This pie's rich chocolaty layer and its airy rum cream layer are supported by a spicy gingersnap crust. Please note: this recipe contains raw eggs. We recommend that pregnant women, young children, the elderly and the infirm do not consume raw eggs.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
45 mins
cook:
10 mins
additional:
6 hrs
total:
6 hrs 55 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
1 - 10 inch pie
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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). Lightly grease a 10-inch pie pan.

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  • In a medium bowl, mix together cookie crumbs and softened butter. Press firmly into pie pan. Bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes. Allow to cool completely.

  • In a medium bowl, whisk together sugar, cornstarch, salt, and egg yolks. Bring milk to a simmer in top of a double boiler. Slowly whisk 1/2 cup of milk into egg yolk mixture, then gradually whisk egg yolk mixture into remaining 1 1/2 cups milk. Continue to cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until mixture is thick enough to coat back of spoon. Remove from heat.

  • Transfer 1 1/4 cups of hot egg yolk mixture to a small bowl and add unsweetened chocolate. Stir until chocolate is melted. Allow to cool slightly, then mix in vanilla extract. Pour chocolate mixture into cooled pie crust. Place in refrigerator.

  • Combine gelatin with cold water and set aside to soften 5 minutes. Add to remaining egg yolk mixture, stirring well. Allow to cool, then stir in rum.

  • In a large glass or metal bowl, combine egg whites and cream of tartar. Beat until stiff peaks form. Fold into cooled gelatin mixture. Spoon over chocolate layer.

  • In a medium bowl, whip cream until soft peaks form. Spread over top of pie. Sprinkle with grated chocolate. Chill at least 1 hour before serving.

Nutrition Facts

516 calories; protein 8.4g 17% DV; carbohydrates 48.3g 16% DV; fat 32.9g 51% DV; cholesterol 178.6mg 60% DV; sodium 359.4mg 14% DV. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (4)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
07/25/2003
This is without a doubt the BEST black bottom pie I have ever made or had! The only problem is that I didn't make two - one just goes too fast!! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
12/27/2014
This was the first time I've made Black Bottom Pie of any sort but am a fairly accomplished baker so I was very much looking forward to making and tasting this recipe. Of the recipes I saw this one had the most "real" ingredients meaning it didn't use pudding mix or anything silly like that which is why I chose it. I followed the recipe exactly and it turned out as I expected - it looked beautiful. I served it for Christmas dessert and it was such a disappointment. It was ok at best - don't get me wrong it wasn't bad it just wasn't anything more than mediocre and for the amount of time and steps it took it definitely wasn't worth it. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/25/2003
This is without a doubt the BEST black bottom pie I have ever made or had! The only problem is that I didn't make two - one just goes too fast!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/07/2011
This pie is so good. My son-in-law loves this pie. It only gets baked when I go to visit. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
12/27/2014
This was the first time I've made Black Bottom Pie of any sort but am a fairly accomplished baker so I was very much looking forward to making and tasting this recipe. Of the recipes I saw this one had the most "real" ingredients meaning it didn't use pudding mix or anything silly like that which is why I chose it. I followed the recipe exactly and it turned out as I expected - it looked beautiful. I served it for Christmas dessert and it was such a disappointment. It was ok at best - don't get me wrong it wasn't bad it just wasn't anything more than mediocre and for the amount of time and steps it took it definitely wasn't worth it. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/24/2015
I am so happy to have found this recipe. Thank-you so much for posting it I used to make this pie years ago and lost the recipe. I made it yesterday and it was lovely. Read More
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