Double Chocolate French Silk Pie
This double chocolate French silk pie is a chocolate lover’s dream. It has a chocolate pie crust, rich & silky chocolate filling, and of course, lots of freshly whipped cream!
When it comes to pie, I absolutely adore fruit-filled ones, however, my husband is all about coconut, chocolate or banana cream. This fall I wanted to make him something he’d really enjoy, so chocolate it was! French silk pie can either be extremely simple or overly time consuming. This recipe is somewhere in between.
To start, you’ll make a from-scratch chocolate pie crust. I used a food processor which made the process quick & easy, however, you can do the old-fashioned pastry blender method too… either way works. Blind bake the pie crust, then let it cool completely. This will ensure that the crust stays tender and flaky. While the pie crust is cooling, you’ll want to make the filling. I grabbed some eggs, heavy cream and bittersweet chocolate from Harmons Grocery. They have a great selection of baking chocolates and artisan chocolates, all of which would be ideal for this filling.
Since I’m not a huge fan of raw eggs in pie (especially when kids are eating it), I decided to cook the eggs over a water bath until they reached a safe temperature of 160 degrees. It’s a bit time consuming, but definitely worth it in my opinion. Plus it creates a custard-like texture, which I loved! Mix in the melted chocolate, let it cool, then fold in the chocolate whipped cream.
Spread the filling into the cooled crust and pop it into the refrigerator to set. I’d suggest giving it at least 2 hours to firm up, however, 4 is ideal.
When you’re ready to serve the pie, add some freshly whipped cream to the top and sprinkle with chocolate shavings or curls. Slice it up and watch it disappear in no time!
This double chocolate french silk pie is going to be a holiday tradition at our house. It’s rich, decadent and a huge crowd-pleaser!
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- For the chocolate crust:
- 1 c. + 2 tbsp. all-purpose flour
- 3 tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
- 2 tbsp. granulated sugar
- ½ tsp. kosher sea salt
- ½ c. (1 stick) cold unsalted butter, cut into chunks
- 3-4 tbsp. ice cold water
- ¼ tsp. vanilla extract
- For the chocolate filling:
- 8 oz. semisweet chocolate, melted and cooled*
- 4 eggs
- 1 ½ c. powdered sugar
- 1 c. (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
- 1 ½ c. heavy whipping cream
- ¼ c. cocoa powder
- ¼ c. powdered sugar
- 2 tsp. vanilla extract
- For the topping:
- 1½ cups heavy whipping cream
- ¼ c. powdered sugar
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- Chocolate shavings or curls (optional)
- To make the crust: combine the flour, cocoa power, sugar, and salt into a food processor. Pulse until for 15 seconds then stop. Add the cubed butter and pulse until crumbs form. Add one tablespoon of water at a time, pulsing after each addition until clumps form that resemble coarse wet sand.
- Form into a disc on a sheet of plastic wrap, wrap and freeze for 20 minutes.
- Place a baking sheet in the oven. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough out evenly into a 12-inch circle. Carefully roll the dough around your rolling pin and carefully lay it over either a 9-inch pie plate. Trim the edges and leave an 1-inch overhang. Fold the overhang underneath to form a rim, then crimp with your fingertips.
- Line pie crust with parchment paper and fill with pie weights (dry rice or beans). Bake for 16-18 minutes, then remove the pie weights and parchment. Gently dock the bottom of the crust with a fork and return to the oven to bake for 5-10 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely.
- To make the filling: double boiler or a medium heatproof bowl, beat together 4 eggs and 1 ½ cups powdered sugar until light. Set the bowl over a saucepan of simmering water and cook the mixture, whisking constantly, until thick (and until it reaches 160 degrees), about 10 minutes.
- Remove from the heat, set aside and allow to cool for 3-4 minutes before whisking in the warm melted chocolate. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 20 minutes.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer or a large mixing bowl with a hand mixer, beat the butter until light and fluffy. Add the cooled chocolate egg mixture and beat until smooth.
- In a separate bowl, beat the heavy cream, cocoa powder, powdered sugar and vanilla extract on high until stiff peaks form. Fold the whipped cream into chocolate mixture and pour into the cooled pie crust (make sure it's completely cool). Using an offset spatula, smooth the top. Place in the refrigerator to set for at least 2 hours.
- Before serving, prepare the topping. In the bowl of a stand mixer or a large mixing bowl, beat the heavy cream, powdered sugar and vanilla extract on high until stiff peaks form. Spread over the top of the chilled pie or pipe on. Sprinkle with chocolate shavings or curls, if desired.
Recipe source: Life Made Simple
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