Traditional Southern Fudge Pie

I grew up in rural Tennessee.  My childhood was spent playing in creeks, riding bikes down dirt roads, and naming all the stray dogs and cats that would show up at our house.  (By the time “Girl Dog” came along, we had officially run out of original names).  I’m very much a “Southern” girl but I was raised by two very “Northern” parents.  My mom is from Canada and my dad is from Ohio. 

There wasn’t a whole lot of traditional southern cooking going on in my house as a kid.  Although, my two grandmas definitely knew how to “throw down” in the kitchen.  My grandma, Lola, from Ohio made the best yeast rolls this side of the Mississippi (there’s a good southern phrase for you!).  They would literally melt in your mouth.  They were known as “Grammy’s buns” and she would bake them for anyone and everyone she knew.

I would spend summers in Canada picking blackberries with my grandma, Myrtle.  She would make blackberry pie and blackberry jam.  She also grew rhubarb and strawberries and made pies and jams with them.  My mom still makes her recipes for spaghetti sauce and corn casserole.  My stomach is officially growling now. 

Yes, I had some amazing home cooked meals growing up, but not your traditional “Southern” cooking.  For this, we would go out to some of the best “hole in the wall” country restaurants around us.  I remember eating at places like “Granny’s” and “The Country Kitchen” after ball games.  If you could get past the smell of cigarettes, the food was amazing…fried, full of fat, Southern goodness!  And I would always have to have a big slice of pie for dessert.  Sometimes it would be coconut cream or cherry, but my absolute favorite was fudge pie.

I remember every time we would have a potluck at church, the dessert table was full of fudge pies.  This was because it was the pastor’s favorite.  All the little Southern ladies would bring in their homemade fudge pies and make sure the pastor got a slice!  I also made sure I got a slice (or two).  I loved the gooey brownie-like taste mixed with the salty, crispiness of pie crust.  It was the perfect balance of salty and sweet…and chocolate!

Before I got married, my friends threw me a bridal shower and had all the guests write down their favorite recipes to give to me.  My best friend’s mother in-law, Mrs. Paula Tant, gave me her recipe for fudge pie.  I was so excited!  Her recipe is the recipe I have used for the past 10 years.  Every Thanksgiving and Christmas (and any occasion that might need pie), I pull out Mrs. Paula’s recipe card and make this amazing fudge pie.  It is one of those traditional “Southern” recipes that will make you slap your momma (another Southern expression for you…you’re welcome!).  With Mrs. Paula’s permission, I am going to share her recipe with you today.

Here’s what you will need to make this delicious, chocolatey slice of heaven…

  • Flour
  • Sugar
  • Cocoa Powder (I only use this.)
  • Butter
  • Vanilla Extract (This is a good one!)
  • Eggs
  • Salt
  • Regular Pie Shell (This is my favorite.)

I always use store bought pie crusts for this recipe, but you can certainly make your own. Here is a great recipe for pie crust!

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Yields8 Servings
Prep Time5 mins

 1 cup Sugar
 ¼ cup Flour
 ¼ cup Cocoa Powder
 ½ cup Melted Butter
 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
 2 Eggs (beaten)
 1 pinch Salt
 1 Regular Pie Shell

1

Mix sugar, flour, cocoa powder, and salt with a whisk. Add melted butter.

2

Stir in beaten eggs and vanilla.

3

Pour into regular pie shell.

4

Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes.

Ingredients

 1 cup Sugar
 ¼ cup Flour
 ¼ cup Cocoa Powder
 ½ cup Melted Butter
 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
 2 Eggs (beaten)
 1 pinch Salt
 1 Regular Pie Shell

Directions

1

Mix sugar, flour, cocoa powder, and salt with a whisk. Add melted butter.

2

Stir in beaten eggs and vanilla.

3

Pour into regular pie shell.

4

Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes.

Traditional Southern Fudge Pie

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