Thursday, April 16, 2009

Chocolate Meringue Pie

For some, the idea of chocolate meringue may be new but I was introduced to it long before I had lemon meringue. This was a family favorite when I was growing up and my mom made it almost every Saturday in a large cookie sheet, so that there’d be enough for company the next day.
I suggest using the homemade pudding recipe because it’s a milder version of the Jell-O pkgs and goes better (in my opinion) with the meringue.

Pie Pastry: (use this or crust of your choice)
1 2/3 c flour
3/4 tsp salt
2/3 c shortening
4 Tbsp cold water

Combine flour and salt in medium sized mixing bowl. Cut shortening into flour with pastry blender until pieces are the size of large peas. Sprinkle with water and stir with fork, in circular motion, until mixture forms a ball - just barely holds together.
Divide in half. Turn out on floured surface, pat and shape with hands into circular
shape, then roll out to fit 9” pie plates. Prick crusts. Freeze one and bake one until just golden, about 12 – 15 minutes.


Chocolate Pudding filling:
2 1/4 cups milk, divided
1/4 cup cornstarch
1/4 cup Nestle Nesquik chocolate milk mix powder
1 rounded Tbsp unsweetened baking cocoa
2 Tbsp sugar
3 egg yolks

In a small pot, heat 1 1/4 cup of the milk (med heat) and bring to boil.
As you’re watching this, mix the cornstarch, chocolate and sugar in a small bowl.
Add a little of the 1 c milk, stir in the egg yolks and then the rest of the milk.
With whisk, add this mixture to the milk just as it comes to a boil and stir until it thickens and begins to bubble. It may get lumps, but just keep stirring; it gets smooth after a minute.
Pour into baked pie shell. Beat 3 egg whites with 4 Tbsp sugar, until shiny and thick.
If you overbeat it, it will be harder to get a nice finish. Spread over pudding. To get little peaks, just touch the top with a spoon and lift. Bake at 400F for 7 min or until golden. Cool before serving. Keeps well in fridge for several days.

enjoy!
A hint to remember - heat serrated knife well (under hot running water) before cutting up the pie. It works well to keep the meringue from sticking to the knife. May have to repeat in between slicing.

16 comments:

  1. I haven't made a meringue for chocolate pie before..I think I'll try it sometime..it looks delicious!

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  2. Very interesting....meringue with chocolate sounds like a good combination although I can't say I've tried it. I love the homemade 'pudding' recipe too...a bonus to use even without the pie!

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  3. Anneliese. . .I was interested to look at your chocolate pudding recipe and I was rewarded with a change up from mine. . I always love to see a new way to try makin somegthing. .nestle quick. . I'll give it a try ..and your pie looks great!

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  4. Wow, I've never used the chocolate drink powder but I am so with you about using homemade puddings. That stuff in the box is ok I suppose, but it has a funny whang to me.
    Happy Twirls

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  5. I recently found your blog and know that I will be spending plenty of time here :) This recipe looks just wonderful and I can't wait to try it (along with several others you posted :)) Thanks for sharing :)

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  6. Yup! Grew up on this as well!
    So yummy!
    Thanks Anneliese!

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  7. ach du liebe......just like oma used to make (mil), the quick and everything. apparently they used that in paraguay too. at least oma did. (i think they call it toddy out there, not sure is that is the powder or the actual drink, what ever, this looks so good)

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  8. This was ALWAYS my fav at any church or family gathering. As a child I would survey the table for THIS pie...with meringue! Love it!

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  9. Thank you for this recipe, this is Katie's favorite and she has a birthday this month and I will make this for her. thanks

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  10. Oh, I'm just having a chocolate fit once again....That is my favorite.
    My mom always made that.
    You know what's on my menu this weekend.

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  11. Meringue pie is the norm in my family, and chocolate is my cousin's favorite. Once, a spring fell out of my Aunt's mixer and into the pie! (Unknown to her)

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  12. This looks so good...even to someone who is not overly fond of chocolate!

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  13. Thanks for the reminder of making pie in a baking sheet for a larger group. I'm going to try your filling recipe. Kathy

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  14. What an absolutely pretty pie! I've never heard of chocolate meringue before, sounds yummy!

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  15. did YOU make enough for "company" the next day?!? mmm!!....i'll be right over :)

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  16. oh my...this will help fill in some space between my rolls. :)

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