Recipe: Gretchen Getz’s Tim Burton Inspired Chocolate Chess Pie

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Gretchen’s Pie earned her a third place ribbon in the Tim Burton Inspired Pie category at the Third Annual Good Food Pie Contest.  Read Gretchen’s story below…
The pie I made was a Chocolate Chess Pie & to my surprise came in third in the Tim Burton category!  And I have to give credit to my husband for helping me with the stencil for the pie I brought to the contest.  Couldn’t have made it look so good without him!  I moved to LA from Ohio 9 years ago and work for a property management company.  During the winter my husband and I enjoy snowboarding.  My baking, which I don’t do enough, started with my 4-H projects every summer for the county fair.  Every summer was a different cooking project and also a bake-off.  I decided to make the Chocolate Chess Pie simply because it is my favorite (and it’s so simple!) and hadn’t made it in awhile.  This gave me a good reason to dust off the recipe and make a couple.
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Chocolate Chess Pie

1-1/2 cups sugar
3 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
2 eggs, beaten
1 – 5oz. can evaporated milk
1/4 cup margarine or butter, melted
1 tsp. vanilla
Dash of salt
– one 9 inch unbaked pie shell
– Preheat oven to 325
– In medium mixing bowl, stir together the sugar and the cocoa.  Add the eggs, evaporated milk, melted margarine/butter, vanilla, and salt.
– Pour the mixture into a pastry lined tart pan or pie plate.
– Bake in the 325 oven about 50 minutes or until puffed over the entire surface.
– Cool on a wire rack.
– Sprinkle with powdered sugar if desired.