Saturday, October 22, 2011

Hunny's Chocolate Meringue Pie

I never have been much of a cook, but there are a few things that I have mastered.  Chocolate Meringue Pie has become a specialty, and I even adapted a pudding recipe to make my pie.  I made this one for the PTO School carnival.

Chocolate Meringue Pie

1 Cooked Pie Crust (I always use deep dish, store bought)
1/2 cup sugar
3 Tblsp all-purpose flour
Dash of salt
1 egg
3 eggs, separated
2 cups milk
chocolate syrup
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup sugar

Combine 1/2 cup sugar, flour, and salt in top of a double boiler and mix well.  Combine milk and chocolate syrup to make chocolate milk.  Stir in 1 egg, 3 egg yolks, and milk.  Mix well.  Place over boiling water; cook stirring constantly, until smooth and thickened.  Remove mixture from heat and stir in vanilla.

Beat 3 egg whites (at room temperature) at high speed for 1 minute.  Gradually add 1/4 cup sugar, beating until stiff peaks form and sugar dissolves (2 to 4 minutes).  Spread meringue over warm pie, sealing to edge of pie.  Bake at 350 degrees F for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown.

Knock on wood, the meringue has not wept on the last few pies that I have made.  It is my understanding that if you beat the egg whites to the proper stiffness and spread it on a warm pie that makes a big difference with that.  :)