Straight from Grandma's kitchen, a delicious Southern holiday tradition. A smooth and rich chocolate dessert that will have you asking for thirds.


Credit: Meredith Food Studios

Recipe Summary

15 mins
5 mins
2 hrs
2 hrs 20 mins
1 pie


Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified


Instructions Checklist
  • Mix sugar, flour, and cocoa powder together in a bowl until well combined.

  • Mix milk, egg yolks, and vanilla together in a separate large bowl. Add flour mixture and blend custard until smooth.

  • Pour custard into a cast iron skillet over medium heat. Cook, stirring continually, until slightly boiling but not popping, about 5 minutes. Cook just until reasonably thickened, 3 to 5 minutes more, and remove from heat immediately. Stir hot custard to smooth out any lumps and pour into the pre-baked pie shell.

  • Set an oven rack about 6 inches from the heat source and preheat the oven's broiler.

  • Combine egg whites, sugar, and vanilla for meringue in a small bowl. Beat with an electric mixer until peaks start to form. Spread meringue over custard.

  • Cook under the preheated broiler just until the peaks start to turn light brown, 1 to 2 minutes, being very careful not to let meringue burn.

  • Place the custard pie in the fridge or on Grandma's porch on a cool night until the custard congeals, about 2 hours.

Cook's Notes:

For a richer variety of pie, replace 2 cups milk with 1 cup milk and 1 cup evaporated milk. Or, for an alternative to chocolate, make the custard without cocoa and a little bit more vanilla extract. Layer the vanilla custard mixture in a big bowl with vanilla wafers and fresh banana slices.

Feel free to use a homemade pie shell.

Nutrition Facts

251 calories; protein 5.2g; carbohydrates 34g; fat 10.7g; cholesterol 57.3mg; sodium 182.2mg. Full Nutrition