Chocolate Luscious Pie

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1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs
1/2 cup pecans, finely chopped
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup melted butter
1-1/4 cup milk
2/3 cup sugar
2 lg. eggs, separated
1 square semi-sweet chocolate
1 cup whipping cream
1-1/2 cups chocolate chips, chopped, divided
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/4 cup milk
1 envelope gelatin
1/3 cup water
1 Tbsp. butter
whipped cream
For crust:

Preheat oven to 350°; combine all ingredients and pack mixture firmly into bottom and sides of a 10-inch pie pan. Bake for 10 minutes and cool completely.

For filling:

Melt semi-sweet chocolate over hot, but not boiling, water. Beat egg whites with  1/3 cup sugar. 

Heat milk with remaining 1/3 cup of the sugar. Add egg yolks. Cook 2 minutes, stirring constantly.

Soften gelatin in 1/4 cup milk and add to hot mixture. Add the melted semi-sweet chocolate and beat well with mixer. Chill until congealed.

Fold whipped cream and egg whites into chocolate mixture; add vanilla extract and 1 cup of the chocolate chips. Fill graham cracker shell and chill until set.

Melt 1/2 cup chocolate chips with water and butter and drizzle over top of pie.

Serve with whipped cream.

:Sylvia Sublett Jones, from The Farmhouse Restaurant, Christiansburg, VA

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