Chocolate Meringue Pie

Dad always keeps interesting recipes aside which he finds in his Star newspaper for me to try when he and mom are visiting.  Angela Day runs a series of recipes with chocolate being the theme for Thursday 17 April 2014.

First on the agenda with the latest batch of recipes was a chocolate meringue pie which came in as winner with a unanimous vote.  Instead of making one pie, I opted for 4 smaller ones which worked very well for halving to share amongst 8 people.

Personally I would have preferred a softer centre and would add a minimum of 50ml extra cream – possibly even 100ml.  Overall though it is a lovely decadent pudding to share.

Chocolate Meringue Pie

Chocolate Meringue Pie

Ingredients

200g chocolate digestive biscuits crushed
80g butter melted
125ml chocolate hazelnut spread – (I omitted this)
300g dark chocolate
150ml cream – (I would definitely increase this)
125ml sugar
30ml water
5ml lemon juice
3 egg whites

Method

  1. Combine the crushed biscuits and melted butter and press into a 22cm pie plate or loose bottomed quiche tin (I used 4 smaller loose bottomed tins) and place in the freezer (I think the fridge is sufficient) to harden.
  2. Spread the hazelnut spread over the biscuit base or omit like I did.
  3. Combine the chocolate and cream in a bowl and microwave on a low setting for 1 to 2 minutes until melted and smooth.  (I melted the chocolate over a double boiler and stirred in the cream until combined once melted).  Pour over the base and refrigerate until set.
  4. Combine the sugar, water and lemon juice in a small saucepan and stir over a low heat until the sugar has dissolved.  Turn up the heat and boil until the mixture reaches 115°C on a sugar thermometer or test by dropping a little mixture into ice water.  If it forms a brittle thread, it is ready. (I took the saucepan off the heat just as the mixture started to colour).
  5. Just before the sugar syrup is ready, beat the egg whites with an electric mixer to form soft peaks.
  6. Once your syrup is ready turn up the speed on the mixer and beat the egg whites, slowly pouring in the hot sugar syrup and beat until the mixture is cool.
  7. Spoon the mixture into a piping bag and pipe blobs over the chocolate mixture.
  8. Use a blowtorch to brown the meringue or place the pie under a heated grill for a few seconds.

65 thoughts on “Chocolate Meringue Pie

  1. Your chocolate meringue pies look a amazing. How lovely that your father collects recipes for you! I love how you made four smaller pies to share between two – great idea xx

    • Thanks Kim! Always well thanks. Hope you are too. Can’t believe your parcel came back again! Have finally sent it off to you. Can’t wait for you to get it. Have a beautiful day.🙂 xoxoxo

  2. Ohhhhhh… Good Lordy but do these little beauties look delish. How cute is your daddy? Collecting recipes for you to make, thats actually pretty clever. Im going to start a collection for when I visit you too.🙂 Wishing you a spectacular day lovely lady. Hugs across the oceans. xx

      • I have this idea that I would REALLY like to do a spot of travel early next year, soooo, if you are keen, I would absolutely love to pop in for a visit, a cheeky stopover if you will! Anyways, its an idea I am developing as the year progresses, let me know your thoughts. xxx

        • Woohoo! Yipee! Yay! Yes, yes, yes! Oh this is going to be fun! Oh boy. How long can you stay for? The weather is heavenly early in they year so you can pack light on the way here so you can take loads back with you. Oh what will I ever cook for you – pressure! Our little village will be honoured to have you visit with us. Right, I shall not attack you with millions of questions. Your room is ready and waiting for you and I have bubbly and white in the fridge, red on the shelf and a good few other beverages we can work our way through.
          We may have a slight problem, although we have been saying this for 4 years already…we might be going to Namibia on contract for a while (details to follow if it ever happens) but let us not have that get in our way – you will have to come and visit us there if we are there when you come visit although I would really love to share my home town with you.
          See, these oceans between are not going to be a problem any more. Do you think I can start counting sleeps until you arrive?🙂 xoxoxo

  3. I used to email recipes to Mom and Zia years ago. Recently, Zia surprised me with a book which contained all of the recipes. She had printed each one and put them in a binder for safe keeping.🙂
    Your little meringues look great, Mandy. Clever idea making smaller pies rather than one large one, especially being each was meant to serve 2 people. I have to remember to do the same sometime. I’ve pinned the recipe so that I’ll be able to find it when I need a fancy dessert. 🙂

    • John, what a special and treasured gift your Zia gave back to you. Awesome! The original idea for my book was wanting to put all special family recipes together and it landed up being so much more. Have a wonderful day and I look forward to hearing how you enjoy the chocolate tarts.🙂 xo

  4. Gorgeous little tarts these – I would never have thought that lemon could be replaced by chocolate….however younger teen is voting I make this immediately!

  5. Hmmm.. I’ think I’d have to keep the hazelnut spread in the recipe, extra chocolate:D I think it’s so adorable that your dad brings you recipes for you to bake and for him to taste test.. that’s so lovely, Mandy! What great memories you are making together! Hope you’re enjoying your weekend!! xx

  6. Those look fabulous! That’s so sweet of your dad to find recipes for you but I’m guessing he has some ulterior motives in this. You make it sound so easy to make them but I’ve never tried making a meringue before. After watching my mother make her lemon meringue pies years ago I just figured they were well beyond my expertise. You make them look so pretty & I’m guessing they tasted fantastic too.

    • Dear old dad – reaping the benefits of clipping out the recipes is definitely a motivator. I too have lived in the shadow of my mom’s meringues so I know how you feel although I bet you would do a stellar job. Have a wonderful week ahead.🙂 xo

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