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This pie is creamy, luscious, rich and popular every time I make it! Full of chocolaty french silk filling and topped with whipped cream, it is a favorite and so full of memories!

close up of a slice missing out of a chocolate french silk pie

      This french silk pie recipe is exactly what you would expect.  It has a flaky crust, a super creamy chocolate filling, whipped cream and shaved chocolate on top. 

Taking a bite of this pie is like taking a bite of a rich chocolate cloud.  It is a showstopper dessert steeped in history!

    As far as I know,  my Great-Grandpa “Buck” never made a French Silk Pie.  But, I can’t imagine there ever being a time where a french silk pie doesn’t remind me of him.

   When most of MiMi’s family still lived in the Chicago area, Maw-Maw and Paw-Paw used to host Sunday dinners.  I was young, but still do have some memories of the house and the weekly ritual.

   They had a strawberry shortcake toy in the closet upstairs that I liked to play with and a putting green in the backyard.  Yes, you read that right.

     They had their very own practice green… in the backyard.  But that is unrelated to the pie.

vintage picture of my grandma as a child along with her sister and my great-grandparents
My great-grandma , great aunt ,  Maw-Maw and great-grandpa

    On Sundays we would all get together for a big family meal.  Great-Grandpa Buck would always stop by Baker’s Square and pick up a pie.

   Part of the fun was guessing what kind of pie it was.  If there was an extra slice of pie after everyone ate, the one who guessed the kind correctly first got first dibs.

    My first guess was always french silk!  I suppose that was mostly wishful thinking!

mixer bowl filled ingredients for french silk pie with melted chocolate nearby.

      It isn’t a pie you hear about all that often, but it is one that brings back good memories.  There are raw eggs in this recipe, so please be careful.

    I grew up licking the bowl and eating cookie dough, so I don’t tend to shy away from raw eggs (except while I was pregnant, you can never be too careful).

     But, it is good to be aware.  Out of an abundance of caution (and as proof of my self-sacrificing ways) I made my pie the day before and licked the bowl.  It’s a hard job, but somebody has to do it.

mixer bowl filled with creamy chocolate pie filling.

      Of course you can minimize the risk by using pasteurized eggs.  I was lucky enough to have a fridge full of MiMi’s farm fresh eggs, so I used a few of them with no problem.

      The key to getting this filling right is not shortcutting the mixing time.  Make sure the butter and eggs are at room temperature before you start and beat the daylights out of them.

    You don’t only want to whip air into the filling, but you also want to give the sugar plenty of time to dissolve so it won’t be gritty.

slice of french silk pie served on white plate with remaining pie in background.

      Every time I make this pie it gets rave reviews.  It was the inspiration for my french silk brownies which were also met with lots of compliments.

   Or you may want to try my great-grandma’s german chocolate cake.  It has an unexpected twist with a broiled coconut frosting that you should definitely check out!

What are your favorite chocolate desserts?  Or what pie would be your hopeful first guess?

Yield: 12 Servings

French Silk Pie

Chocolate french silk pie with whipped cream and chocolate shavings on top, one slice missing.

This pie is creamy, luscious, rich and popular every time I make it! Full of chocolaty french silk filling and topped with whipped cream, it is a favorite and so full of memories!

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Additional Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 35 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 pie crust
  • 3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup softened butter
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 large eggs
  • Optional: whipped cream and chocolate shavings for topping

Instructions

  1. Pre-bake your pie crust according to recipe directions and cool.
  2. Melt chocolate chips and then set aside to cool
  3. Place room temperature butter into stand mixer bowl. Using the whisk attachment, incorporate the sugar and vanilla until smooth.
  4. Set your mixer to medium speed and get ready to add the eggs one at a time. After each egg, let the mixer for for 4-5 minutes before you add the next egg. So this whole process will take somewhere between 15 and 20 minutes.
  5. Make sure the chocolate is cooled but not hardened, then add to the butter mixture. Beat until well combined. By the end you will have a light and fluffy, smooth and creamy chocolaty pillow of goodness.
  6. Pour the filling into the crust and refrigerate for at least two hours

Notes

You certainly want to store this pie in the refrigerator. However, it has a better texture for eating if it has had a chance to sit out for 10-15 minutes. It gives it a softer texture. Yum!

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

12

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 379Total Fat: 24gSaturated Fat: 14gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 103mgSodium: 207mgCarbohydrates: 40gFiber: 1gSugar: 32gProtein: 4g

All nutritional information is estimated and will depend on the exact ingredients you use.

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This pie is creamy, luscious, rich and popular every time I make it! Full of chocolaty french silk filling and topped with whipped cream, it is a favorite and so full of memories!

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