Before there were pudding mixes, this was the “no-bake” way to make chocolate pie. Rich, silky and full of chocolate flavor – the filling takes 5 minutes to make. Perfect served with whipped cream, this chocolate pie is elegant enough for guests yet easy enough to serve during the week.
Old-Fashioned Chocolate Pie
1 cup sugar
1/3 cup baking cocoa
1/4 cup flour
pinch of salt
2 1/4 cup water
1 tablespoon butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 pre-baked pie shell, cooled (see here – use 1/2 recipe)
In a large saucepan, combine sugar, cocoa, flour and salt. Add water and cook over medium heat until mixture comes to a boil. Cook and stir for one more minute until thick. Remove from heat and stir in butter and vanilla. Pour into pie shell. Refrigerate for 2 – 3 hours , or until firm enough to slice. Serve with freshly whipped cream.
The total cost of this pie was around $1.50 (I buy my cocoa, flour and sugar in bulk). I think that is amazing! Frugal and yummy – the best of both worlds! In my grocery store, you can buy a pre-made chocolate pie for $4.99 (it comes with whipped cream). As you can see the store-bought kind costs significantly more and it’s full of preservatives and additives. Not something I want to serve my family!
What are your favorite frugal desserts? Do you prefer them to the store-bought kind? I’d love to hear from you!