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Delta Black Bottom Pie

Yield one 10-inch pie


  • 30 gingersnaps, crushed
  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine, melted
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon plus 3/4 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 4 eggs, separated
  • 2 cups milk, scalded
  • 1 1/2 (1-ounce) squares unsweetened chocolate
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon unflavored gelatin
  • 1/4 cup cold water
  • 2 tablespoons dark rum
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • Grated chocolate (optional)
  • 1 cup whipping cream, whipped

How to Make It

  1. Combine cookie crumbs and butter, mixing well. Press firmly into bottom and sides of a lightly greased 10-inch pie plate. Bake at 300° for 10 minutes. Let cool completely.

  2. Combine sugar, cornstarch, and salt in top of a double boiler. Beat egg yolks; add to sugar mixture, stirring well. Gradually add scalded milk. Bring water in bottom of double boiler to a boil. Reduce heat to low; cook, stirring constantly, until mixture is slightly thickened and coats a metal spoon. Remove from heat.

  3. Remove 1 1/4 cups hot mixture; place in a small mixing bowl. Add chocolate squares; stir until chocolate melts. Cool slightly. Add vanilla; stir well. Pour filling into prepared piecrust. Chill until slightly set.

  4. Dissolve gelatin in cold water; add to remaining hot mixture, stirring constantly. Let mixture cool. Stir in rum.

  5. Beat egg whites (at room temperature) until foamy; add cream of tartar. Beat until stiff peaks form. Fold into cooled gelatin mixture. Spoon over chocolate mixture; chill until set. Sprinkle with grated chocolate, if desired. Pipe whipped cream around edge of pie with a pastry bag.

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