Chocolate Pie and Meringue

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 5 tablespoons cocoa
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups milk
  • 3 egg yolks beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 pie shell (I used graham cracker crust for mine.)

Meringue

  • 3 egg whites
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 6 tablespoons sugar

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. crack and separate the three eggs.  like this.  Keep the egg whites and yolks in separate glasses Put egg yolks in large measuring cup.
  3. In a saucepan, mix sugar, cocoa, cornstarch and salt; gradually add milk while stirring. 
  4. cook over medium high heat until thick then remove.
  5. pour about 1 cup of hot liquid into the egg yolks and beat. (Mixing in the smaller cup instead of the pot suspends the eggs into the mixture better.)
  6. Pour chocolate and egg mixture back into sauce pan.
  7. bring to a boil stirring vigorously. when it comes to a boil remove from heat and continue stirring vigorously until boiling stops. 
  8. pour into pie shell.

Meringue

In order to make a good meringue, you really need a mixer that has a whisk attachment.  If you do not, regular beaters will not work.  You will need to use a hand whisk. 

  1. In an immaculately clean bowl, (has to be glass or metal, Plastic will not work it is not smooth enough.) add egg whites and cream of tartar.
  2. Beat with whisk until it looks like this.-
  3. Add sugar as you mix, until the meringue has the consistency of whipped cream.
  4. Use a spatula to spread the meringue on the pie, and bake in the oven for 12-15 minutes, or until meringue is golden brown.
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