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Ragged Rock Black Bottom Pie

Ragged Rock Black Bottom Pie. A delicious chocolate custard bottom layer topped by a lightly rum flavoured gelatine mousse in a chocolate cookie crumb crust.

Black Bottom Pie photo of a single slice on a white plate

Ragged Rock Black Bottom Pie.

This is my take on a classic and pretty simple no-bake black bottom pie that combines the flavors of chocolate and Ragged Rock rum. That’s one of our local brands here in Newfoundland.

You can, of course, substitute any good quality rum in this recipe. Hey, rum and chocolate…how bad can that possibly be? 😉 

Dark Chocolate Chips, to melt and dip the biscotti

Dark Chocolate Chips at 50% cocoa is my favourite for this recipe.

Black Bottom Pie ticks a lot of boxes for me. First it’s pie! I love a good pie.

It also includes chocolate and originates in the South. I have a fondness for old fashioned recipes from the South too. 

Wikipedia says about its origin. “Black bottom pie is thought by some to be of Southern origin, the “black bottom” representing the dark, swampy lowlands along the Mississippi River.

Other sources have identified an origin in Louisiana or Oklahoma City in the early 1940s. Its invention has been claimed by Monroe Boston Strause of Los Angeles.

Strause, who was known as the “Pie King”, was the inventor of the chiffon pie and the graham cracker crust.”

An interesting history no matter the origin.

The addition of the rum can be optional, for a more traditional version. Just add an additional 1/4 cup of milk to the custard when making it.

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Originally published 2008. Updated 2019 to provide printable recipe and provide nutritional information.
Black Bottom Pie photo of a single slice on a white plate
Yield: 8 servings

Ragged Rock Black Bottom Pie

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

A delicious chocolate custard bottom layer topped by a lightly rum flavoured gelatine mousse in a chocolate cookie crumb crust.

Ingredients

For the cookie crumb crust

  • 2 cups chocolate cookie crumbs
  • 1/3 cup melted butter
  • 2 tbsp sugar

For the filling layers

  • 2 teaspoons gelatine
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 egg yolks
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup rum
  • 2 egg whites
  • ¼ tsp cream of tartar
  • 1/3 cup sugar

Instructions

To prepare the crust

  1. Combine the cookie crumbs, butter and sugar together and press into the bottom and sides of a lightly greased 10 inch pie plate.

To prepare the rum gelatine layer

  1. Soften 1 envelope (2 teaspoons) gelatine in ¼ cup milk. Set aside.
  2. In a small saucepan combine the 2 cups milk, cornstarch, egg yolks and sugar.
  3. Heat just to boiling over medium heat, stirring constantly. Measure off 1 cup of the custard and to it add the chocolate chips
  4. Stir until the chocolate is fully melted and the custard is smooth. Spread in the bottom of the prepared cookie crumb crust.
  5. To the remaining custard add the softened gelatine and stir until it is dissolved into the mixture, then stir in the vanilla extract and rum.
  6. Place the custard bowl in an ice bath and stir occasionally, scraping the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula until the gelatine in the custard begins to partially set, forming soft mounds.
  7. With an electric mixer begin to beat the egg whites and cream of tarter to soft peaks.
  8. Gradually beat in the 1/3 cup of sugar.
  9. Continue to beat until the sugar is dissolved and the meringue is quite stiff.
  10. Slowly begin to beat in the custard by large spoonfuls, beating well after each addition until all the custard is incorporated.
  11. Pour the mixture over the chocolate custard in the prepared cookie crumb crust.
  12. Chill the pie in the refrigerator for at least 2-3 hours or overnight before garnishing with whipped cream and chocolate shavings or melted chocolate and serving.

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Nutrition Information

Yield

8

Serving Size

1 slice

Amount Per Serving Calories 382Total Fat 16gSaturated Fat 8gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 6gCholesterol 73mgSodium 211mgCarbohydrates 52gFiber 1gSugar 34gProtein 6g

The nutritional information provided is automatically calculated by third party software and is meant as a guideline only. Exact accuracy is not guaranteed. For recipes where all ingredients may not be used entirely, such as those with coatings on meats, or with sauces or dressings for example, calorie & nutritional values per serving will likely be somewhat lower than indicated.

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Rosabella

Saturday 19th of June 2010

I've been looking for a good Black Bottom Pie recipe for years...I think I've found it! Thanks for sharing!

grillicious

Tuesday 6th of May 2008

that was totally rock! never sayno to chocolate!

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