Chocolate Walnut Meringue Pie
- Preheat oven to 350.
- To prepare crust, combine the first 3 ingredients, tossing well. Press into the bottom and up sides of a 9 inch pie plate coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350 for 15 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool completely on wire rack.
- To prepare filling, combine 3/4 c sugar, cornstarch, and dash of salt in a medium saucepan; whish in milk and chocolate. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Gradually add 1/2 c chocolate mixture to egg yolks, stirring constantly with a whisk. Return egg mixture to pan. Cook over medium heat until thick, stirring constantly. Spread mixture into prepared crust. Cover surface of chocolate mixture with plastic wrap.
- Reduce oven temp to 325.
- To prepare meringue, place the egg whites, cream of tartar, and 1/4 t salt in a large bowl. Beat with a mixer at high speed until foamy. Add 1/2 sugar, 1 T at a time, beating until stiff peaks form. Add 1 t vanilla, beating just until blended. Remove plastic wrap from filling. Spread meringue evenly over filling, sealing to edge of crust.
- Bake at 325 for 25 minutes. Cool 1 hour on wire rack. Chill for 3 hours or until pie is set.