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Frigidaire Double Oven Workout {Recipe: Grandma’s Chocolate Cream Pie}

Over the past month we have enjoyed our Frigidaire Symmetry Double Oven but to be honest with you, haven’t had the opportunity to really give it a good workout. This past week, things changed and we made up for lost time!

Over the last seven days, we have used our Frigidaire Symmetry Double Oven to make:

  • 28 loaves of Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day (for our Christmas celebration and as gifts to our neighbors)
  • 3 lasagnas
  • 1 Baked Brie with Caramelized Onions (recipe coming soon!)
  • 1 Honey Baked Ham
  • 1 large pan of oven roasted green beans
  • 5 dozen chocolate chip cookies
  • 1 pan of brownies
  • 2 batches of homemade cinnamon rolls
  • 6 pies (1 banana cream, 1 vanilla cream, 1 chocolate cream, 1 apple and 1 pumpkin)

A few of these things were baked earlier in the week, but most of the powerhouse stuff was done yesterday morning, all in time for our family Christmas dinner at 1pm.

I honestly never knew how much I needed a double oven! I didn’t have to wake up before dawn to schedule things out “just right” for oven time. We had plenty of space, things baking at different temperatures, and when lunch was ready everything was hot and perfectly cooked!

I’m thankful that the Frigidaire Double Oven let me give the gift of a good meal to 30 members of my family without a sleepless night and stress over oven space.

I can’t share this post without sharing the Chocolate Cream Pie that has been making an appearance at our family Christmas’ since way before my time. My Grandma Sumner was a master pie maker and this is the recipe she used and now we use to carry on her pie making tradition. Enjoy!

Grandma’s Chocolate Cream Pie {Adapted through the years from the original Betty Crocker Cookbook}

  • 1 9-inch Baked Pie Shell
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/3 cup cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 3 heaping Tablespoons cocoa
  • 3 cups milk
  • 4 egg yolks, slightly beaten
  • 3 Tablespoons butter
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  1. Bake pie shell. Mix sugar, cornstarch, cocoa and salt in saucepan. Gradually stir in milk. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens and boils. Boil and stir 1 minute.
  2. Stir at least half of the hot mixture gradually into egg yolks. Stir into hot mixture in saucepan. Boil and stir 1 minute; remove from heat.
  3. Stir in margarine and vanilla. Pour into pie shell; press plastic wrap onto filling. Refrigerate at least 2 hours but no longer than 48 hours.
  4. Remove plastic wrap; top with meringue (recipe below). Refrigerate any remaining pie immediately.

Recipe: Meringue for 9-inch Pie {Recipe adapted from Betty Crocker’s Cookbook}

  • 4 egg whites (keep cold until ready for use for best results)
  • 1/4 heaping teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 7 Tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla (I prefer to use clear vanilla so it doesn’t discolor the meringue)
  1. Beat egg whites and cream of tartar in 2 1/2 quart bowl until foamy.
  2. Beat in sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time; continue beating until stiff and glossy (Peaks should form when you pull up with a spoon}
  3. Do not under beat. Beat in vanilla.
  4. Spoon onto pie, sealing edges and using back of spoon to create “peaks” in the meringue.
  5. Bake at 400° for 8-12 minutes.

Disclosure: This post was written as part of my participation as a Frigidaire Test Drive Mom. I was given a Frigidaire Symmetry Double Oven Range to keep to facilitate my review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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  1. Gorgeous meringue!

  2. I need a double oven after reading this post! And plus, I wish I was your neighbor and receiving one of those loaves!

  3. So jealous of your oven!

  4. I need that oven in my kitchen! Two of them would be great, wouldn’t it?

  5. Uhhhh my gush that looks amazing.

    Happy New Year, Kristen!

  6. I dream of having 2 ovens one day!! You pie looks amazing. Happy new year, Kristen!

  7. I just have to say that your meringue is perfect. Perfect.

  8. What a beautiful pie, Kristen! Happy New Year!

  9. I was JUST telling Steve the other day while I was juggling dishes in the oven how I wish I had your oven!……….ask him how many times I said “I bet Kristen doesn’t have this problem” or “I bet Kristen would have had all this food ready an hour ago with her oven!” haha!!………..my next oven will be a double oven! lets hope sooner rather than later!

    Happy New Year!

  10. Incredible looking pie Kristen! So pretty. Sounds like you’ve been cooking up a mess of goodness over there. Hope your holiday season has been filled with as much love as the goodies you’ve been making! xoxoxo

  11. Soma Sengupta says:

    Great post. Thanks!

  12. My New Year’s wish would be for this oven! But I might not ever get anything done except bake bake bake!!!

  13. I’ve had a double oven on my wish list for awhile now! There are SO many times when I have to juggle things in and out of the oven and/or fiddle with the cooking temperature to get everything done at the right time…

  14. Wow, you’ve really been giving that oven a workout! It is such a blessing to have two ovens, especially during the holidays.

    Happy New Year!

  15. The Husband says:

    As the official taste tester I can say everything from the double oven has been great. I would highly recommend it. We now need a double dish washer to go with it. :)

    Happy new year, I love you.

    • Michelle Hudiburg says:

      This cousin will second that sentiment….about the food, not necessarily the dishwasher because I think the husband would make a pretty good second dishwasher. :-)

      It was a lovely day filled with warmth and laughter. Thank you for welcoming us all into your home!

  16. I could not live with out my double ovens and then another in the basement! Oh my I’m spoiled!! The pie looks amaZINGA!

  17. WOW..yes you totally gave your oven a workout!!!

  18. This looks so good, Kristen. Your meringue is beauti-ess!! Happy New Year! xx

  19. Truly, gorgeous meringue.

    But I can’t help wondering… what was the sixth pie?

  20. Annette Friesen says:

    I LOVE double ovens and out of the 28 different places I have lived, I have only enjoyed having it once. My current home has two stoves (we have a small living space and kitchen in the basement). Despite the inconvenience of one oven upstairs and one downstairs, I still love using two! I am glad to hear that this oven works well because I have been eyeing this one should the oven-fairy decide to bless me sometime in the future. Your pie looks amazing!!


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