Black Bottom Pie
- 1 single-crust pie shell
- 1 envelope unflavored gelatin
- 1/4 cup water
- 1 cup sugar divided
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- 2 cups milk
- 4 egg yolks
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 2 tablespoons rum or 1/2 teaspoon rum extract
- 4 egg whites
- Prepare one single-crust pie shell. Prick all over, the more the better, with a fork. Bake at 450-degrees for about 10 minutes. Cool.
- Soften gelatin in 1/4 cup cold water and set aside.
- In a small saucepan, combine 1/2 cup of the sugar and the cornstarch. Stir in milk and egg yolks. Cook and stir over medium heat until bubbly. Cook and stir two minutes more. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.
- Pour half of the milk mixture into a medium-size bowl. (Keep remaining mixture in saucepan warm with the lowest setting on your stove top. It is very important that you keep the saucepan mixture warm while you are working with the chocolate in this step.) Add chocolate to the half in the bowl and stir to melt. Pour into baked pie shell. Chill while continuing the rest of the pie preparation.
- Stir softened gelatin mixture into the warmed saucepan with the remaining half of the milk mixture until gelatin dissolves. Stir in the rum. Chill the milk/gelatin/rum mixture until it is about the consistency of syrup. Do not get distracted at this point. Just check it every 5 minutes to see when it thickens up to syrupy texture and take it out then. (This will depend on your fridge temp, but should probably be less than 30 minutes.)
- Beat egg whites till soft peaks form. Gradually add remaining 1/2 cup of sugar, continuing to beat till stiff peaks form.
- Fold beaten egg whites into the prepared, syrupy-textured milk/rum mixture. Spoon over chocolate bottom in pie shell. Chill overnight (or like 8 hours).
- Eat the entire pie for breakfast.