egg yolks
1 ½ c. sugar
¼ tsp. salt
2 c. milk
1 tsp. vanilla
Mix cocoa, cornstarch, beaten egg yolks; sugar and salt, then add milk gradually, while stirring in a pot over med-high heat on your stovetop. Cook until thick, beating it smooth. Cream pies take some time to thicken, so stir, and stir (10-15 min). Using a heavy bottom pan really helps. Just keep it up until it thickens add vanilla in after you take off the heat. Pour into a pre-baked pie shell. Put in the fridge to chill, add whipped cream if you like :0 Or use the left over egg whites for a meringue topping!
Some people asked in the comment if you need to bake or freeze it… No is the answer. It is a old fashioned pudding. It should be thick and all you need to do is chill it, but if you want to eat it warm by all means do!
* I don’t recommend using arrowroot powder as a substitute for corn starch or flour, it kind of makes it stringy and sticky. I had it as a gluten free option, but took it out, because I did not like the outcome.
Enjoy some old fashioned goodness!