Colonial Innkeeper’s Pie

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

Serves 8

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 egg
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.


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