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From, "Cooking by the Boot Straps...A Taste of Oklahoma Heaven," published in cooperation with your Daily Inbox Newsletter.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1-1/2 cups sugar

  • 1/2 cup baking cocoa

  • 1/3 cup cornstarch

  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

  • 2 cups milk

  • 3 egg yolks, beaten

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1 teaspoon butter or margarine

  • 1 baked (9-inch) pie shell

  • 3 egg whites

  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar

  • 6 Tablespoons sugar


TO PREPARE:

Combine 1-1/2 cups sugar, baking cocoa, cornstarch and salt in a saucepan and mix well.  Add the milk gradually, stirring constantly.  Cook over medium heat until bubbly, stirring constantly.  Cook for 2 minutes longer, stirring constantly.  Remove from heat.  Stir a large Tablespoon of the hot mixture into the egg yolks.  Stir the egg yolk mixture into the hot chocolate mixture.  Cook for 2 minutes, stirring constantly.  Remove from heat.  Stir in 1 teaspoon vanilla and butter.  Spoon into the pie shell.

Beat the egg whites, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla and cream of tartar in a mixing bowl until soft peaks form.  Add 6 Tablespoons sugar gradually, beating until stiff glossy peaks form.  Spread over the prepared layer.  Bake at 350 degrees for 12 to 15 minutes or until light brown.  Let stand until cool.

SERVES:  
6 - 8

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