There is a big birthday in our extended family this weekend. The person in question has requested one of their favourites, chocolate pie. I have only made this once but it was enough to become a fan (and I don’t particularly like chocolate!). If you like chocolate, this silky smooth and very chocolately pie is for you.
from my mum-in-law’s recipe collection
2 1/2 squares unsweetened dark chocolate, roughly chopped
3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 1/4 cups white sugar
3 cups milk (or soy milk, in our household)
3 tbsp. cornstarch
1/2 tsp. salt
4 egg yolks, lightly beaten
1/2 tsp. vanilla
Combine chocolate squares, chocolate chips, milk, sugar, cornstarch and salt in a heavy saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until it is thickened and bubbling. Add some of the hot mixture into the egg yolks and stir well. Mix the eggs into the hot mixture and cook for 3-4 minutes more, again stirring constantly. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Pour into pastry or oreo cookie crumb shells and cool to room temperature. Refrigerate several hours before serving. Serve with a dollop of whipped cream.
As for the 4 egg whites that remain after making this pie… I freeze them and bake them up later into a pavlova, or add them to scrambled eggs or a frittata.