Chocolate Pie

Chocolate pie filling:
1 c. sugar
1/3 c. flour or 3 Tbs. cornstarch
¼ tsp. salt
2 c. milk
3 slightly beaten egg yolks
2 Tbs. butter
1 tsp. vanilla
2 1-oz squares unsweetened chocolate, chopped
3 egg whites
½ tsp. vanilla
¼ tsp. cream of tartar
6 Tbs. sugar

In saucepan, combine sugar, flour or cornstarch and salt; gradually stir in milk and chocolate. Cook and stir over medium high heat till bubbly. Cook and stir 2 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir a moderate amount hot mixture into yolks; immediately return to hot mixture; cook 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Add butter and vanilla. Pour into cooled baked pastry shell. Spread meringue atop pie and bake at 350 for 12 to 15 minutes. Or omit meringue and serve with whipped cream.

Meringue: Beat egg whites with vanilla and cream of tartar till soft peaks form. Gradually add sugar, beating till stiff and glossy peaks form and all sugar is dissolved.