French Silk Pie Bars

French Silk Pie Bars have all the velvety chocolate flavor of a French Silk Pie, in the portable format of a dessert bar!

French Silk Pie Bars

By the way, I hope you all had a great Labor Day weekend. In case you missed my big announcement, be sure to check it out on Instagram.

My little brother came to visit for the weekend. Of course, when I say little, don’t kid yourself. This guy towers over all of us at 6’4″. His favorite dessert is French Silk Pie. We really enjoyed this recipe I made before when he visited us in Boston a few years ago, but this time, I wanted to make something different.

And, let’s be honest, I didn’t want to make a pie. Pies are not my favorite thing to make. I know fall is coming right around the corner, which makes me think of pies, but I’m just not in to them. So bars it was.

French Silk Pie Bars

As you can see in the pictures, the crust to filling ratio is pretty high on these bars. When I make these again, I’ll reduce the crust recipe to 3/4 of the original. I have reflected the recipe below to reflect that change. The chocolate mousse filling in this recipe is amazing. I’m tempted to just make that part of the recipe again to eat it with a spoon.

Since the crust and filling were both really tall, I didn’t think my pan could handle the whipped cream topping, so I cut the bars and piped it on top. And piping the topping made it look all fancy and fun. I threw the sprinkles on top since I’m lazy and wasn’t in the mood to make chocolate curls… Next time you need a chocolatey travel-friendly dessert to impress your friends, remember these French Silk Bars.

French Silk Pie Bars

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French Silk Pie Bars

French Silk Pie Bars have all the velvety chocolate flavor of a French Silk Pie, in the portable format of a dessert bar!

Yield: 16 bars

Ingredients:

For the Crust:
12 Tbsp (1.5 sticks) butter
1 1/2 cups flour
1/3 cup powdered sugar

For the Filling:
8 ounces bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
1 cup heavy cream
3 eggs
3/4 cup sugar
2 Tbsp water
1 Tbsp vanilla
8 Tbsp (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature, cut into small pieces

For the Topping:
1/2 tsp gelatin
2 Tbsp cold water
1 cup heavy cream
4-5 Tbsp powdered sugar

Directions:

For the Crust:
Preheat oven to 350 degF. Line an 8"x8" pan with parchment paper.

Pulse crust ingredients in food processor 8-10 times until combined. Press crust in to bottom of pan.

Bake for 20-22 minutes or until lightly browned. Set aside to cool.

For the Filling:
Melt chocolate in a double boiler or in the microwave (use 30 second intervals at medium power). Set aside.

Beat the heavy cream to stiff peaks. Place in small bowl and chill in the fridge.

In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together eggs, sugar, and water until pale yellow and slightly thickened (~6 minutes). Set bowl over saucepan of simmering water and heat mixture to 160 degF, whisking occasionally.

Put bowl on to mixer and beat on medium speed until cooled to room temperature and thickened, about 8 minutes. While beating, add in the chocolate and vanilla. Beat in butter, one piece at a time. Remove bowl from mixer and fold in whipped cream.

Pour mixture over cooled crust and smooth top. Cover and chill for at least 3 hours.

For the Topping:
In a small bowl, sprinkle gelatin over water to soften for 2 minutes. Head 15 seconds in the microwave and whisk to dissolve gelatin. Whip the cream to stiff peaks, adding the gelatin and powdered sugar while whipping.

Spread or pipe on top of bars and chill until set. Decorate with chocolate sprinkles or curls.

Recipe adapted from Willow Bird Baking

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6 Responses to “Caramel Almond Chocolate Cupcakes”

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    fearlesskitchen — August 19, 2009 at 2:28 pm

    This is a really interesting recipe. I haven’t seen dulce de leche combined with chocolate very often. I can see where you wanted to have the color contrast with the ganache, but I personally think it looks great as it is.

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    ~ Kristie — August 19, 2009 at 3:21 pm

    They look amazing! If you don’t want to wait 3 hours for dulce de leche you can use the microwave method found at http://www.cookingforengineers.com/recipe/255/Dulce-de-Leche.

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    Ingrid — August 19, 2009 at 5:13 pm

    I’m not a fan of chocolate but they are a pretty cupcake and I DO like caramel and dulce de leche!
    ~ingrid

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    lifeoftheparty — August 20, 2009 at 7:11 pm

    That looks decadent! Choc-a-holics rejoice =D

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    nutmegnanny — August 21, 2009 at 4:54 am

    Your cupcakes are some of the cutest I have seen!

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    Julie — August 21, 2009 at 2:16 pm

    Those look mouthwatering good!

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