Saturday, May 14, 2011

Low-Point Deconstructed Chocolate Meringue Pie

Deconstructed foods?? What the heck is that? Basically, it's taking the original recipe and "re-creating" it or taking apart a recipe and putting it back together again in a different form. This chocolate meringue pie (that uses the meringue for the crust) is a marvelous dessert that is a must try. At less than 2 points per serving, it's a dessert that doesn't disappoint. :)


Low-Point Deconstructed Chocolate Meringue Pie
Ingredients:
- 1 cup Splenda granulated sugar substitute
- 1 Tbs cornstarch
- 4 egg whites, at room temperature
- 1/4 tsp. cream of tartar
- Pinch of salt
- 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1 small box of sugar free, fat free instant chocolate pudding
- 2 cups 1% Milk
- Strawberries
Preheat oven to 225 degrees. Whisk together splenda and cornstarch. Beat egg whites at medium-high speed for 1 minute. Add cream of tartar and salt and beat until blended. Gradually add splenda mixture, 1 Tbs at a time, beating at medium-high speed until mixture is glossy, stiff peaks form, and splenda is dissolved (do not overbeat). Beat in vanilla. Gently spread mixture into a 7-inch round (sprayed with Pam "baking" spray), making an indention in center of meringue to hold filling. (I did not have a 7-inch round so I turned a 2 1/2 quart round casserole dish upside down and used the bottom of that to spread and bake my meringue mixture on.) Bake at 225 degrees for 1 hour and 30 minutes or until pale golden and outside has formed a crust. Turn oven off; let meringue stand in oven, with door closed and light on for 12 hours. Remove meringue. Whisk chocolate pudding with milk until thickened. Spread on top of meringue (I didn't need to use all the pudding for this and placed the extra pudding in a small bowl to enjoy later). Arrange strawberries on top and serve. If you'd like a printer-friendly version of this recipe, Click Here.
Total servings - 8
Serving size - 1
Points per serving - 1.5

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