Since I have been part of my married family, I have heard about mammaw’s chocolate pie. No one has a lot of information about it, but it was according to everyone it was just perfect. In fact, to both my husband and his father, just the mention of it brings fond childhood memories. They reminisce about their summers in Kentucky and “helping’ mammaw make this pie.  Of course, we have no recipe.  What we know is that there was no electric machinery used and all the children were part of this pie making process where they had to get the lumps out of the pie, just using a fork.  This smoothing out was a long process, maybe an hour or two.  After many different family interviews, turns out this pie is a chocolate custard pie piled very high with meringue and then baked off for about 15-20 until the meringue is set and golden brown.
I tried a few different variations and I never could get to a point where I needed to remove the lumps with a fork.  Once the custard was cooked and whisked all the lumps were worked out.  So it occurred to me that mammaw was a genius.  She found a way to occupy her little children and later her grandchildren with some busy work in the kitchen that was later rewarded with a yummy chocolate pie.

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