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French Silk Pie

Course: Dessert
Author: from Shauna Sever's Midwest Made: Big, Bold Baking from the Heartland


  • Crust: 1 single layer pie dough find recipe link in blog post above
  • 3/4 cup 170g unsalted butter, cool room temperature
  • 1 cup 200g sugar
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened Dutch-processed cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla make your own
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 3 3/4 ounces 107g bittersweet chocolate (70-75% cacao) Semisweet chocolate will be way too sweet!
  • 3 large eggs COLD! - these are raw, so used pasteurized if this makes you nervous


  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • Chocolate Shavings for sprinkling over the top


  • Prepare the dough and blind bake the crust in a 9-inch, shallow pie dish.
  • Filling: In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the butter, sugar, cocoa powder, vanilla, and salt. Beat on medium speed until the mixture is light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add the melted chocolate and beat until blended. Add the cold eggs, one at a time and beat for about 5 MINUTES AFTER EACH EGG.
  • Spoon the filling into the prepared blind baked pie shell.
  • Whip the cream on medium speed, just to soft peaks. If you over whip the cream, it will not pipe smoothly. Whipping it slow and low, will create a cream that will hold up for hours, if not days.
  • Cover with whipped cream. You can pile it on in a cloud or pipe it in ruffles, as I did with a large rose tip (Ateco 180 - Large Flower Petal Decorating Tip).
  • Chill the pie for at least an hour and serve. The filling will tighten up as it chills, so the texture is just about perfect for the first several hours and then it becomes denser and loses a bit of the silkiness, but is still delicious.
  • To make the chocolate shavings, scrape a bar (I use the large chocolate bars at Trader Joes) with a sharp knife.