I love finding old recipes. This is one my aunt Marjorie used to make.
A colonial innkeeper is a person that basically owns a hotel. The host/innkeeper will let people come into their inn. The host will serve these people, make their beds, and feed them. Colonial Innkeeper’s Pie is a rich chocolate vanilla pie is actually a cake batter baked in a pie shell. It started with the early American custom of baking cake batter in pastry. This dessert is also called, “Funny Cake” because it is a pie and cake all in one.
Colonial Innkeeper’s Pie
1 recipe pastry for a 9 inch single crust pie
1 1/2 (1 oz) squares unsweetened chocolate
1/2 cup water
2/3 cup white sugar
1/4 cup butter
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup white sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup shortening
1/2 cup milk
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
In a small pan, melt the chocolate with the water. Stir in 2/3 cup sugar. Heat to boiling, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Stir in butter or margarine and 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla. Set aside.
Blend together flour, 3/4 cup sugar, baking powder, salt, shortening, milk, and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla with an electric mixer on low speed to mix. Beat on medium speed for 2 minutes. Mix in the egg. Beat 2 minutes more. Pour batter into the pastry lined pan. Stir chocolate mixture, and pour over batter. Sprinkle with the nuts.
Bake in a 350˚ for 55 to 60 minutes. Serve warm.