Mama’s Famous From Scratch Chocolate Pudding Pie is silky, luscious, and velvety. This classic recipe is super easy and can be made in less than 30 minutes.
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Mama’s Famous From Scratch Chocolate Pudding Pie is the chocolate pie recipe that my mom has made for as long as I can remember. My dad really liked it that’s why she made it so often. That and the fact that it’s super easy to make.
My dad loved desserts and we always had a homemade dessert on the counter when I was young. However, he didn’t like chocolate. This pie and this cake are the only two chocolate desserts he liked. I inherited his sweet tooth. By the way, I’m not a huge chocolate lover either. I know crazy!
Additionally, I’d rather make a dessert than make a savory recipe a million times over as you can tell from my large ratio of dessert to savory recipes.
How to make Mama’s Famous From Scratch Chocolate Pudding Pie
- This is an old Southern recipe and old Southern recipes are easy! Don’t over-think this recipe.
- Read through the recipe a couple of times so that you know the flow.
- You can add Steps 2, 3, and 4 all at once, but adding as I have indicated makes them stir together easier. You’re not allowing the mixture to cook between each step. Once you get Step 2 combined, add Step 3 ingredients and stir, then Step 4 and stir.
- Now that you have all the ingredients mixed together, you will bring this mixture to a boil. A boil is when bubbles are breaking through the surface and can’t be stirred down. Boil, whisking constantly, for one minute. Set the timer. Boiling is what makes the mixture thick. To quote Emeril, “It will not get its full thickening power until it boils.”
- Remove from HEAT. Add butter and vanilla and whisk to blend.
- Finally, you can do one of two things depending on if you want to top it with meringue or whipped cream.
- For the whipped cream: Cover with plastic wrap, place in refrigerator, and cool 4-6 hrs.
- For the meringue: Make meringue as instructed below. Top pie with meringue, cook, and cool completely on the countertop before storing in an airtight container in the refrigerator. You’ll have to be careful because plastic wrap will stick to the meringue. I recommend a pie cover if you use meringue.
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Tips and Recommendations
- Basically, this recipe is a homemade chocolate pudding that’s cooked on the stovetop then poured into a baked pie shell. You can make a pie crust. I have two easy pie crust recipes for you to use, Coconut Oil Pie Crust and Never Fail Pie Crust.
- Coincidentally, you could use a graham cracker crust, Oreo crust, or shortbread crust.
- As well, you can make individual tarts with the pudding. Individual desserts are the best!
- Or, you may prefer to forego a crust and eat it as, well, pudding. For the record, chocolate pudding is best warm with a dollop of whipped cream.
- Please note, I topped my pie with whipped cream. I don’t like meringue. Typically, this pie is topped with mile-high meringue, therefore, I have included the meringue recipe below as well.
- You may want this pie pan if you intend you make a homemade crust.
Tips for making meringue
Meringue needs to be made slowly and cannot be rushed. Add the sugar slowly! If you add it too quickly while you are beating the egg whites the meringue will ‘weep’ after it bakes. ‘Weep’ actually means a gooey syrup that looks like tears will ooze out of the meringue. Try to add the sugar one teaspoon at a time every 30 seconds. Yes, it does take a while, but you’ll get a superior meringue using this method.
Mama's Famous From Scratch Chocolate Pudding Pie
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For the chocolate filling
- 1 premade deep dish pie crust
- ¼ cup cocoa sifted (This is a good brand.)
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour sifted (I like this brand.)
- 1 and ⅓ cup sugar
- 3 large egg yolks beaten
- 1 and ½ cup whole milk
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract (I use this brand.)
- 2 tablespoon real butter (like this)
For the meringue
- 3 large egg whites
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Blind bake pie crust for 7 minutes. Blind bake means to bake the pie crust without anything in it. Pierce the bottom of the crust 4 to 5 times with the tines of a fork. Bake at 350 degrees for 7 minutes. Cool 10 minutes.
- Meanwhile, In a saucepan at medium temperature, whisk together sugar and egg yolks until combined.
- Add flour and cocoa powder to egg mixture. Whisk to combine.
- Add milk and stir gently to combine.
- Cook, whisking constantly, over medium heat until mixture comes to a boil. Boil for 1-minute, whisking continuously.
- Pour chocolate pudding mixture into the pie crust.
- Pour into serving dishes or into the cooled, blind baked 9" pie crust. Cover with Plastic wrap. Cool in refrigerator 4-6 hours or until firm. Top with whipped cream or meringue.
For the meringue
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
- Place egg whites in the bowl of an electric mixer
- Beat until soft peaks begin to form
- Slowly add sugar
- Beat until they form stiff, glossy peaks
- Fold in vanilla
- Spread meringue over pie
- Bake in preheated 350 degree oven for 8 to 10 minutes, or until meringue is golden brown
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Helen kelley says
Thanks this recipe I made 3 pies this morning and the pudding is Great I bake for my small community and the Cholate pie lovers can’t wait to get this pie!
Sheila M Hunt says
Absolutely the best chocolate pudding I’ve ever had!!! I am on a quest to bake and cook as much as I can from scratch. Thank you for posting this great recipe!!!
I’m so happy you enjoyed it!
Excited to try this recipe! Would it work with 2% milk instead of whole milk?
Yes, it will.
great, like my grandmother used to make! easy, simple, perfect( get the boil)
Hi Paula, could I add more cocoa powder to make it taste more like dark chocolate-ish? Thank you.
Yes or you can use Hershey’s special dark> https://bit.ly/35lqojl
Easy and quick recipe. Haven’t tasted it yet but looking forward to it! Meringue was easy with the tips given. Thanks so much.
Alexa B says
This is the best dessert I have ever made. So amazing
Brad Oglesby says
This recipe is very similar to a very old one my southern grandma used to make. I am trying to reconstruct her recipe from a list of ingredients. Her recipe calls for twice the milk. Whats up with That? Everything else is same except using cornstarch as thickening agent.
Interesting….. I’m not sure how it will work with that much milk.
Does this recipe call for enough meringue to cover the top of the pie entirely?
I will try this recipe tonight
Delicious!!, however it wasn’t enough pie filling for my 9″ deep dish. I had to make another half recipe.
Super easy recipe and very delicious! I put it in the fridge before I realized I had to bake it but it was still amazing. Instead of the meringue I topped it off with some homemade whipped cream and I got the hubby’s approval!
I love this pie! I make it several times a year and my whole family loves it!
This is delicious!! Made it in a graham cracker crust and topped it with a Swiss meringue.
This reminds me of my grandma’s recipe. Super fast and easy, a lot better than what comes in a box.
kevin downs says
How long should it cool
Well, it’s really good warm, but it will be a huge runny mess if you don’t wait until it completely room temperature to cut it. You can refrigerate it to chill and speed the process.
What temperature should the oven be when baking the pudding for 8 minutes?
350 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes until golden
Are you sure that there is only 1/3 cup of sugar I made it and it’s not very sweet. Just wondering if that was right. Thank you.
It’s 1 and 1/3 cups
I printed this recipe out several years ago and it called for 1/3 cup of sugar. I couldn’t find it this morning so I went back to this bookmarked page which says 1 and 1/3. I tried to make it that way but way too much sugar to combine with only 3 eggs. Then found my original printed out recipe.
It’s not a real sweet pudding but I can’t believe you can add 5 times more sugar.
1 and 1/3 is correct and the way I originally posted it. The 1 cup was somehow left off when my site updated. I went back and dug my mother’s original recipe out and verified.
I’m so confused. I made it (I thought) per instructions.. but I never saw where you bake the pudding????? Is that why mine never fully set up??
It’ll set without being baked. The only time I put it in the oven is if I put meringue on it and it’s only to toast the meringue then. When you cook it, it should be pretty thick, like a thick gravy, then it’ll set.
I just did a practice run of just the pudding cuz it’s been years since I made pudding from scratch. I couldn’t find my vanilla so I used Fireball whiskey instead. It’s so good and so easy to make! I plan on making this pie for my chocoholic friend next week.
How long are you supposed to chill the filling? It thickened but the recipe didn’t say how thick before pouring into pie crust?
New baker alert!
Sondra Oppedisano says
Wait for pudding to cool completely then por into pie crust.
Lisa (and Aviya) says
Delicious and simple! My 13 year old daughter made this delight for Pi day today.
Sharon Richardson says
Thank you for posting this, this is the chocolate pie my mom use to make. And it is to die for…
do you have a good brownie recipe, I lost the one my mom use to use? Also a recipe for German noodles?
I don’t have German noodles. These are my 2 favorite brownie recipes. I honestly can’t decide which one I like better
Betty frame says
I must have cooked the pudding too long. It was stiff & very thick. I like mine sweeter also. Good recipe , however & I will try it again with a few changes. Anxious to see what my hubby thinks.
Ashleigh Russell says
Excited to try making this. Little worried that the egg yolks will turn into scrambled eggs when I heat them with the sugar tho. Should I gradually heat these while mixing?
Yes, always temper when adding cold to hot
Okay, thank you. Should I wait until the eggs and sugar are at medium heat to start adding the other ingredients or start combining everything right away?
You can add everything immediately after the sugar and eggs
if i don’t want to top it with anything do I still have to cook it? should it be refrigerated for a certain amount of time prior to serving?
It needs to cook to set.
Just found this and made it today for Easter. I’ve never made from scratch pudding before. I will never buy powdered fake pudding in a box again. This was to die for.
I agree. Thank you so much! Glad you liked it
Can u use premise crust with this and should I bake the crust before adding pudding
You can use a premade crust, yes, bake it 5 to 7 minutes before filling. I thought I had that in the post. I will amend it.
We’re about to try this for pi day at my son’s school this Wed. Should we use sweetened or unsweetened cocoa? TIA!
Unsweetened. You you guys like it
Turned out great! We did the s’more version that Lindsey suggested and used mini-marshmallows to make the pi sign. Luckily we made an extra one for ourselves as he has to sell the other two tomorrow at the sixth year pi sale. Thanks so much for the inspiration. Happy to send a cute pic if there’s a way to upload.
Delicious turned out an old fashion taste although the merign did not peak out like I thought, however I added cream of tartar and bam tall wonderful peaks and delicious as well thanks for the quick easy recipe taste wonderful.
Have been I’ll for a couple days now and the only thing I craved oddly was chocolate pudding. I came across this recipe while lying around and it is Fabulous
I’ve made this three times since discovering the recipe less than a month ago. I have topped it with marshmallows on a graham cracker crust for an amazing s’mores pie (top with halved marshmallows and bake at 375 for 10-15 minutes, watching closely to remove when they’re lightly golden). Make sure the pudding is fully thickened – my first attempt, while delicious, didn’t set. Thank you for posting the recipe!
I’m so happy you like it!! Your version sounds wonderful!!!
Lorna Benner says
Really enjoyed making it
Hi Paula! How many individual tarts do you think this recipe would make?
WOW, this is a great recipe!
This pie looks so good and won’t have the instant pudding taste… Thank you. I too prefer whipped cream to meringue.. Will make for a gathering of friends, we are expecting at our house, soon…