Chocolate Merengue Pie

Valentine’s Day is basically the day where anyone who has ever baked decides to give it another go.  After all, how hard can it be to whip up a little something to show your love and affection?  London’s Hummingbird Bakery has said it’s their busiest day of the year, showing that some people settle for bringing home delicious cake.

But for me, the most romantic meal possible is chocolate pie.  I don’t know where I got this idea (possibly because I love chocolate pie), but I can think of nothing more lovely than the chocolate creaminess and a flaky crust.  To me, this is the perfect Valentine’s Day dessert – and hopefully will make whatever loved one you’re baking for as happy as Beardy Fiance!

Chocolate Merengue Pie (adapted from Southern Pies)

Ingredients:

1 9 inch pie crust (now, if you’re not a pastry person, you can buy this ready made, but if you want to make your own, there’s a good recipe here and some tips on pie crusts here)

3 eggs

2 cups milk

1 cup + 6 tablespoons sugar

1/2 cup cocoa powder

3 tablespoons cornflour

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

DSC_2047Fully bake the pie crust at 220C – this means blind baking for about twenty minutes altogether.

In the mean time, separate the eggs.  Put egg whites aside and put the yolks and the milk in a saucepan over medium heat.

DSC_2049Slowly mix in the dry ingredients – one cup of sugar, cocoa powder and cornstarch.  Allow to thicken until it’s a a pudding-like layer.  Remove from heat and mix in vanilla extract.

DSC_2051Poue chocolate layer onto the pie crust.  Use a hand or stand mixer to whisk egg yolks into stiff peaks, then mix in the tablespoons of sugar.  Spread the merengue over the chocolate layer on the pie.

DSC_2052Bake at 140C for about ten minutes – until the tips of the merengue are golden brown.  Allow to cool and set, then refrigerate for several hours to set longer.

DSC_2055Slice the pie into pieces.

DSC_2059Of course, if you don’t like chocolate pie (because you’re awful – chocolate pie is the best) and you’re looking for something delicious for Valentine’s Day, you could check out my red velvet whoopie pies or the chocolate rosemary truffles.)

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3 comments

  1. Oh wow, this looks incredible!! The picture of the chocolate filling all melted in the pan – yum!
    Jennie 🙂

  2. Ooh, ooh, chocolate pie – WITH meringue on top. This is being bookmarked straight away!

  3. Baking In Pyjamas · · Reply

    Thanks for linking up at Sweet and Savoury Sunday, I’m the new co-host and would love for you to link up this weekend. I’ve never had a chocolate tart before, this one looks so good! Laura@baking in pyjamas

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