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Momma Rita's Alabama Chocolate Pie

The Odom sibs were all in agreement that this was the best dish their Momma Rita made!

Momma Rita's Alabama Chocolate Pie

Why it's on our list

When Whitney and Courtney talked to the Odom siblings, they had fond memories of laughter around the dinner table and lots of breakfast for dinner. Being raised by a single mom, the meal itself, they recall, was pretty basic but but dessert was where Momma Rita really shined! Her family's chocolate pie recipe which hales from her childhood in Mobile Alabama, was the siblings absolute favorite. According to middle son, David, Momma Rita was able to whip this pie up out of nothing and was so delicious that it often became the main course.


  • 2 Tbls butter at room temperature

  • 1 c sugar

  • 1 whole egg

  • 2 egg yolks

  • 1 tsp vanilla

  • 1 1/2 Tbls cocoa powder

  • 1 c. milk

  • 3 Tbls flour

  • pinch of salt


Heat oven to 350

Mix sugar, flour, cocoa and salt in a 2 qt saucepan.

Blend in eggs and milk to mixture

Cook until thickened over medium heat, stirring constantly.

Remove from heat and add butter and vanilla

Pour into a 9" baked pie shell and top with merengue.

Bake until golden brown on top.

Merengue Topping:


  • 4 large egg whites

  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tarter

  • 1/4 c. sugar


Separate eggs and allow to come to room temperature.

Pour egg whites into a bowl.

Whip the egg whites until they are glossy and smooth.

Add the cream of tarter to help eggs hold their shape.

Slowly add sugar to the egg whites about a tablespoon at a time, beating after each time you add more sugar. Continue beating unit stiff peaks are formed.

Add to top of pie and bake for about 10 minutes until golden brown

Momma Rita


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