Frozen Vanilla Chocolate Pie

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Preparation info

  • 6

    servings
    • Difficulty

      Easy

Appears in

New York Times Menu Cookbook

New York Times Menu Cookbook

By Craig Claiborne

Published 1966

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Ingredients

  • 2 eggs, separated
  • ¾ cup confectioners’ sugar
  • cup water
  • ounces ( squares) unsweetened chocolate
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup heavy cream, whipped
  • ½ cup vanilla-wafer crumbs or angel-flake coconut

Method

  1. Beat the egg yolks with one-quarter cup of the sugar and the water in the top part of a double boiler. Cook, stirring, over hot water until the mixture thickens. Add the chocolate and stir until melted. Add the vanilla. Cool.

  2. Beat the egg whites until they stand in soft peaks, adding the remaining sugar gradually. Fold into the cooled custard, along with the whipped cream.

  3. Sprinkle half of the vanilla-wafer crumbs or coconut over the bottom and sides of an ice-cube tray. Pour in the chocolate mixture and sprinkle with the remaining crumbs or coconut. Freeze. To serve, cut into wedge-shaped pieces.

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