Mrs. Ledbetter's Chocolate Pie

Today's recipe comes with a bit of a story and my typical "make do with what ya got" attitude. In 2009, we had the opportunity to live in the St. Louis area for about 6 months. While there, we saw, did and ate some amazing things. Mrs. Ledbetter's Chocolate Pie is one of those delicious things we devoured. We had gone to My Just Desserts in Alton, Illinois for lunch and this pie....Mrs. Ledbetter's Chocolate Pie.
Fast forward 4 years and I was wanting some of that pie real bad. I went searching for a copycat version and lo and behold, they had the recipe right on their website. Here it is...

Mrs. Ledbetter's Chocolate Pie
4 oz. German Chocolate Baking Bar (or 2/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips)
1/4 cup margarine (butter)
2 eggs
1 1/2 cups sugar
3 Tbsp. cornstarch
1/2 tsp. salt
1 (12oz.) can Evaporated milk
1 tsp. vanilla
1 10oz. unbaked deep dish pie crust (or 6 1-cup ramekins or homemade crumb crust and ramekins)
chopped pecans for sprinkling (approx. 3/4 cup)
coconut for sprinkling (approx. 3/4 cup)

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Microwave chocolate and butter for 1 minute until melted. Mix together. In medium bowl, beat eggs. Add sugar, cornstarch and salt. Beat until smooth. Blend into chocolate mixture. Gradually add milk and vanilla. Pour into unbaked pie shell. Sprinkle with pecans and coconut. Bake 50-60 minutes. Check center with knife, it should be thick.
I had almost everything for the pie, except the German Chocolate and the deep dish pie crust. I had to "make do". So, you'll see in the recipe up above that I put some things in parentheses...that's where I changed things up a bit.
Here are some step by step instructions:
Melt the German chocolate (or chocolate chips, in my case) and butter together in microwave for about 1 minute, stir to combine.
Beat eggs with mixer; then add sugar, cornstarch and salt, beating until smooth.
Blend in the chocolate mixture.
Add in the evaporated milk and vanilla, combining thoroughly.
Next, you should pour the pie mixture into an unbaked deep dish pie crust. This is another place I deviated from the recipe. I made my own crust with crushed Lorna Doone Shortbread Cookies and butter (about 30 cookies and 1/4 cup softened butter). I baked it for 10 minutes, then let it cool a bit. This was enough crust for a regular pie plate, but there was still left over pie mixture. After racking my brain for a few minutes, I finally decided just to put it in ramekins and bake it that way. Uh...YUM!
Once your pie filling is in the pie crust, sprinkle with pecans and coconut.
Only part of my family likes coconut, so I did a little 1/2 and 1/2 action on the pie.
For the ramekins, I was able to just sprinkle coconut on the individual cups. I only baked the ramekins for about 40 minutes.
So, I have now had Mrs. Ledbetter's Chocolate Pie in its original deep dish crust, in my Lorna Doone Shortbread Cookie crust and in a ramekin with no crust. And I love them all the same. It is just a deliciously rich and satisfying dessert that will make you smile, close your eyes and say, "Yum!"
Thank you, Mrs. Ledbetter, for this amazing pie. I don't know who you are, but you must be very special. Friends, thanks for sticking with me through all the substitutions! No matter how you choose to make this pie, your friends and family will love you for it. Just as, I'm sure, Mrs. Ledbetter's family feels about her. ;-)

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  1. This looks so yummy....would love to try this pie!

  2. Looks like a great pie! Wish I had a piece with my coffee now:@)

  3. Hi Nici. This pie looks super delicious, great job posting it! I was/am following your beautiful blog thru email and now with Bloglovin' too.

    Have a Sweet Day!

  4. Yummy!
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    Thanks for link up at my blog.
    Have a nice day.

  5. This looks delicious! My youngest son loves anything chocolate based, so he will love this! Thank you for the recipe!

  6. How funny that it was right on their website! It looks so good and who doesn't love chocolate pie! Thanks for sharing it!

  7. I must make this pie! OMG. I'm drooling for chocolate!

  8. Wow, I haven't made pie for so long, and you are making me want to get out the flour and start baking. This looks fantastic!

  9. Oh this sounds so good, I definitely have to make this one and to feature it too. Thanks tons for joining Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  10. Funny thing is that I was thinking that I had the german chocolate and didn't know what to make with it. This sounds like the solution but I am currently out of corn starch so I will add that to the list :) Thanks for the great recipe!

  11. Need towel... hurry... drooling!!!!

  12. Boy~ Do I wish I had a slice of that pie right now!! Yum! Lynn @ Turnips 2 Tangerines

  13. I've never made this pie, but your photos are making me wish I had a piece right now.
    I love choc, coconut and pecans so this is a must try for me!

  14. Oh man, this looks delicious! Thanks so much for sharing the recipe!

    Melissa @ The Alchemist

  15. This looks amazing. Never heard of it but looks yummy.
    Consider yourself hugged,

  16. Oh yum! I like your crust better than the regular pie crust. Actually, I think I could just eat the filling without any crust and I'd be more than happy!

  17. Oh my poor diet...this looks delicious! Thanks for sharing the recipe...I think, lol! Your citrus tablescape is also very cute. Thanks for sharing both at to What We Accomplished Wednesdays. Have a great week!


  18. I am in love with this pie, Nici! This would definitely satisfy the chocolate cravings. Thanks for sharing at Marvelous Mondays. Pinned to my MM board. Have a great week!

    Julie @ This Gal Cooks

  19. I'm definitely trying this recipe! Thank you!

  20. Hi Nici,
    Oh my, I can't wait to taste this pie. Your recipe is fabulous and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday. Have a great weekend and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

  21. This looks so yummy! How wonderful that the pie mix has no flour! and I can just put this in ramekins or a nut pie crust for a gluten free dessert! Thanks so much

  22. Yummy! Would love to have some right now with some coffee :) Thank you for sharing this at Rustic Restorations Weekend!

  23. So tasty! I really like the smaller dish of pie, too. It's so perfectly-sized!


  24. This looks amazing!! YUMMY! I just pinned, and can't wait to try this one. Thank you so much for sharing at A Bouquet of Talent this week. Have a wonderful weekend.

  25. What a yummy looking pie! Thanks for sharing it at Pint Sized Baker's Two Cup Tuesday party. I've pinned this and I hope to see you again on Monday night!

  26. Your pie looks so yummy! =)
    I love chocolate!

    Melissa @ My Recent Favorite books


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