Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Chocolate Cream Pie

I can't begin to tell you how long it has been since I had Chocolate Cream Pie. Probably since I last made it and that was a long, long time ago. My mother made great cream pies. . . . chocolate, coconut, and banana pies covered in perfect meringues. Although I wasn't good with a pie crust, I'd still try to make them. Mine were not bad but they were not as good as Mom's. I guess I quit making pies as my boys got older. One pie lasted one day. A cake would usually last at least two days. To me making pies was harder than making cakes and the pie was eaten in one day. So along about the time the youngest was five, I stopped making pies.

Sometimes a restaurant has chocolate pie but these days if it is a chocolate cream pie it is covered in whipped cream and it is gigantic. If I was thinking of a little dessert after dinner, just seeing the huge slab of pie on the plate was enough to make me turn it down.

This Sunday it was different. We went to La Mansion de Montitlan for comida. Dessert was included. There were choices for dessert but I chose the "Homemade Chocolate Pie." What you see above is what they served. Just the right size, a beautiful meringue and creamy chocolate pie. Not dark chocolate. Just the perfect chocolate like my Mom made. With every bite images flashed through my mind of  dinner tables and who at the table when we ate chocolate cream pie. Funny how foods from your childhood can do that.

I went looking for a chocolate pie recipe similar to the one Mom made and this is about as close as I came. The reason I chose this one is that it was the only one that used cocoa and flour and that is what I remember her using. And it was one of the few chocolate pies with a meringue topping. I'll probably have to try to make it . . . after I find out how to adjust the meringue for this altitude.

14 comments:

Heather said...

That does look like an amazing dessert! Yum!

Calypso said...

Yum!

Anonymous said...

where is La Mansion de Montitlan? is it a new restaurant or old favorite? I know a lot of restaurants in SMA but, don't remember hearing this name.

thanks, Lena James

Anonymous said...

I googled it..........like I always wonder why people don't!!! & now I do remember hearing about it. sorry for the question.
Lena

Jonna said...

That looks delicious and the perfect size. I wish I were better with pie crust, it has never turned out the way I'd like. Plus, with the heat and humidity it is even more difficult.

I've started making crumb crusts with some of the great cookies that are sold here. The cinnamon cookies, coconut cookies and orange cookies make a great crumb crust.

Now I'm thinking about chocolate tarts with an orange cookie crust.

Babs said...

The great thing is that allllll those ingredients are available in Mexico......Thanks! It reminded me of the chocolate pie at the Blue Bonnet Cafe in Marble Falls, Tx. They even have a "pie happy hour", my kinda place. Ha.......

Billie said...

Lena, I would have had a link for La Mansion de Montitlan if I could have found one but all I found were references to it. The food was good and the house is so lovely and the setting on the terrace was just spectacular. They served a chilled mango bisque that was to die for. Get on their mailing list and the next time you are in SMA....GO! I might see you there. LOL

Billie said...

Jonna, I know I like the cookie crusts too. The cinnamon crust with the chocolate pie would be a reference back to the Mexican chocolate.

Billie said...

Pie Happy Hour!
I love the idea.

Marc Olson said...

My my. Looks good enough to warrant a visit to SMA.

Billie said...

Marc, come visit SMA anytime. You would be welcome. BTW, that is a Chamber Music festival starting in July. Then a film festival. Always a festival.

Leslie Limon said...

YUM! Cream pies are my favorite, especially banana, but this pie looks so good, I just might have to make one this week. :)

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