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Southern Chocolate Brownie Pie for Alice and “The Help”

August 14, 2011

When I read Kathryn Stockett’s book, “The Help”, last year, I couldn’t put it down. I loved it. I must admit. It sort of hit close to home since I was raised in Alabama predominantly by my maid, Alice. Alice rode the bus to our house five days a week, and she took care of me from the day I was born until I was a teenager. I was the baby of the family with three other siblings. My parents traveled often, and since I was the youngest, I usually spent the majority of my time with her. Looking back, it’s really amazing that Alice didn’t own a car or have a driver’s license, and yet, I happily stayed at home with her all of the time. Unlike the book, we didn’t have separate bathroom quarters. Instead, my parents treated her as a part of our family. She was so loving, and she had the sweetest heart. She made the best fried chicken, fried okra and of course, desserts. Last night, I took my daughter, Leigh, to see The Help, and I highly recommend it.  In honor of this movie and in memory of Alice, I thought I would share a recipe for this Southern Chocolate Brownie Pie. It’s so easy, crustless and it’s one of my favorites. Cheers to “The Help” and great women like Alice and those in this fabulous story.

Southern Chocolate Brownie Pie

Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 40 minutes
11/2 cups granulated sugar
1/2 cup all-purpose or whole wheat flour
1/3 cup dark chocolate cocoa
1/2 cup butter, softened
3 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 cup dark chocolate or semisweet chocolate morsels
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1 Whipped Cream (optional)
1. Preheat oven to 325F.

2. Combine sugar, flour, cocoa, butter, eggs, vanilla and salt in a mixing bowl and beat at medium speed with an electric mixer. Stir in chocolate morsels and walnuts. Spread batter evenly in a lightly greased 9-inch pie plate.

3. Bake in preheated oven for 40 minutes. Let cool at least 30 minutes before slicing. Serve with whipped cream, if desired.


27 Responses to “Southern Chocolate Brownie Pie for Alice and “The Help””
August, 17 2011at 01:28 am
Alice sounds like such a great person. I have another friend who grew up in similar situation and she totally considered her as her second mom :-) Beautiful recipe!
September, 15 2011at 09:52 am
Alice sounds like a wonderful lady. Great tribute and great recipe.
August, 14 2011at 04:24 pm
Sounds delicious Alison! I loved the book and can't wait to see the movie.
Julie says:
August, 14 2011at 04:28 pm
I loved the movie, and that is such a sweet story. Great looking recipe Alison!
August, 14 2011at 04:29 pm
this looks divine + your story about alice is just too sweet! i'll definitely be going to see The Help soon + will absolutely be making this!
Tracy says:
August, 14 2011at 04:30 pm
Very sweet Alison. Fabulous, book, movie and well deserved on the "cheers" to great women
Alley says:
August, 14 2011at 04:43 pm
I loved the book and movie. Sweet, sweet post in many ways :)
August, 14 2011at 04:45 pm
That is very sweet :-). It is amazing how some people touch our lives and leave an impression forever! The pie looks amazing!
August, 14 2011at 04:56 pm
Oh I love this! I've not read the book yet, but it's on my list. And that pie? In my face, now.
August, 14 2011at 05:35 pm
Alison, I'm on it..tomorrow is my daughter's birthday and now I know exactly what to make. Thanks for offering a small glimpse of your story. What a wonderful movie I can't wait to read the book. Jeannie
Kathleen says:
August, 15 2011at 12:18 am
I can't wait to see this movie! Love the pie. YUM
August, 15 2011at 07:30 am
Great tribute to Alice! I loved the book the Help and will have to go see the movie soon.
Anne Autry says:
August, 15 2011at 08:58 am
This pie looks delicious!!
August, 15 2011at 09:35 am
I, too, loved the book and the movie. I felt that it was one of the better books-to-film I've seen. This pie looks utterly fabulous. Thank you for sharing both the recipe and your story!
Delia says:
August, 15 2011at 09:44 am
exact same story. Just change the name from Alice to Ethyl
August, 15 2011at 10:01 am
Wow, Alison, I am blown away.
August, 15 2011at 10:43 am
That's so sweet. :-) I finished reading the book last week and just can't wait to see the movie! I'm glad it know it was good! P.S. That pie looks amazing. And luckily not Minnie's Pie. ;-)
Jeanette says:
August, 15 2011at 02:54 pm
What a nice tribute to Alice - I've been wanting to read the book but haven't had the chance yet. Hopefully I'll catch the movie too. Growing up, we had several different women taking care of me and my siblings. It is amazing that they didn't know how to drive, yet we were happily occupied a home, unlike these days where kids seem to "need" to be everywhere!
August, 15 2011at 03:22 pm
I can definitely relate the The Help, too, Alison. My mother had the same maid, Susie Mae, for over 40 years and now her daughter is mother's maid. Susie Mae was definitely part of the family and was treating as such. She would love your pie!
August, 15 2011at 04:18 pm
--Oh, Alice. What a gem she must have been & What a delicious story you have to tell. I despised turning the last page of "The Help." I loved it. I have saved this recipe to my Favorites. Can't wait to make it. Thank You. Power to all of those women like Alice!!!!!!!!!
marla says:
August, 16 2011at 08:14 am
Alison, this is such a loving tribute to Alice. It is so interesting to learn about your special relationship with her. Love the pie!
Maria says:
August, 16 2011at 03:07 pm
I loved The Help and can't wait to see the movie!
August, 16 2011at 04:16 pm
This is so sweet! And that looks absolutely delicious! Thanks for sharing!
Big Momma says:
September, 02 2011at 09:18 pm
Made this tonight. It needed probably extra 7 mins though but being undercooked didn't bother my family. I sprinkled walnuts on my half since kids dont care for them and they stayed put. Topped with Blue Bell vanilla ice cream hit the spot.
Elle says:
August, 19 2011at 02:07 pm
Alice sounds like such a sweet woman. Thanks for sharing some of your memories, and this fantastic recipe!
August, 22 2011at 02:08 pm
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Tiffany says:
September, 08 2011at 11:42 am
I made this for my family last night and they LOVE IT!! It's definitely a new favorite in our home. Thank You!

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