chocolate truffle meringue pie

chocolate truffle meringue pie

... we spent last weekend working outside in Edinburgh and even though it was unbelievably cold (and when I say cold I mean freezing cold... I haven't been that cold in quite some years - it was that unbearable coldness that eats into your bones) it's still my favourite city in the UK.  I love how it feels like a village but is quite clearly an international city with so much history and culture, which also makes it a really romantic place too.  It's also so wonderfully easy for walking around.  You can see the lay of the land from the top of the Castle Rock but you also catch glimpses of the coast as you wander up and down the hills and bridges.  There are some incredible restaurants there too, with some adventurous chefs serving some very interesting Scottish twists on international cuisine.  We stayed at the Ibis Styles hotel in St Andrew's Square which was also rather impressive for both its budget prices but also it's rather clever use of interior design.  But mostly we were impressed with the beautiful Christmas decorations.  The whole city was aglow with such beauty.  Lights twinkling on every street and there was very little tacky stuff but a lot of impressive wreaths wrapped with an abundance of lights... some of them so incredible we actually stopped to stare in wonderment and awe.  The Dome bar was particularly impressive and gave us the full, head-on Christmas experience.  I also ordered my first Amaretto on Ice of the season which always makes me feel so warm and tingly inside...

chocolate truffle meringue pie

an indulgent pudding to say the least but very special there's no doubt... I had a glut of my favourite almond and cream cheese pastry left-over from prepping for my forthcoming demo-cooking  weekend at the Lincolnshire Food and Gift Fair as well as 5 large free-range egg whites so I knew a meringue pie was in the mix.  I would have usually gone for lemon or something else sharp but a surprising lack of lemons combined with a lot of rain meant that I had to make do with what was in the house so the two bars of chocolate become a chocolate truffle pie!  The pastry is genius as it's so rich and so light it doesn't need to be blind-baked yet I promise it will come out perfectly crispy and flaky... I have no idea what happened with the meringue.  It came out of the oven nice and high but seems to have collapsed overnight as it cooled.  Perhaps I over-beated the eggs, so do watch out for this...

for the almond and cream cheese pastry

300g plain flour 

3/4 teaspoon baking powder 

112g caster sugar 

150g unsalted butter 

100g full fat cream cheese (I used cottage cheese which was excellent) 

75g ground almonds 

1 egg yolk a little milk to bind

Ingredients

  • 1 egg yolk a little milk to bind
  • 150g unsalted butter
  • 60g golden caster sugar
  • 2 large free-range eggs, plus
  • 3 large free-range egg yolks
  • 80g plain flour
  • 5 large free-range egg whites
  • 275g caster sugar (i used coconut sugar)
  • 1 tsp cornflour
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean paste
  • 20g cocoa powder
Read the whole recipe on Belleau Kitchen