My Instagram friend Bia, in Brazil has asked for my recipe :)
Bia, this kind of pie is a sentimental dessert
for many people here.
It is something our grandmothers made for us and so
we think of them and probably how they showed us to make it.
Three steps are involved and please don't cry if this doesn't
work the first time!
We gain gray hair and wrinkles trying to get it perfect...
the following is what I did.
1 stick of butter (not margarine) still cold...cut in slices.
this is 113 grams
With your fingers, in a bowl, you'll kind of pinch the butter into
1 cup or 128 grams of all-purpose flour.
Do this until all is mixed and then add maybe a fourth of a cup of ice water.
Mix well and you should have a nice ball of dough.
Roll it out and fit into your pie pan or dish, using flour on your counter to keep the dough from sticking to anything.
Prick holes around randomly in the crust to prevent bubbles.
My edge is not pretty but many people pinch it into a design.
Bake this at 350 degrees F until slightly brown and set it on the counter to cool.
For this part I use a double boiler. I'm sure you could put a smaller
pan in a larger pan with some water in the bottom pan which you'll bring to a boil. Just don't let any water get into your filling in the top pan.
1/4 cup of cornstarch
1 cup white sugar
6 Tablespoons powdered cocoa
Add 2 cups of milk and
3 egg yolks (save the whites in a small bowl!! add 2 more egg whites as well. Refrigerate the whites for later.)
Mix, mix over boiling water until
the filling thickens like pudding.
Remove from heat and add 1 teaspoon of vanilla and 4 tablespoons of butter. Mix well. Let cool and pour in crust.
Part 3~You are getting somewhere!
Take the cold egg whites and put them in your mixing bowl...use mixer on highest speed to whip the whites.
Add 3 tablespoons of white sugar, slowly while you mix.
If you have some Cream of Tartar, a pinch will help
the egg whites make peaks.
Here is a helpful video!
Now put the meringue on the pie and bake just enough to lightly brown the meringue!
You can eat it warm or let it cool :)
I want to hear back from you, Bia!
If anyone has a Chocolate Meringue Pie memory or helpful piece of advice...please leave it in comments below.
This is my most favorite dessert ever (if you had to know...) Both my grandmother and my husband's mother made very memorable tasty ones!