Chocolate Meringue Pie

THEPIE

Here is a recipe for Chocolate Pie that is super simple and really delicious. I have also include my recipe, a fairly standard one, for pie crust that I use for both sweet and savory dishes. The pie filling can easily be prepared with a whisk so save the electric mixer for the meringue. Enjoy!
PieCrustIngredients

Pie Crust Recipe

1 Stick of Chilled/Frozen Butter (salted or unsalted)

1 Cup of All Purpose Flour

4-6 Tbs. of Ice Water

Salt to Taste

Instructions:

  1.  Cut the chilled butter into small pea size bits and chill in the freezer until very firm.
  2. Combine the flour and salt and mix thoroughly and chill in the freezer with the butter. The flour mixture can be poured directly over the butter pieces and chilled together.
  3. Remove from the freezer and work the butter into the flour to break down as much of the butter as possible. The texture should be somewhat sandy with some pea size pieces of butter remaining. Place back in the freezer until well chilled.
  4. When well chilled make a well in the center and add 4 Tbs. of ice water and mix the ingredients together.  Gradually add additional ice water to moisten all the flour and butter mixture creating a cohesive dough.  DO NOT OVER MIX. Once the mixture comes together and is smooth flatten slightly and wrap in plastic wrap and chill.  This recipe makes enough dough for one 9″ pie plate, bottom crust only. If you are making a covered pie such as apple simply double the recipe.

Chocolate Meringue Pie Recipe

3 Egg Yolks (reserve the whites for the meringue)

3/4 Cup of Sugar

3 Tbs. of Unsweetened Cocoa Powder

2 Tbs. Flour

2 Tbs. Melted Butter

1 8oz. Can of Evaporated Milk

1 Cup of Water

1 Tsp. of Vanilla Extract

Instructions:

  1.  Mix the yolks and sugar until pale yellow.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix thoroughly making sure there are no flour or cocoa lumps.

 

3.  Roll out chilled dough and place in pie plate. Pour chocolate pie filling into the plate and place in a 350° oven for 45 minutes or until filling has set.

4.  Place reserved egg whites into a stand mixer and slowly mix until soft peaks form. Add 4 Tbs. of sugar and finish mixing until stiff peaks form.
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5.  Pour over baked pie and spread evenly with a spatula. Use a whisk to create peaks in the meringue. Return to the pie to the oven until the meringue has browned.
THESLICEII

Bolognese Rice Cake

I did not have a photo of the rice cake I mentioned in a previous blog about the lunch at All’Osteria Bottega so I figured that would be a good excuse to track down a recipe and share it here.  As you will see it is really a simple recipe but does take some time in preparing the rice. After that it is really straight forward.  This makes a really moist cake that is delicious for breakfast with coffee or tea or as a traditional dessert after dinner.

RiceCakeIngredients

Rice Cake Recipe

1 quart of whole milk

4 oz. of arborio rice

3/4 cup of sugar

3 eggs

1/2 cup of finely chopped toasted almonds

1/2 cup of chopped candied fruit peel, **See note.

the peel of 1/2 a lemon

1-2 jiggers of Amaretto or other liquor (I used Brandy)

Instructions:

  1. Bring milk to a boil. Add the sugar, rice and lemon peel  and reduce heat to a low simmer. Simmer for 45- 50 minutes. Make sure to stir periodically to avoid burning the rice.
  2. When the rice and milk mixture has thickened (the mixture should be completely thick with no liquid visible) remove from the heat and let stand to cool completely.
  3. When thoroughly cooled add one egg at a time. Stir in vigorously with a wooden spoon to make sure all eggs are well incorporated into the mixture.
  4. Add the candied fruit peel and the finely chopped toasted almonds and Amaretto. Stir until all is well incorporated into the rice batter.
  5. Butter and flour a 10″ x 10″ cake pan. I used a small pyrex dish and it came out fine.
  6. Place in a preheated oven at 325 degrees for one hour (mine took about 15min. more).   Check the center with a  toothpick. If the toothpick comes out clean remove from the oven and allow to cool before trying to remove from the cake pan.
  7. When cooled remove from the cake pan and slice into small cubes.

RiceCake1***Note: If you can’t find candied fruit peel you can always substitute with the zest of your preference. Also the cake I had at the restaurant used Amaretto but you can use whatever type of alcohol you prefer. I did not have Amaretto so I used Brandy.