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Fast, Fresh & Friendly One way to escape the heat in Texas is to visit a Luby's. When visiting this or any cafeteria, the meal isn't complete until you select your own dessert. Icebox pies are classic cafeteria food. If you cannot get to one, why not try your hand at recreating the experience at home? Here is their recipe for Chocolate Icebox Pie.

Plus, there always our classic Chocolate Meringue Pie.

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A quintessential cafeteria pie, this is from Luby's Cafeteria's 1996 spiral-bound 50th Anniversary Recipe Collection book. The "icebox" in the title means it sets in your refrigerator with plastic wrap over the filling until you take it out and top it with whipped cream. Yes, you can get away with the stuff from a can, but both Luby's and we recommend that you get the mixer out and make your own.
  • 2 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/4 cup cocoa
  • 1 tablespoon butter or margarine
  • 7 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 6 tablespoons water
  • 3 extra-large egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup miniature marshmellows
  • 1 9-inch baked pie shell, cooled
  • whipped cream
  • chocolate curls (optional)
In medium saucepan, combine 2 cups of milk, sugar, cocoa and butter. Bring to just a boil over medium heat.

In medium bowl, mix cornstarch and water until cornstarch is completely dissolved. Stir in remaining 1/2 cup of milk. Whisk in egg yolks and vanilla until well blended. Gradually add to mixture in saucepan, stirring constantly with whisk. Cook, stirring constantly, about two minutes or until mixture is thickened and smooth. Add marchmellows and stir until marshmellows melt and mixture is smooth.

Pour into pie shell. Press plastic wrap directly onto filling. Refrigerate at least two hours.

Remove plastic wrap. Top with whipped cream and garnish with chocolate curls. 8 servings.

Prep time: 30 minutes; Cooking time: 15 minutes; Total time: 3 hours 30 minutes Note: To make whipped cream, chill the bowl and beaters of an electric mixer in the freezer. Using the mixer, beat one cup of cold whipped cream at high speed until it begins to thicken. Add 1/4 cup of sugar and 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon vanilla. Continue beating until stiff peaks form. Overheating will turn whipping cream into butter.

To make decorative chocolate curls or shavings from a chocolate candy bar, use a potato peeler.

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The serving dishes in our photograph are Fiesta dinnerware.

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