I used my flakiest pie crust recipe for the crust. Single crusts are harder for me than double crusts, because they sometimes slide down in the pie pan while they're baking. I pressed the edge of the pie dough just over the edge of the pie pan, then pressed it all around with the back of a fork, and it turned out pretty well. You want to poke the crust all over with a fork, even around the sides, so it won't puff up. Bake your crust for about 15 minutes at 350, until it's barely golden brown.
The filling in this recipe is soooo rich and good, and it doesn't rely on cornstarch to thicken. Hard to believe there's only about a third a cup of cocoa in it. You must use whole milk or evaporated milk, or it will be runny, something I learned the hard way. On Thanksgiving Day. Such memories . . .
For the meringue, I beat the five egg whites until they got foamy, then I added about 2/3 cup of white sugar, beating it in a tablespoon at a time, until it began to get glossy. Then I added a teaspoon of vanilla and a tiny pinch of salt and beat it until it was stiff. It took a long time, even with an electric beater. Use a completely dry bowl, and be sure there is no yolk in your egg whites, or it just won't turn out. (I beat the meringue with my electric mixer until its ready, then use the mixer, with a little meringue on the beaters, to beat the warm pie filling in the saucepan before I scrape it into my prepared crust. Then I top the filling with the meringue. That way I don't have to use the beaters, then wash and dry and re-use them)
|Meringue before baking|
|Meringue after baking--and my favorite tablecloth that|
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