Southern Fudge Pie

    1 (9 inch) pie crust
    1 and 1/2 cup sugar
    3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
    4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
    2 large eggs, beaten
    3 egg yolks
    3/4 cup milk (evaporated, whole, or half and half)
    1 teaspoon vanilla
    1/4 teaspoon salt
    2 cups sweetened whipped cream

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Bake pie crust for 10 minutes.  Remove from the oven; set aside.


In the bowl of an electric mixer using the paddle attachment, blend sugar with cocoa powder, butter, eggs, egg yolks, milk, vanilla and salt until creamy smooth.


Pour the filling into pie shell and bake for 45 minutes, or until the filling is set around the edges but a little jiggly in the center.  


Remove from oven and place on a cooling rack until completely cooled.  Before serving, top with sweetened whip cream.


Note:  If crust begins to brown too much, place a ring of foil strips around the edge of the pie crust.