My Mom’s Messy Pie Aka Chocolate Cream Pie

My Mom’s Messy Pie was my favorite dessert growing up and then it became my daughter’s favorite dessert. Three generations now have loved it!

I posted a photo recently of one I had just made on my Instagram @simplybarbaramckay and my FaceBook pages. Because of the number of requests, here is the recipe. It’s worth making note that the custard for this is the same one my mom used for her amazing Coconut Cream Pie and Banana Pudding, just by omitting the cocoa.

Why is it called Messy Pie? When my children, Elizabeth and Michael, were toddlers, they would watch my mom make it and when she would press the crust into the pie plate, they exclaimed “MESSY pie!”

The name stuck and we even had a special pie plate made that said “DeeDee’s Messy Pie”. Sadly that pie plate is no longer with us, but the recipe and the memories remain. I hope it becomes a favorite at your house, too.

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Chocolate Cream Pie
Course Dessert
Cuisine Desserts, Pie
Servings
Ingredients
Crust
Filling
Meringue
Course Dessert
Cuisine Desserts, Pie
Servings
Ingredients
Crust
Filling
Meringue
Instructions
  1. Combine all crust ingredients. Press into a 10” pie plate. Bake at 400 degrees for 5 minutes.
  2. For the filling, in a large saucepan or Dutch oven, combine the sugar, cocoa and cornstarch. Stir to blend. In a large bowl or measuring cup, combine the milk and egg yolks saving the whites in the bowl of an electric mixer. Pour the milk/egg mixture gradually into the dry mixture and mix well. Cook stirring frequently on medium heat until thickened. Stir in the butter and vanilla. Pour into the prepared crust. Cool slightly while making meringue.
  3. For the meringue, Beat the egg whites until foamy. Add the cream of tartar (which stabilizes the egg whites) and beat until soft peaks form. Add sugar and beat until thick and fluffy. Spread carefully over the pie filling. Bake at 400 degrees until browned. Cool at room temperature until filling is set. (It will be too “runny” if cut while too hot.)
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