French Silk Pie

My little brother A came to Boston for a visit a couple weeks ago. Although, I suppose calling him my little brother is a bit misleading. He’s growing up fast and just graduated high school this past May. And he towers over the entire family at 6’4″.


As with most people who come to visit, I asked A if he wanted me to bake him something while he was here. He immediately responded “French Silk Pie”. Now I’ve never actually had French Silk Pie let alone baked one. Apparently, it’s A’s favorite dessert though. He’s even baked them himself in the past.


After I found out he had baked his own French Silk Pie, I decided it would be more fun to bake the pie together than for me to bake it for him. I figured we could get some quality sibling bonding time in the kitchen.


A and I had a good time making this pie. He had never made a crust from scratch before and this one was really easy. You just crush up some nuts, mix in some butter, and press it into the pie plate. It can’t get much easier than that!


We whipped up the mousse and filled the shell. Then came the painful part, letting it set. We ended up letting the pie chill in the fridge overnight. The next night after dinner, we topped it with some freshly whipped cream and chocolate shavings. I can’t comment on how this compares to other French Silk Pies out there, but everyone really enjoyed this pie. I’m pretty sure A had 3 pieces himself before heading back to the Midwest.

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French Silk Pie

Yield: 8

Ingredients:

For the Crust
8 Tbsp chilled salted butter, cut into pieces, plus more for pan
1/3 cup pecan halves
1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup firmly packed light-brown sugar
1/4 tsp salt

For the Filling
12 Tbsp (1 1/2 sticks) salted butter, room temperature
1 cup sugar
3 ounces unsweetened chocolate, melted and cooled
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
3 eggs
Whipped cream, for serving
Chocolate curls, for serving

Directions:

For the Crust
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Butter a 9-inch pie plate; set aside. Grind pecans in a food processor, or chop very finely with a knife. In a medium bowl, combine flour, pecans, sugar, and salt. Cut in cold butter with a pastry cutter until mixture resembles coarse meal. Press firmly into prepared pie plate. Bake until golden, 20 to 25 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.

For the Filling
In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. With machine running, gradually add melted chocolate and the vanilla. Add eggs, one at a time, beating at medium speed for five minutes after each addition. Pour filling into cooled pie crust. Cover with plastic wrap, and transfer to the refrigerator to cool for at least 4 hours and up to overnight.

Just before serving, top pie with whipped cream, and decorate with chocolate curls.

Recipe from Martha Stewart

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12 Responses to “French Silk Pie”

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    Debbi Does Dinner Healthy — July 12, 2010 at 12:15 pm

    I made one of these once and it was grainy because I screwed up on the butter or something, your looks perfect! Must give it a try, thanks!

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    newlywed — July 12, 2010 at 12:25 pm

    That looks SO good. French Silk pie is one of my favorites too, but I have never tried making it.

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    Evan B — July 12, 2010 at 2:21 pm

    French Silk Pie is one of my favorites.. and it’s also one of my favorite blizzard’s at Dairy Queen! I’m going to have to give this a try..

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    Memória — July 12, 2010 at 6:52 pm

    I think I’ve had only one French Silk Pie in my lifetime. I must change that statistic haha. Your photos look fantastic.

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    Becky — July 12, 2010 at 10:33 pm

    Wow, that looks delicious! I’ve never made it before either, but I’ll have to give it a shot! And I feel your pain about the “big” sister thing…my little bro calls me shorty which took some getting used to : )

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    Julie — July 13, 2010 at 12:00 am

    What a wonderful pie! It’s strange how I have no problem with the raw eggs in this pie, but they gross me out in spaghetti carbonara :)

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    brettb734 — July 13, 2010 at 12:19 pm

    I too love french silk pie, but have never made one. You did such a good job and made it sound simple, I will have to try making one.

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    Fun and Fearless in Beantown — July 13, 2010 at 2:03 pm

    This looks divine! I’m not much of a baker, which is why I love heading over to your site for inspiration!

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    We Are Not Martha — July 14, 2010 at 12:55 pm

    Awww that’s so nice you baked it together :) It looks amazing and so, so beautiful!

    Sues

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    the twins — July 14, 2010 at 6:05 pm

    that looks so delicious!

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    toccara — November 5, 2010 at 3:02 am

    Ive tried this pie and it was perfect. I didn’t make the crust because I needed it in a hurry so I just baked off a pie shell instead. It was breath taking. I so love this recipe.

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    toccara — November 5, 2010 at 3:04 am

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