Sunday, February 28, 2010

French Silk Pie

A few months ago, I wanted to make a chocolate pie and went on a search for a good recipe. I ended up picking a French Silk Pie recipe from my Better Homes and Garden New Cookbook. This is VERY good!! I will warn you though that it is also very rich! It is almost fudge like in texture, but oh so good!! You can either whip up some heavy whipping cream or use Cool Whip for the topping. I prefer using the heavy cream, but would use the Cool Whip in a pinch! Add some chocolate shavings on top and you have a very nice dessert for any meal!

1 baked pie crust (homemade or store bought)
1 cup whipping cream
1 cup semisweet chocolate pieces (6 oz)
1/3 cup butter
1/3 cup sugar
2 egg yolks, beaten
3 tbsp whipping cream (or creme de cacao)
1 cup whipped cream

Prepare pie crust; set aside. In a medium heavy saucepan combine 1 cup whipping cream, chocolate, butter and sugar. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly until chocolate is melted (about 10 minutes).

Remove from heat. Gradually stir half of the hot mixture into egg yolks. Return egg mixture to chocolate mixture in saucepan. Cook over medium low heat, stirring constantly, until mixture is slightly thickened and begins to bubble (about 5 minutes). Remove from heat. (Mixture may appear lightly curdled). Stir in the 3 tbsp whipping cream (or creme de cacao). Place the saucepan in a bowl of ice water, stirring occasionally, until the mixture stiffens and becomes hard to stir (about 20 minutes)

Transfer the chocolate mixture to a medium mixing bowl. Beat chocolate mixture on medium to high speed for 2 to 3 minutes or until light and fluffy.

Spread filling in the baked pastry shell.

Cover with plastic wrap and chill for 5 hours to 24 hours.

Before serving, remove plastic wrap.

Top with whipped cream and serve.

Enjoy! (Just posting this makes me want to go in the kitchen and get another bite....yum!!)

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