one 10-inch pie

How to Make It

Step 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.

Step 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.

Step 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.

Step 4

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

Step 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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