Simple [Sim-puhl]

Simple [Sim-puhl]
1. easy to understand, deal with, use, etc.
2. not elaborate or artificial; plain
3. not ornate or luxurious; unadorned

Monday, May 21, 2012

A Little Lovin' from the Oven

One simple way to strengthen home and family is simply good old fashioned homemade treats. Whenever my mother made a cake or cobbler or especially cookies, it was a special treat that made you feel happy and safe. I could always taste the love in that extra little something sweet in my day, and it was better than any store bought candy or cookies could ever hope to be. (I also believe it's less expensive and more satisfying, not to mention healthier since it is less processed and has less artificial sweeteners.)
Nothing makes a dinner feel well rounded like a special dessert to follow. I've been trying to dive into my southern roots for ways to simplify and add more sense of security in my home. When I think of southern cooking; I think of fried chicken, corn on the cob, biscuits and gravy, watermelon, corn bread and pie! I can imagine going to grandmother's house just as she sets a pie on the window-sill to cool and setting down to a kitchen table to enjoy a large slice. I found just such a recipe to show your family how much you care, and it's easy at pie to make! With common kitchen ingredients, this pie is economical and a no-brain-er when in a pinch. I found this recipe on Pam's blog when searching for a real southern fried chicken recipe. My husband and in-laws loved it!
I like to prepare several pie crusts at once and freeze them individually for an impressive and comfy go to treat. All I have to do is roll out the dough and whip up some filling and a delicious pie is ready when we are! Chocolate, Banana Cream, Pumpkin, Apple, or even a Quiche!
"This recipe comes from a sweet Southern lady by the name of Miss Polly from Toone Tennessee (West Tennessee). She gave me this recipe 26 years ago and at that time she had been serving it to her family for many years. If you are a chocolate lover this pie certainly is for you. The smell of it cooking in the oven will make your toes curl and your mouth water.


1-1/2 cups Sugar (I use only 1 cup)
3 Tbsp Cocoa
2 Eggs
1-6 oz can Evaporated Milk
1/2 stick Butter, melted
1 tsp Vanilla
1 unbaked Pie Shell

Mix all ingredients together until smooth and well blended. Pour into an unbaked pie shell and bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for about 35 to 45 minutes or until set. Cool before serving.

I prefer the pie slices warmed in the microwave before serving.
Add a scoop of vanilla ice-cream on the side if you are feeling really sinful.
Miss Polly would make this pie at least once a week for her family. If she didn't, she would see at least 2 or 3 pouty faces around the house for days or so she said.
I will have to say that this is one of my favorite pies.
This recipe is found in my cookbook "Blankenship Family Cookbook". Read more about my cookbook in the right margin of the blog. "

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