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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.

      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.

mixer bowl filled with creamy chocolate pie filling

      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?

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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American
Yield: 12 Servings
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French Silk Pie

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!
Prep time: 2 H & 20 MCook time: 15 MTotal time: 2 H & 35 M

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!
Calories
379.14
Fat (grams)
24.15
Sat. Fat (grams)
13.54
Carbs (grams)
39.76
Fiber (grams)
1.09
Net carbs
38.68
Sugar (grams)
31.89
Protein (grams)
3.61
Sodium (milligrams)
207.21
Cholesterol (grams)
103.18
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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!

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Friday 1st of February 2019

Love the family photo and story, Carlee! I have a friend who loves French Silk Pie, so I'll pass this along to her. #Celebrate365

Carlee

Tuesday 12th of February 2019

Thank you and I hope she loves it!

Frugal Hausfrau

Friday 23rd of February 2018

Oh Carlee, one of my fave pies, and my son is wild about it! My recipe's close, and uses the four eggs, too! Gorgeous pics, too!

Carlee

Saturday 24th of February 2018

Thank you! My husband is still talking about this one!

Miz Helen

Thursday 8th of February 2018

Congratulations! Your post is featured on Full Plate Thursday this week and I just pinned it! Thanks so much for sharing with us and hope you will come back soon! Miz Helen

Carlee

Saturday 10th of February 2018

Thank you so much!

juliepollitt

Wednesday 7th of February 2018

I could eat a lot of this! Looks delish!!

Carlee

Saturday 10th of February 2018

Thank you!

Big Rigs 'n Lil' Cookies

Wednesday 7th of February 2018

Oh, if there is one pie I have amazing memories of it is French Silk Pie from Bakers Square! Always at the family gatherings. I wonder if Bakers Square still serves it? And if it's as good as we remember!?

Carlee

Saturday 10th of February 2018

I think we should get one and see if it is! We don't have any Bakers Squares nearby, but there has to be one between your house and mine. Let's meet there!