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Gluten Free Chocolate Meringue Pie

Gluten Free Chocolate Meringue Pie

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Who fancies making a delicious festive dessert this Christmas? @beckyexcell has well and truly delivered once again, this time with a festive gluten free Chocolate Meringue Pie!

It’s no-bake so there’s no need to turn the oven on – all you need is the below ingredients which include Walker’s gluten free chocolate chip shortbread.

For ease, you’ll be able to find our gluten free shortbread in Sainsbury’s free from aisle or over on our online shop.

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Ingredients

  • 350g Walker's Gluten Free Shortbread (roughly 3 packs) (for the base)
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder (for the base)
  • 100g butter, melted and cooled (for the base)
  • 300ml double cream (for the filling)
  • 300g chocolate (for the filling)
  • 55g butter (for the filling)
  • 100g egg whites (3–4 eggs) (for the meringue)
  • 200g caster sugar (for the meringue)
  • 45ml water (for the meringue)
  • 1⁄4 tsp cream of tartar (for the meringue)
  • Gold leaf, to finish
Gluten Free Chocolate Meringue Pie

Method

1
Crush your shortbread into fine crumbs and then mix in cocoa powder so thoroughly combined. (can do in a food processor or use a rolling pin to crush the biscuits and then stir in the cocoa powder).
2
Pour your melted butter into your crushed biscuits and mix together in a bowl.
3
Press your mixture into a 23cm loose bottom fluted tart tin. Chill in the fridge for at least 30 mins.
4
For the filling heat your cream in a saucepan until just boiling. Remove from the heat and add in your chocolate and butter.
5
Stir continuously until it’s all melted, combined and creamy.
6
Pour your filling into your tart shell and place back in the fridge until set (usually set in a couple of hours).
7
Once set make your meringue – place your egg whites in the bowl of a stand mixer with a whisk attachment. (You can do this with an electric hand mixer but a stand mixer is easier!)
8
Add your sugar and water to a saucepan, then mix together so it’s combined and gloopy. Place over a medium heat.
9
Whilst the sugar and water are heating, add the cream of tartar to the egg whites and whisk on a medium speed until soft peaks form.
10
Once the sugar syrup reaches 120°C (you need a food thermometer or sugar thermometer for this), remove from the heat and carefully drizzle it into the egg whites, with the mixer still running.
11
Try not to get the sugar syrup on the sides of the bowl as it will instantly harden and crystallize. Continue to whisk until the meringue is stiff, glossy and cooled.
12
Top your chilled chocolate tart with the Italian meringue, leaving a small amount of the chocolate filling exposed around the edges.
13
If you have one, use a kitchen blowtorch to toast the meringue.
14
Finish with gold leaf for a super special festive dessert!

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