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Deep South Chocolate Pie

Author/Submitted by: Jo Anne Merrill
Servings: 8
Categories: Chocolate / Desserts / Pies & Pastries

1 1/4  cups  sugar
3  tablespoons  cocoa
1 1/2  cups  milk
4    egg yolks
4  tablespoons  all-purpose flour
1  teaspoon  vanilla extract
1/2  stick  margarine
    --- meringue: ---
4    egg whites
8  tablespoons  sugar
4  tablespoons  cornstarch
1  pinch  cream of tartar
1/2  teaspoon  vanilla, optional

Beat egg yolks. Mix sugar, flour, cocoa and milk together. Blend and add to egg yolks. Chip up the margarine into small pieces and add to the egg mixture; add vanilla and blend. Cook over medium heat until margarine is melted, stirring constantly. Pour into unbaked pie crust and bake in preheated 350-degree oven until firm and pastry is browned (about 30 minutes). Check since time will vary. MERINGUE: In large mixing bowl, combine egg whites and pinch of cream of tartar. Beat until stiff but not dry. If you desire, add 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract. Mix 8 tablespoons sugar with 4 tablespoons cornstarch and gradually add to egg whites. Beat well for at least five minutes, as mixing too little will cause the meringue to separate. Spread on top of pie, sealing to edges. Bake for few minutes until meringue is light golden brown. Cool a few minutes before slicing. Serving Ideas : Best when served chilled. NOTES : As many wonderful cooks will tell you, recipes are not always measured in exact amounts or with specific cooking temperature and time. This recipe, which was given to me by a great southern cook, is absolutely delicious and I have tried to approximate the amounts and cooking time. By "Lloyd A. Carver" <> on Jan 5, 1996

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