News Date: 
Monday, December 20, 2004

Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Evelyn Knauft Makes a Chocolate Pie That's Big Around the House

From the Athens Banner-Herald

Evelyn Knauft's Angus Barn Chocolate Chess Pie was one of 120 recipes selected for "Taste of Home," sponsored by UGA Food Service.

Just how much butter, eggs, sugar, vanilla and chocolate chips would someone need to bake 875 pies, or enough to feed 7,000 hungry students, at one slice per student for merely one night? Evelyn Knauft of Oconee County recently found out just how much she'd need of each ingredient to feed her famous Angus Barn Chocolate Chess Pie to that many dessert craving students.

Her recipe for Angus Barn Chocolate Chess Pie, a favorite of her son, Greg, who attends the University of Georgia and has a meal plan at the school, was picked from hundreds of entries from students' parents' recipes, to feature at the event called, "Taste of Home."

"It's amazing," Knauft said in reference to the amount of ingredients needed to make pies for 7,000 students. "(UGA Food Services) has a computer program that translates regular recipes into massive recipes that they can work with."

Knauft's recipe calls for two eggs, which, for 7,000 students, UGA Food Service translates into 191 pounds 7 ounces, 1 cup granulated sugar converts to 383 pounds 1 ounce sugar, 1 teaspoon vanilla transforms to 1 gallon 2 cups vanilla, one dash salt changes to 1 pound 2 ounces salt, one stick of butter would equal 437 pounds 8 ounces butter, two ounces chocolate chips relays to 109 pounds 6 ounces chocolate chips and one pie crust becomes 875 pie crusts.

"That's a lot of pie," Knauft laughed about her translation she received in the mail along with her acceptance letter, letting her know her pie had made it into the "Taste of Home" this year.

Knauft received a decorative plate for her winnings, which included a thin red and black stripe surrounding the plate, a picture of the famous mascot, Uga, and, of course, the arches which stand on North Campus.

This is the second year Knauft has entered and won the contest; last year, she won for her carrot soufflé. "The carrot soufflé is a vegetable dish a little bit like sweet potato soufflé but better. The pie and the carrot soufflé are two of Greg's favorite dishes."

Knauft moved with her family to Oconee County in 1998 when her husband, David, received a job as associate dean for academic affairs in the environmental science department at UGA. Prior to 1998, David Knauft had been working as a professor of genetics at the University of North Carolina. Before the couple had their child he found a job in Florida as a professor, where Evelyn Knauft worked as a technical writer, using her zoology degree from Clemson to help out since she was working at an environmental consulting firm.

However, about the time Evelyn Knauft found that she was pregnant, David received a job offer from UNC, and she decided when the couple moved, she would become a stay-at-home mom. When the couple moved to Oconee County in 1998, though, their son, Greg, was in the eighth grade, and she realized she wanted to go back to work. She took a job at the Oconee County Library as a library assistant.

"I've always loved reading and writing, and with my scientific background, it really helps me in my work," Knauft said.

Knauft's son graduated from Oconee County High School in 2003.

"There were so many diverse classes available to him. The best thing that he was able to take was German classes with Beverly Dukes. With his German class, he traveled to Germany twice after 10th and 12th grade. Every high school doesn't offer that. It was terrific. He also was in marching band and played the trumpet. He also got to go to England for the Millennium parade. He had Mr. Provost for three years, who is a tremendous director, and the kids grew not only musically, but in other ways, too. They say that the better you do in high school, the better you'll do in college, and that's proven true."

Greg Knauft is now a sophomore at UGA, where he hopes to graduate with a major in psychology. On Tuesday nights from 10 p.m. to midnight, he is a DJ at the university station WUOG.

"It's heavy metal music - he does a good job, but it's not my kind of music," Evelyn Knauft commented. "He enjoys being a DJ, though."

Angus Barn Chocolate Chess Pie:

2 eggs

1 cup granulated sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 dash salt

One stick margarine

2 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips

1 pie shell

Beat eggs. Add sugar, vanilla and salt. Melt margarine. Melt chocolate.

Add margarine and chocolate to egg mixture and blend well with whisk.

Pour into pie shell and bake 30 minutes at 350 degrees.