Chocolate Chess Pies with Hibiscus Whipped Cream
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Fun facts about Hibiscus:
- There are 220 different species of Hibiscus in the world!
- The name ‘Hibiscus’ comes from hibiskos, the old Greek name for the common marshmallow.
- Rubbed on shoes, hibiscus blooms bring back the natural luster of leather, hence the common name “shoe plant” or “shoeblack plant” in India.
- A hibiscus flower can be used to determine the pH of a liquid. The flower turns dark pink or magenta in an acidic solution and green in an alkaline one.
- Hibiscus tea is used in several cultures for its medicinal purposes. It is believed to aid in the treatment of high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and digestive issues.
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1.) Why do we par-bake the pie crusts?
Answer: Par-baking or blind baking helps start to set the crust of a pie and ensures that the crust will be crispy and not soggy on the bottom.
2.) How can I tell if my pie is done baking?
Answer: When your pies are finished baking, they will still be slightly wobbly in the center, but will be firm to the touch. You will notice that the pies will rise while baking and as they cool, they will sink in a bit. This is because the centers are fudgy.
3.) What's the difference between a medium peak and a stiff peak?
Answer: A medium peak is somewhere in the middle between a soft peak and a stiff peak. A soft peak barely holds a shape, while a medium peak is set and holds a shape but is softer and more fluid than a stiff peak. We recommend a medium peak for this recipe so that you can easily pipe a nice whipped cream kiss.
- When melting the butter for the pie filling make sure to follow the directions to microwave it in 10 second increments. The butter should be soft and creamy, but not completely melted. If the butter is melted completely, it breaks the emulsion of the butterfat and milk solids and as a result can separate into a slightly oily layer when it is baked.
- Make sure to whisk in the eggs really well in step 7 to ensure that all of the ingredients are thoroughly combined.