When Easter comes around, I'm always secretly planning to make this dessert – I've been this way since I've had kids old enough to eat their own body weight in chocolate. That happens way too soon after they start eating solid food, by the way.
I don't have much of a sweet tooth, so I don't get their obsession with all things chocolate. By mid-week after Easter I am so fed up with their constant sweet-snacking, I end up secretly confiscating their stash to make this triple chocolate pudding pie.
Now, I know I said I don't have much of a sweet tooth, but can you keep a secret?
I love Oreos.
I don't eat them, or buy them – ever. It's too dangerous. Since I was a little girl, one of my favourite snacks has been Oreos dunked in cold milk.
The only time I'll buy them, now, is if I'm crushing them to make a base for a cheesecake, or – you guessed it – for this triple chocolate pudding pie. That's one of the ingredients that makes me love this dessert so very much.
I may be taking quarantine-induced comfort eating a little too seriously, but since I make this dessert each Easter and I get rid of a lot of chocolate in the process, I think can get away with this one. And it is comfort on a plate. Soft, custard-like filling, crisp and chewy meringue topping and an easy Oreo base?
It's the dessert Ireland needs right now.
Triple chocolate pudding pie
For the base:
1 package Oreo cookies, crushed
For the pie:
250g leftover Easter chocolate (it can be anything that melts)
2 large eggs
3 egg yolks
50g caster sugar
100g plain flour
Large pinch of flaky sea salt
1 tsp vanilla
For the meringue topping:
1/4 tsp cream of tartar
3 large egg whites
100g powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla
Crushed leftover Easter chocolate or candies