How To Make Old-Fashioned Chocolate Pie


1/2 cup water
1 1/2 (1 ounce) squares unsweetened chocolate
1/4 cup butter or margarine
2/3 cup sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/4 cup shortening
3/4 cup sugar
1 egg
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup milk
1 (9 inch) unbaked pastry shell
2 tablespoons chopped nuts


In a saucepan, bring water, chocolate and butter to a boil; boil for 1 minute. Remove from the heat; add sugar and vanilla. Set aside. In a mixing bowl, cream shortening and sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg; beat well. Combine flour, baking powder and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with milk. Pour into pastry shell. Carefully pour reserved chocolate mixture over filling. Sprinkle with nuts if desired. Cover edges of pastry with foil. Bake at 350 degrees F for 55-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.



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