From Scratch Chocolate Meringue Pie

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Tee Ball and Chocolate Meringue Pie have absolutely nothing in common with each other except that my kids are huge fans of both and – truth be told – so am I. The kids’ first tee ball game was yesterday and my little Yellow Jackets did so awesome.

It was the game of the century. I laughed, I cried ( from laughing so hard), I cheered and screamed and I made an emergency trip to the potty with half of the team. My little munchkins did so well. Ella stole home! ( You could also say they ran her on through because they needed her helmet) And Jack hit a double! ( not terribly difficult when playing against 4 year olds). I couldn’t have been prouder.

The game was full of excitement. Several kids were confused on the concept of “bases” and exactly where they were and in what direction one should run them. Many kids enjoyed playing in the dirt. A couple kids ran to the fence to cry to Mom and Dad that they didn’t catch the ball ( my own child included). There were even a few really gung-ho kids. One on the other team was practicing sliding into home base, and a kid on our team was determined to beat Ella to the ball every time. I thought she was going to punch him in the face. I have never seen that little girl so mad.

Of course, every game must end with a Slush Puppie. They have sold Slush Puppies at the ball field for as long as I can remember and they are secretly a lot of the reason I signed my kids up for Tee Ball in the first place. It’s nostalgic for me and I love the cherry flavored ones.

I honestly can’t wait until the next game. There is nothing on TV that is more enjoyable than watching a dozen 4 year olds chase after a baseball in uniforms that are way too big for all of them.

Speaking of enjoyable, this Chocolate Meringue Pie is one of my favorite ways to blow a diet. It’s so rich and creamy and the ingredients to make one is almost always in my house. It’s pretty darn inexpensive, too. Sugar, flour, cocoa, eggs, milk, butter, vanilla and a pie crust and you’ve got yourself an impressive dessert that everyone will love. If you can get your hands on some farm fresh eggs for a reasonable price I highly recommend using them here. You are essentially making a custard for the pie filling and then a meringue for the topping so it’s all about the eggs. I would make this pie the day before you need it so that it all has plenty of time to chill completely before you dig in.

Chocolate Meringue Pie

serves 8

1 c. sugar

1/2 c. AP Flour

1/4 c. cocoa powder

2 egg yolks

2 c. whole milk

1 t. vanilla extract

2 T butter, unsalted

Pre-baked and cooled 9 inch pie crust

For Meringue

4 egg whites

1/2 c. sugar

In a saucepan over medium heat, sift together sugar, cocoa, and flour. Whisk in milk and egg yolks. Continue to cook, stirring often until mixture is very thick ( like pudding) about 20 minutes.

Remove from the heat and stir in butter and vanilla. Pour the custard into the pie crust and cool completely.

To make the meringue; Preheat oven to 350. In a large, dry bowl whisk egg whites until they are really fluffy.

Sprinkle in the sugar a little at a time and whisk until the sugar is well incorporated and meringue stands in peaks and is shiny.

Pour the meringue on top of the chocolate filling ( make sure it is completely cool or it will melt!).  Gently spread the meringue over the pie making sure to spread all the way to the crust. Bake in hot oven until the top is lightly browned, 4-5 minutes. Chill completely before slicing and serving.

 

Slicing tip: Slicing meringue pies can be tricky. The meringue will grab onto anything that is on your knife causing the meringue to get all messed up. In order to prevent that you will need 3 things when slicing: A long thin knife ( like a sandwich knife), a tall glass of warm water, and a towel. First dip the knife in the water, do not dry it! Starting in the center, make a slice all the way to the edge of the pie in one, long, smooth movement ( no sawing!). Then wipe your knife on the towel, dip the knife back in the water and slice again. Continue this method until you have 8 slices of delicious pie!

Chocolate Meringue Pie

Chocolate Meringue Pie

Ingredients

  • 1 c . sugar
  • 1/2 c all purpose flour
  • 1/4 c . cocoa powder
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 2 c . whole milk
  • 1 t . vanilla extract
  • 2 T butter unsalted
  • inch Pre-baked and cooled 9 pie crust

For Meringue

  • 4 egg whites
  • 1/2 c . sugar

Instructions

  • In a saucepan over medium heat, sift together sugar, cocoa, and flour. Whisk in milk and egg yolks. Continue to cook, stirring often until mixture is very thick ( like puddinabout 20 minutes.
  • Remove from the heat and stir in butter and vanilla. Pour the custard into the pie crust and cool completely.

To make the meringue; Preheat oven to 35In a large, dry bowl whisk egg whites until they are really fluffy.

  • Sprinkle in the sugar a little at a time and whisk until the sugar is well incorporated and meringue stands in peaks and is shiny.
  • Pour the meringue on top of the chocolate filling ( make sure it is completely cool or it will melt!). Gently spread the meringue over the pie making sure to spread all the way to the crust. Bake in hot oven until the top is lightly browned, 4-5 minutes. Chill completely before slicing and serving.
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This Post Has 5 Comments
  1. oh yeah, tee ball… that was about the furtherance I got in any ball club… no matter how many tee shirts my grandfather sponsored, it just didn’t fit….
    but your pie sure would around here, love a good one and this so reminds me of grandmothers… always do like the ones made with old fashion cooking

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Jodie is a wife, mom, writer and lover of chickens and gardens. She runs her family's winery by day and cooks and writes by night.