Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Never Fail Chocolate Meringue Pie - Vintage Recipe

This recipe comes from my 1975 copy of For the Love of Cooking.  When the holidays approach, I start thinking about pies, and trying new recipes.  This is the first time I ever attempted chocolate meringue pie, and it turned out splendidly.  It is a more dense and rich chocolate than your pudding based recipes.  The layer of chocolate is also not as generous as pudding based recipes, but I found that since it is much richer, it was just enough.
 Ingredients:
3 egg yolks
1 cup sugar
3 tbsp. cornstarch
3 heaping tablespoons cocoa
Dash of salt
1 cup boiling water
1 baked 9 inch pie shell (I think you could use an 8 inch, if you wanted the chocolate to be thicker)
3 egg whites
3 tbsp. sugar

Beat egg yolks until light and lemon colored.  Mix together the sugar, cornstarch, and cocoa.  Add beaten egg yolks and salt to sugar mixture.  Slowly blend in 1 cup of boiling water.  Cook (preferably in a double boiler - but I just used a pot and was careful not to get it too hot), stirring constantly, until mixture is thick.  Cool.

When filling has cooled, spoon into cooled, baked piecrust.  Beat egg whites until they begin to stiffen (this can take a while, be patient).  Continue beating while adding sugar, a tablespoon at a time, until whites form stiff peaks (if you lift the beaters out of the eggs, a white peak will form).  Spread on top of pie and bake at 350* for 15 minutes or until crust is brown. 
Needless to say, this pie didn't last very long in our house!  Enjoy it.

35 comments:

Harry Flashman said...

Lisa, are you up at this early hour? I thought only I did 0500 blogging .

Melanie said...

Sounds yummy and I am sure that it didn't last long! Reminds me of a pie that my Gran made. Had not thought about that in awhile, thanks for the sweet reminder!

JDaniel4's Mom said...

My guys would love this! It really looks delicious!

Sunnybrook Farm said...

I can imagine how long that will last, it looks so good!

Jeanne said...

Great idea for dinner! Looks yummy and just remember my mom used to make these all of the ttime!

Maggid said...

You reminded me of my Aunt Bernice.
She taught 4H cooking classes.
(yep - she was a good cook.)
Meringue was her specialty.

yum

Michaele said...

Looks so light and fluffy. Yum!

GardenOfDaisies said...

It looks delicious! My son would love it!

Out on the prairie said...

I will have another piece please.MMMMMMMMMMMMm

Mary said...

Ohmygosh! Delicious! Thanks for sharing Lisa.

Lynn said...

I am almost happy my hubby and my hips do not appreciate chocolate BUT we've two friends who are chocolate nuts, this is definitely a recipe for them. Shall I share when I make your recipe?

Loretta Thomas said...

Wow Lisa, this is my absolute fave pies...it looks soooo Yummy! I can't get the recipe now but will come back if you don't mind. Thanks for sharing it! I can see why it didn't last! LOL!
All The Best,
Loretta

Angela said...

Oh my gosh! That brings back so many memories! My mom used to bake that pie when I was a kid! That was one of my favorites! I'll have to try to jog her brain to see if your recipe is the same as what she can remember of how she made it back then. She don't cook anymore like that because of her health. Thanks for sharing!

mail4rosey said...

It sure turned out pretty! I can see why it didn't last long. :)

Tina Fariss Barbour said...

You did a beautiful job with the meringue! I know how hard that is--I used to watch my mom make them. The chocolate part looks good, too--nice and rich. :-)

Rob-bear said...

As someone who is accustomed to lemon meringue pie, I was a bit startled by the thought of chocolate meringue pie. But it seemed pretty good by time I got to the end of the recipe. Enjoy!

blessings and Bear hugs!

Tanya Breese said...

pinned it, yum!

Michaela said...

I'd love the bottom part with the chocolate, the upper part I've always disliked, my mother used to make this apple meringue pie, I always passed and got something else.

A Quiet Corner said...

Now why on earth did you do this to me right before my check-up???...:)JP

Sonya @ Under the Desert Sky said...

Looks delish!

Chatty Crone said...

Oh my goodness o that looked so beautiful - I like the tops golden brown!

Ian H said...

What time is supper? Have fork, will travel. :-}}

Jill said...

It looks very good!

Linda said...

Oh my! And milk-free… I should try this!

Michelle said...

This looks great! These pies never last long at my house :)

Our Neck of the Woods said...

This looks really good! The meringue topping is absolutely perfect and so pretty. I've actually never made a meringue pie but I want to someday!

Grandma Bonnie said...

I am so wanting chocolate right now. Thank you for sharing this recipe.I will be sure to try this asap.

Madge Bloom said...

wow, you're one amazing mom!

endah murniyati said...

Looks so delicious meringue! Yummy...
Thank you for sharing your recipe.

Rachel said...

I always loved a tested pie recipe! Looking for some new ones for the holidays!

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Laura Lee said...

Wow that looks yummy!

Karen said...

oh wow, that looks awesome.

SweetMarie said...

This would go over very well in my home. :) yum!

Beth @ E. Lizard Breath Speaks said...

this recipe makes me think i too can make a meringue pie ... i had no clue it was so easy. must admit that i was a bit scared - thought it would be detailed. i have tried a few when eating out this my parents they have this restaurant in Staunton ... that makes awesome homemade pies that are the BOMB!! the Beverly (on Beverly Street) ... you should stop in if you are ever there in that area. thanks, for sharing. ( :

Michael Manning said...

Lisa: I'll bet it didn't take the boys long to discover there was chocolate hidden under that meringue! :)