I am very fortunate that my mom is an excellent cook! My dad was also a very good cook! I wonder why that gene didn't get passed down to me?? Oh, well, I do love to try so today I thought I would try one of mine and dad's favorites -- Mom's chocolate pie!! And it's been a while since I have blogged about cooking anything -- it seems like every time I start to blog, something happens. We live in a busy world, I guess. But today, I have the house to myself (well me and Daisy -- we're grand dog sitting this weekend LOL) so my mixer was happy to see me :)
Now, in starting with the pie, you have to start with a pie crust, right? My mom always made hers, but of course, I took the easy way out and bought a pie crust. I did have to put it in the oven and cook it, so does that it make it at least a little homemade??? LOL
So however you chose, cook your pie crust according to directions.
After you have the eggs separated, beat your yolks and then add 1 1/2 cups of milk.
Mix together a 1 1/2 sugar along with about 3 heaping tablespoons of flour. Mix together and then add about 3 heaping tablespoons of Hershey's cocoa.
Now for the cooking stage:
Cook your milk/egg mixture on medium high. Once it starts getting hot, you will want to stir it very often or continually. Once it starts to boil, add the dry mixture.
Now pour it into your prepared shell.
I have a love/hate relationship with meringue. Sometimes it works for me....sometimes it doesn't. I think today was a good day.
So make sure that your egg whites are at room temperature before you start whipping them up. I think where I have messed up before is that I don't have the patience to wait on it to get done. So I took my time today :) I started beating the eggs on a medium speed.
Now we have to add the sugar -- the general rule is 2 TBS sugar to each egg -- so 4 eggs -- 8 tablespoons of sugar. The trick is to add the sugar SLOWLY! Don't get in a hurry. You want the sugar to completely dissolve. Beat with your mixer until stiff peaks form. Then spoon the meringue on top of your pie filling. Make sure to close all the edges.
And then here you go!!!