We include instructions for creating a pie crust from scratch. However, if you don’t feel like rolling out a pie crust or don’t have the time or inclination to mess with it, you can definitely use a store-bought crust from the dairy department of your local grocery store. Simply unfold the crust into your pie pan, bake it, and you will be ready to go.
This recipe for Chocolate Meringue Pie uses a pre-baked pie crust. In general, when a whole pie is baked in the oven, you don’t have to pre-bake the crust. However, when you are creating a pie that has a chilled filling, like this one, the pie crust does need to be baked ahead of time.
Chocolate Meringue Pie Recipe
- Medium-Sized Bowl
- Pastry blender
- Rolling Pin
- 9 Inch Pie Pan
- Rubber Spatula
- Electric Mixer
Ingredients for the Crust
- 1¼ cups Flour
- ½ teaspoon Salt
- 1/4 cup Shortening
- 1/2 cup Iced Water
Ingredients for the Chocolate Filling
- 1 cup Sugar
- 3 pcs Egg Yolks
- ¼ cup Butter
- 3 tbsp Cocoa
- 3 tbsp Cornstarch
- 3 cups Milk
- ¼ teaspoon Salt
- 1 teaspoon Vanilla
Ingredients for the Meringue
- 3 pcs Egg Whites
- ¼ teaspoon Cream of Tartar
- 8 tbsp Sugar
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
- In a medium-sized bowl, combine the flour, salt, and sugar for the pie crust. Stir with a fork to combine. Add the shortening, using a fork or a pastry blender to combine the shortening with the dry ingredients.
- Slowly, add a few tablespoons of the water, holding the ice back so it doesn’t spill into the bowl. Use the fork to toss the mixture, adding water a little at a time. When the mixture starts to ball up and stick together, you probably have enough water. You don’t want the dough ball to be too wet, but you want all of the dry ingredients to be moistened.
- When the dough starts pulling away from the sides of the bowl, use your hands to gather the dough and shape it into a disk, pressing it together gently.
- On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough into a 12-inch circle using a lightly floured rolling pin. Fold the dough gently into quarters and place it into a nine-inch pie pan. Crimp the edges. Prick it well all over with a fork and bake the pie crust for 15 to 20 minutes or until it is lightly browned.
- As the pie crust is baking, you can start creating the chocolate pie filling. In a medium-sized saucepan, mix together the sugar, cocoa, and salt for the pie filling, stirring in the cornstarch.
- Use a wire whisk to slowly stir in the milk. Turn the stove to medium heat and slowly bring the mixture to a low boil, whisking the whole time. Take your time because milk mixtures boil over and scorch easily.
- When the mixture begins to boil consistently, whisk the whole time, and boil it for a minute. Remove the pot from the heat for a moment, but leave the stove on.
- In a separate bowl, beat the egg yolks lightly with a fork. Take a ladle and scoop out a spoonful of the chocolate mixture and stir it into the egg yolks. Return the egg yolk mixture to the pot, whisking it to combine. Cook the mixture for another minute.
- Remove the pot from the heat and add the butter and vanilla, stirring it until the butter melts.
- When the pie crust is baked, remove it from the oven and set it aside to cool to room temperature, about 5 to 10 minutes. Turn the oven temperature up to 450 degrees.
- Pour the pie filling into the crust, smoothing it with a rubber spatula.
- In a large mixer bowl, add the egg whites and the cream of tartar, using an electric mixer on medium speed to combine them for about a minute. Turn the mixer speed to high and beat the egg whites until soft peaks form. One tablespoon at a time, add the sugar, beating to combine.
- When all of the sugar is incorporated, spread it on top of the chocolate pie all the way to the rim, sealing it at the edges.
- Place the pie on top of a baking sheet to make it easier to get it in and out of the oven. Place in the oven for about five minutes, turning the pie about halfway through to make sure it browns evenly. When the meringue is browned all over, remove the pie from the oven and place it in the refrigerator, uncovered for at least two hours to cool.
- Cut into slices and serve.
April Freeman enjoys creating all kinds of recipes for her friends and family from her country kitchen in Middle Tennessee. She and her family raise beef cattle, chickens, and all sorts of fruits and veggies on their farm, and she specializes in featuring farm-fresh foods in the recipes that she creates and serves. April says that her slogan is “Are you hungry?” and she feels that one way of showing love and connecting with others is to serve delicious favorite foods to others. Her favorite thing to cook is pies of all kinds.