Chocolate lovers, try this....a family favorite!

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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C). Grease one 8-inch pie pan.

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  • Beat the egg whites, salt, and cream of tartar together until foamy. Gradually beat in the sugar and 1/2 teaspoon of the vanilla. Beat on high speed until stiff and glossy. Fold in the chopped pecans. Spoon meringue into the prepared pan, forming a slight nest.

  • Bake at 300 degrees F (150 degrees C) for 50 to 55 minutes. Let cool completely.

  • While the crust is baking, melt the German chocolate with the water. Let cool until thickened. Stir in the remaining 1 teaspoon of vanilla.

  • Whip the whipping cream and fold into the cooled chocolate mixture. Pile into the cooled pie shell and chill.

Nutrition Facts

275.3 calories; 2.7 g protein; 22.8 g carbohydrates; 40.8 mg cholesterol; 64 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
08/17/2009
OMG - how awesome to find this recipe here! My Grandma used to make this 45 years ago, and it's always been my favorite. It was either from a magazine or a Baker's recipe pamphlet that she'd had at least since the 1930's or 1940's. I've made this so many times over the years and I can guarantee that it's fabulous! It's really decadent without being overly sweet. The sweetness comes from the meringue shell, which plays perfectly against the rich chocolate filling, when made as written. If you substitute Cool Whip it will be a much sweeter pie and have a much different texture as the whipped cream is what dictates the firmness of the filling. Whip the cream until very stiff and the consistency will be that of a sturdy mousse. This is a wonderful pie exactly as written, and is delicious without embellishments. The ONLY other suggestion I would make is to try using a non-stick pie pan, as I've had touble in the past with the meringue sticking to the pie dish (could just be our darned St. Louis humidity!); I thought about greasing and flouring the dish, as one does for cakes, but wasn't sure if that would work with the meringue or not. All in all though, excellent recipe. Thanks so much, Marcia, for submitting this, so I'll never have to worry about losing it again! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
08/05/2011
It was pretty good but we didn't crazy about toping. Read More
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17 Ratings
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  • 4 star values: 1
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Rating: 5 stars
08/17/2009
OMG - how awesome to find this recipe here! My Grandma used to make this 45 years ago, and it's always been my favorite. It was either from a magazine or a Baker's recipe pamphlet that she'd had at least since the 1930's or 1940's. I've made this so many times over the years and I can guarantee that it's fabulous! It's really decadent without being overly sweet. The sweetness comes from the meringue shell, which plays perfectly against the rich chocolate filling, when made as written. If you substitute Cool Whip it will be a much sweeter pie and have a much different texture as the whipped cream is what dictates the firmness of the filling. Whip the cream until very stiff and the consistency will be that of a sturdy mousse. This is a wonderful pie exactly as written, and is delicious without embellishments. The ONLY other suggestion I would make is to try using a non-stick pie pan, as I've had touble in the past with the meringue sticking to the pie dish (could just be our darned St. Louis humidity!); I thought about greasing and flouring the dish, as one does for cakes, but wasn't sure if that would work with the meringue or not. All in all though, excellent recipe. Thanks so much, Marcia, for submitting this, so I'll never have to worry about losing it again! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/17/2007
This dessert has a light airy crust and intense chocolate filling. Let it sit a day before serving or the meringue may be chewy instead of soft. I used cool whip instead of the cream and topped it with additional cool whip pecans and toasted coconut. Yummy! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/29/2002
The crust shrunk I went up the sides need to mound higher than the sides. I used fat free cool whip and it was yummy! Very chocolaty! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/17/2005
My favorite!!! YUM!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/11/2010
Just like grandma used to make. This has got to be the best pie ever!!! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
08/05/2011
It was pretty good but we didn't crazy about toping. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/29/2002
Fabulous fluffy chocolate pie after a big Thanksgiving meal. It was a huge hit with my family (the only pie totally consumed). Highly recommend!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/17/2010
As a family recipe...this is still the best!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/01/2013
My family used to make this pie every year for Passover because it's borderline Kosher.;) We got it from an early edition of the New York Times cook book- I think from the mid-1960's. The NYT book recommends unsweetened chocolate for the filling which I prefer; it gives a more smooth complex flavor to offset the sweetness of the other ingredients. Also for some reason it recommends using room-temperature eggs for best results. Dunno why but I don't mess with success! Make sure you beat the meringue until it's in VERY stiff peaks- otherwise it'll settle to the bottom of the pie tin and it may cook unevenly. Pile it up around the edges so you have a real crust not just a flat thing. The filling is easy you just have to make sure you don't burn the chocolate- leave the burner on low and stir frequently until it's all melted. I also like to add a bit of vanilla to the whipped cream. You can let this sit in the refrigerator as long as you like; just cover it so it doesn't dry out. Also keep it chilled until you serve it because the filling melts! It's still tasty but it's more like pudding that way. I'm baking this for a pie-themed party tomorrow and am anticipating much ooh-ing and ahh-ing! Read More
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