Chocolate Chiffon Pie

"From A Southerly Course by Martha Foose Hall"
photo by Mr. Bill in TN photo by Mr. Bill in TN
photo by Mr. Bill in TN
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  • Heat the oven to 325°F.
  • Make the crust. In a small bowl, combine the gingersnap crumbs, butter, and granulated sugar. Press the crumb mixture into a 9-inch pie pan and bake for 6 minutes. Remove the pan from the oven and cool on a wire rack.
  • Make the filling. In a small bowl, combine the gelatin with 1/2 cup cool water and let sit for 5 minutes until the gelatin softens and blooms.
  • In a medium saucepan set over medium-high heat, bring the milk, cocoa, 1/4 cup of the granulated sugar, and the salt just to a simmer, stirring constantly. Remove the pan from the heat and add the gelatin, stirring until the gelatin is completely dissolved.
  • Put the egg yolks into a medium bowl and beat lightly. Gradually, in a slow stream, add 1/2 cup of the chocolate mixture to the egg yolks while whisking continually. Pour the chocolate-egg yolk mixture into the pan with the remaining chocolate mixture. Cook, stirring constantly, over medium heat until slightly thickened, about 8 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and let cool for about 20 minutes or until barely warm.
  • Using an electric mixer, in a large bowl, whip the egg whites to soft peaks. Add the remaining 2 tablespoons granulated sugar and the vanilla, and whip to stiff peaks. Gently fold the cooled chocolate mixture into the meringue in three additions.
  • Spoon the chocolate mixture into the cool pie crust. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours.
  • Whip the cream with the confectioners' sugar. Place dollops of cream over the pie. Grate the semisweet chocolate over the pie.

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  1. My only addition was a teaspoon of Instant Espresso powder...I love that flavor with chocolate. I did find it a bit difficult to fold the chocolate into the whipped egg whites. It didn't blend as well as expected...leaving spots of unincorporated whites. I didn't want to fold any more than I did for fear of completely deflating the egg whites. Great flavor...and love this recipe.
  2. I eat 26 of these pies every day because they are sooooo good. They are also really healthy


  1. Instant Espresso powder


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