Birthday Black Bottom Pie

June 7, 2008 at 12:01 pm | Posted in Dessert | Leave a comment

My godmother’s birthday was on Friday and in addition to a homecoming/graduation party with the WHOLE fam (sans laurita, sorry laurita), I brought this for her as a birthday cake!

This recipe comes courtesy of Cook’s Country!

1 package Famous Nabisco Chocolate wafers
6 tbsp butter, melted
4 egg yolks
1 egg white
2 cups half&half
3 cups heavy cream, whipped and sweetened
4 tsp cornstarch
2/3 cup sugar
6 oz semi-sweet chocolate
6 tbsp water
1 tsp unflavored gelatin
1/4 tsp cream of tartar

1) Preheat oven to 350 deg. Grind up wafers in processor and add melted butter until combined. Add crumbs to pie plate and mold it in! Refrigerate crust for 20 minutes and then cook crust until it becomes fragrant (~10 minutes). Let cool (I did it overnight).
2) Whisk 1/3 cup sugar, cornstarch, half and half, and egg yolks in saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture comes to a boil, about 8 minutes.
3) Divide hot custard into two bowls. Whisk chocolate into one bowl until smooth, then pour into cooled pie crust, refrigerate. Whisk water and gelatin together in a third little bowl and let sit for 5 minutes. Then stir gelatin into bowl with plain custard and refrigerate, stirring occasionally, until mixture is wobbly but not set, about 20 minutes.
4) Combine remaining sugar, egg white, 1 tbsp water and cream of tartar in large heat proof bowl set over medium saucepan filled with 1/2 inch of barely simmering water (don’t let bowl touch water). With electric mixer on medium high, beat egg white mixture to soft peaks, about 2 minutes, remove bowl from heat and beat egg white mixture until very thick and glossy and cooled to room temperature, about 3 minutes.
5) Whisk cooled egg white mixture into chilled plain custard until smooth. Pour plain custard on top of chocolate custard and refrigerate until completely set, I stored mine for 2 days! Top with whipped cream and serve!


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