The Hoka’s Hot Fudge Pie

The Hoka had two signature desserts: the New York-style cheesecake made by the Freer sisters, and a hot fudge pie made by Jani Mae Locke Collier. Jani Mae is a native of Oxford and Lafayette County. I think her family’s home was at the east end of Fudgetown Road where it runs into Hwy. 334. She and my sister Cindy lived together when the Hoka was getting started, and Jani brought this family recipe to the Moonlight when Betty Blair got it going. Jani Mae is married to one of the finest artists in the state, Emmett Collier, who makes beautiful pottery in Brandon, Mississippi. It’s a very simple recipe, easily made and best served a la mode.

Jani Mae’s Hot Fudge Pie

1 cup sugar
1 stick butter
½ c. plain flour
5 tablespoons cocoa
2 eggs beaten

Cream butter and sugar, mix well with flour, cocoa and eggs. Spoon into a trimmed pie crust which has been baked for about five minutes, and place in middle rack of oven at 350 for about 30 minutes or until firm in the middle. Serves four.

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