Chocolate pie/pudding

This recipe is from my great grandmother. It is the most delicious chocolate pie/pudding I have ever tasted and if made correctly is not extremely sweet. I have added some extra directions to indicate the expected textures in the steps as well as some instructions on usage of a double boiler (people asked what it was!).

Preparation time: 10 minutes (+30-60 cooling time). Serves: 1-12" deep dish pie or 4-6 bowls of pudding


2 Cups Milk (2% or Homogenised/3.5%)   3/4 Cup White sugar
1/4 tsp Salt   3 Tbsp Corn starch OR
2 Tbsp
1 tsp
Cornstarch +
2 Egg yolks (slightly beaten)  
1 Tbsp Cocoa  
1 Tbsp Butter or Margerine   1 tsp Vanilla

Dishes needed:

Preparation instructions:

  1. Mix: Sugar, Corn Starch and Salt with a small amount of cold milk until medium thick/"mushy"
  2. Put milk into double boiler (top) and heat until hot (not boiling).
    (Double boiler help for non-experts: This means putting water in the bottom of the double boiler and heating the water; which heats the milk, that is in the top pot, slower and won't cause it to boil and burn as quickly and easily as it would normally)
  3. After milk is hot, stir in the mixture of sugar, corn starch and salt.
  4. Stir the milk until thick (~5 minutes; Should be the texture of slightly runny pudding... it will thicken when it cools)
  5. In a small bowl:
    1. Lightly beat the egg yolks
    2. add a small amount of the hot mixture
    3. stir well (~1 minute)
    4. then pour back into the boiler
    5. mix well.
  6. In a small bowl:
    1. Moisten the cocoa with a tablespoon of hot water
    2. mix into a medium thick/"mushy" texture
    3. add to the boiler
    4. mix well
  7. Cook the mixture for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally
  8. Remove from heat
  9. Add butter/margerine and vanilla, mix well
  10. Pour into baked pie shell (or bowls)
  11. Cool until below room temperature (inside of refrigerator or counter is fine)
  12. Store leftovers in the refrigerator
Beware of frost free refrigerator which will cause a dehydrated skin to form over a couple of days... assuming it lasts that long