Lizzie and I have been taking advantage of the weather every morning, so my baking has been pushed back a bit. For instance, this pie didn’t get made until 4:00 PM yesterday. By that time, I wasn’t really in a baking mood, but I needed to make Todd a dessert and I had all the ingredients on hand for this pie. So this one was sort of an afterthought, but it turned out to be the best chocolate pie yet.
It would have been fun to make this with my new favorite meringue – the one with the cornstarch gel and the marshmallow cream, but I decided to keep it simple and just used the basic egg white, sugar and vanilla recipe. The little beads formed on top right away, but nobody cared because the pie was so good.
Unlike the last pie I made which seeped a little when I cut into it and tasted too much like pudding in pie form, this was one very stiff and had a great structure. I think the flour might have helped with that. The original version of this pie (adapted from Meta Givens) did not use the extra tablespoon of cocoa powder. I added it, but I think it would have been fine without it because it was very chocolaty.
For the crust, I used a Cooks Illustrated recipe, but you could use a store-bought or even a good graham cracker crust.
- 3 large egg whites
- 1/3 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/3 cup all purpose flour
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 tablespoon unsweetened natural or Dutch cocoa powder**
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 1/2 cups milk – scalded (I did this in microwave)
- 3 large egg yolks
- 2 ounces finely chopped unsweetened chocolate
- 2 tablespoons melted butter
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 pie shell, baked and ready to be filled
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Prep all filling ingredients, then make the meringue first so you’ll have it ready to put on a hot filling. Beat the egg whites until soft peaks form. Gradually add sugar, beating on high, until stiff peaks form. Beat in vanilla. Set aside.
- Mix the flour, sugar cocoa powder and salt together in a heavy saucepan. Set the pan over medium heat and gradually whisk in the hot milk. Continue whisking and cooking until mixture starts to thicken. Whisk about half cup of the milk mixture into the egg yolks, then add egg/milk mixture back to saucepan and whisk for about two minutes. It should become thick and make big bubbles. Remove from heat and whisk in butter, chocolate and vanilla. Pour hot chocolate mixture into pie shell and cover with the meringue, sealing the edges well.
- Set the pie on a cookie sheet and bake for 12-15 minutes. Cool at room temperature for an hour, then chill for 4 hours or until pie is set.