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       Title: Black Beauty Pie
  Categories: Pies, Desserts
       Yield: 1 pie
      16    Stewed California dried figs
       3 c  Milk
       1    Envelope unflavored gelatin
     1/2 c  Sugar
       2 ts Instant coffee
       1 ts Cinnamon
       1 pk Chocolate pudding
       1 ts Vanilla
     1/2 c  Slivered toasted almonds
     1/2 c  Toasted whole almonds
       1    9-inch baked pie shell
       1 c  Heavy cream; whipped,
            -sweetened, vanilla-flavored
   Drain stewed figs thoroughly.  Set aside several figs to garnish pie top.
   Cut up remaining figs into small bits, discarding stems.  In 1/2 cup of
   the milk, dissolve the gelatin.  Place remaining milk in saucepan with
   coffee, sugar, cinnamon and package of chocolate pudding.  Stir over low
   heat until pudding thickens and bubbles up.  Stir in the gelatin.  Cool.
   Then add vanilla and toasted, slivered almonds.  Pour into pie shell and
   chill.  Top with sweetened, vanilla-flavored whipped cream.  Dry the whole
   figs carefully and use with toasted whole almonds to garnish pie top.
   Source: 48 Family Favorites with California Figs
   Reprinted with the permission of The California Fig Advisory Board
   Electronic format courtesy of Karen Mintzias