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K&W Cafeteria's Southern Chocolate Pie Copycat Recipe

The K&W Cafeteria is a staple establishment in North Carolina and Virginia, and they serve some of the best Southern food. K&W is a cafeteria style restaurant where you have the ability to select from several salads, meats, vegetables/sides, breads, and desserts. I have the fondest memories going to the K&W to have dinner with my family. The closest location to us was in Goldsboro, NC in the Berkeley Mall. That location is now permanently closed but there are still locations open in the NC and VA area. The K&W Cafeteria was a great place to go to get a wholesome Southern meal that tasted like someone grandmother made the entire spread. If you live further South, there is a similar restaurant called Piccadilly that has the same concept. My favorite dessert at K&W was their Southern Chocolate Pie. As a chocoholic, this pie is a 10 out of 10. The filling is cooked on the stove similar to a lemon meringue pie. This pie is served at the K&W with a homemade whipped cream, but you could also top it with homemade meringue as well. This is a delicious pie to make for any summer gathering. See below for the full recipe. If you try it, make sure to tag me on social media @spilling_the_sweettea.

Ingredients Needed to Make Southern Chocolate Pie

4 tablespoons of cocoa

3/4 cups of sugar

5 tablespoons of all-purpose flour

1/4 teaspoon of salt

2 egg yolks, lightly beaten

1 1/2 cups of whole milk

1/2 teaspoon of vanilla

1 tablespoon of butter

1 9-inch frozen pie crust

Directions to Make Southern. Chocolate Pie

  1. Preheat the oven to 350° F.

  2. Using a fork, poke holes in the piecrust with a fork. Place parchment paper of the pie crust and weigh down the parchment paper with pie weights or dried beans.

  3. Bake for 15-20 minutes until the pie crust is light brown. Remove from the oven and set aside.

  4. In a large saucepan, whisk together the cocoa, sugar, flour, salt, egg yolks, and milk.

  5. On medium heat, cook while stirring until the pie filling thickens, about 10 to 12 minutes.

  6. Remove the chocolate filling from the heat and stir in the vanilla and butter.

  7. Full the pre-baked pie crust with the pie filling.

  8. Top with homemade whipped cream and chocolate shavings.

Homemade Whipped Cream

1 pint of heavy whipping cream, VERY COLD

½ cup of powdered sugar

1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

Directions to Make Homemade Whipped Cream

1. Place the bowl of a standing mixer into the refrigerator to chill for at least 15-30 minutes (or longer).

2. Add cold whipping cream, powdered sugar and vanilla extract to the chilled bowl of a standing mixer (or chilled mixing bowl).

3. Use the wire whisk attachment to a standing mixer, or a hand-held mixer, and beat the ingredients together, starting on low speed and increasing to high slowly as it begins to firm up.

4. Beat for 60-90 seconds until stiff peaks form. Stopping once halfway through to scrape down the sides of the bowl.

5. Transfer mixture to a piping tool to pipe whipped cream along the edge of the pie.

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