I Love New Mexico

About all things New Mexican

Posted by bunnyterry on January - 20 - 2015 | 3 Comments

A couple of months ago, I promised to post my Grandma Ayres’ chocolate pie recipe after the Texas cousins dinner was over.   I just felt compelled to try it before I posted it.  Yes, in fact, my cousin Tommy’s version was perfect (we all wanted to put our heads in the pie pan and lap up the scraps), but sometimes you want to know if the recipe is really as easy as he says.

It looks simple, which was the secret to the success of Grandma’s recipes – she raised ten kids in Porter, New Mexico, on a farmer’s income.  And no one was ever hungry at her house, whether it was 1932 or 1975. Here she is with six of her daughters. What a crew of beauties they were! That’s my mother, third from the left.

1-Grandma and the girls


So, here’s the recipe.  Tommy’s right – it’s very easy –  the results will amaze everyone at your next potluck.


3 cups milk, 3 eggs, 1 1/2 cup sugar, 1/2 cup flour, 2 tablespoons cocoa, 1/2 tablespoon butter and 1 teaspoon vanilla.

Combine all ingredients in a saucepan over medium heat and cook until thick (like pudding).  Pour into precooked pie shell.  Let set.

That’s it!  If you make two of these, and a red velvet cake, and a german chocolate cake, a pot roast, a ham, five pounds of mashed potatoes, homemade rolls, fresh blackeyed peas, sliced cantaloupes from the garden, fried squash and a bowl of cucumbers and onions in vinegar, you’ll get close to approximating Sunday dinner at Grandma’s.  Number of servings?  About 14 aunts and uncles and 32 cousins.

Good luck!

3 Responses so far.

  1. Vicky says:

    Once again you’re making me get teary eyed. I miss those Sunday dinners so much. They were always the BEST!!

  2. Glenna Bourne says:

    Thank you for the recipe. It does sound simple –I just hope that it cooks as quick as it is simple. The dinner sounded good also especially the fresh black-eyed peas. Here in Kansas no one has such a thing and they turn up their nose when you ask about it. Keep showing the good things in New Mexico. It starts my day out just right.

  3. Betty terry says:

    It is awfully hard to pick a fovorite when it comes to New Mexico food-thank goodness, we have an abundance of green chilis and can add it to almost everthing. You always make them sound better than they are; and that’s saying something.

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