Everyone has probably heard of citrus curds. Lemon curd is the most well known. It is delicious on scones or in a pie. I have seen recipes for grapefruit curd as well. So, I thought why not an orange curd? Of course, it turned out sweet and wonderful. But, you know how I am, the gears started turning and I thought about how much we like chocolate with oranges. Those chocolate covered orange sticks are a family favorite, and those chocolates that are shaped like an orange come to mind. So, I thought, why not an orange curd meringue pie with a layer of chocolate ganache? I hadn't really even made a ganache before. It was so easy! If you haven't made one, you will wonder what you have waited for.
So, lets start making this delight, one step at a time.
After the shell is out and slightly cooled, I spread a thin layer of the ganache over the bottom of the shell. I had enough to coat two pies. Then I let it cool a bit.
When the ganache is fairly cool, spread the orange curd over the top of it.
The final step is to add the meringue. I whipped up the 6 whites that were left over with a little cream of tartar and when they started to get whipped, I added sugar (to taste) until stiff peaks formed. Then, I piled it onto the pie.
Now, you put it in the oven set at 450 degrees F for about 5 min. (Well, as you can tell, I left mine in a little longer. I got distracted. What you really want is for the meringue to be set with golden brown parts on the peaks.)
Now, for the rest of these oranges, I will let you know how my orange chicken turns out!