Minny’s chocolate pie from The Help

This is the pie that is featured in the movie, The Help, but it doesn’t contain any of the um “natural” ingredients that are given to the mean character!

Minny's chocolate pie from "The Help"

Have you ever seen the movie, The Help? I saw it many moons ago and was always curious about how that chocolate pie tasted. Well, not the version that was served to the mean character, obviously! Fun fact: Lee Ann Flemming, who made the pie for the movie, baked a total of 53 pies during the movie’s filming!

I’ve had this recipe bookmarked for a long, long time and didn’t make the effort to try it until now. I was craving something chocolate one afternoon and decided to finally take the time to bake this.

Minny's chocolate pie from "The Help"

Rather than use a store-bought crust, I made my own. I used the recipe from here because it was a crust we enjoyed and didn’t crumble into a big mess when cut into. I already had all the ingredients on hand in my pantry, so it didn’t require a trip to the store.

Minny's chocolate pie from "The Help"

While this is a good pie, it wasn’t great. Perhaps we got spoiled by the French silk pie that I made earlier this year, but this pie didn’t contain enough chocolate flavor. The only chocolate in the pie is from the few tablespoons of cocoa powder, which isn’t nearly enough for a chocoholic like me. Also, the filling didn’t rise up and fill up my crust, so I had to cover the pie with a thick layer of whipped cream. I guess that’s a good problem for whipped cream fans (not me), but my expectations for this pie were not met.

But hey, having pie is better than no pie. And this recipe uses pantry ingredients so it’s a good option if you need some pie NOW and don’t want to make a special trip to the grocery store. If you want more chocolate flavor, I’d recommend melting some chocolate into the filling.

Husband’s rating: 3.5 out of 5
Addie’s rating: 4 out of 5
My rating: 3.5 out of 5

Minny's chocolate pie

This is the chocolate pie that is featured in the movie The Help. Well, except it isn't exactly the one that the mean character consumes!
Prep Time25 minutes
Cook Time1 hour
Chilling time1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time2 hours 55 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Pies
Servings: 8
Author: Eva Bakes

Ingredients

Crust (you can use store-bought as an alternative)

  • 1 and ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup vegetable shortening cold
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup ice cold water plus more if needed

Filling

  • 1 and ½ cups granulated sugar
  • 4 Tablespoons unsalted butter melted
  • 3 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 large eggs beaten
  • ¾ cup evaporated milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • whipped cream for serving, optional

Instructions

Make the crust

  • In a large bowl, whisk together the flour and the salt. Using a pastry blender or two forks, cut the shortening in until you achieve pea-sized crumbs.
  • Slowly stream in the ice water a little bit at a time and mix with your hands until a shaggy dough forms. You may not need all of the water (or you might need more - it will depend on the humidity in your house).
  • Knead the dough until it is soft and pliable. Flatten to a disc and wrap in plastic wrap. Place it in the refrigerator for at least an hour.
  • Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface. Place the dough in a 9" or 10" pie pan and trim the edges. Flute the edges with your thumb and forefinger. Place the pie pan back in the refrigerator for another 30 minutes.

Make the filling

  • Once the crust dough has chilled in the refrigerator, preheat your oven to 350℉.
  • Place the crust in your preheated oven and bake for 15 minutes. The crust should appear dry and not browned. Remove this from the oven and let it cool while you work on the filling.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment or in a large bowl if using handheld mixer, cream the melted butter with the sugar together on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes.
  • Add the cocoa powder, eggs, evaporated milk, vanilla, and salt and mix well. The batter should be free of lumps.
  • Pour the batter into your baked crust and place it in the oven to bake for another 40-45 minutes or until the edges are set and the center is still a little bit jiggly. If needed, you can cover the crust with aluminum foil halfway through baking so the crust does not burn.
  • Remove the pie from the oven and allow it cool to room temperature before slicing and serving. If desired, garnish with whipped cream.

Notes

Leftover pie should be stored, covered, in the refrigerator and will last several days.
Sources: Crust from here and pie from Lee Ann Flemming, via Food & Wine

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