Regina Rudd Merrick's Iron Skillet Chocolate Pie

Regina Rudd Merrick began reading romance and thinking of book ideas as early as her teenage years when she attempted a happily-ever-after sequel to “Gone With the Wind.” That love of fiction parlayed into a career as a librarian, and finally to writing full-time. She began attending local writing workshops and continued to hone her craft by writing several short and novel-length fan-fiction pieces published online, where she met other authors with a similar love for story, a Christian worldview, and happily-ever-after. 

Married for 30+ years and active in their church in Marion, KY, Regina and her husband have two grown daughters who share her love of music, writing, and the arts. She is the author of three books and a novella: Carolina Dream (Apr. 2017), Carolina Mercy (July 2018), Carolina Grace (February 2019), and Pawleys Aisle (part of the Coastal Promises collection, Sept. 2019), in the Southern Breeze Series. Learn more about Regina HERE.

Regina's Latest Book Release - Pawleys Aisle

(part of the Coastal Promises collection)

Leaving a lucrative position in the banking world for the creative world of weddings, Chelsea Prince finds the perfect venue, Pawleys Island Chapel, next door to the perfect walled garden. Her elderly neighbor and partner-in-planning have an agreement, but when the unexpected happens, she has to deal with the cranky grandson who wants to be left alone to write the next great American novel. Since Chelsea has sworn off men, it shouldn’t be a problem to ignore him and go on her way hosting weddings in the chapel. But when Marc McCallum offers up a compromise, she wonders if maybe there is one man out there that can be trusted. Buy the book HERE.

Regina's Iron Skillet Chocolate Pie

This recipe has been a favorite in our family since my mother found it in an Eastern Star cookbook that was given to her as a wedding gift in 1963! We’ve tweaked it over the years, and this recipe will accommodate one nine-inch pie pan, or a deep dish frozen pie crust.

1 ½ cups sugar
3 tablespoons (rounded) flour
3 tablespoons (rounded) cocoa
4 tablespoons butter (1/2 stick)
3 eggs, separated
1 ½ cups milk
1 ½ teaspoons vanilla
1 9-inch deep-dish pie shell, baked according to directions or recipe

Mix sugar, flour, and cocoa in a bowl and set aside. Combine beaten egg yolks and milk and set aside. Melt butter in a skillet; add sugar mixture and mix lightly. Add egg mixture and stir constantly. Cook slowly until mixture thickens. Add vanilla and blend well. Pour into baked pie shell. Beat egg whites with sugar (to taste) until stiff peaks appear, then spoon it onto the top of the chocolate mixture. Brown in a 400-degree oven for 5-10 minutes. Makes 8 generous servings.

(image from The recipe is very similar, but for a smaller pie)