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. My first guess was always french silk! 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. Believe me, what is in the bowl is good enough it is almost worth getting sick over!
French Silk Pie
3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup softened butter
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
- Pre-bake your pie crust according to recipe directions and cool.
- Melt chocolate chips and then set aside to cool
- Place room temperature butter into stand mixer bowl. Using the whisk attachment, incorporate the sugar and vanilla until smooth.
- Make sure the chocolate is cooled but not hardened, then add to the butter. Beat until combined.
- 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. By the end you will have a light and fluffy, smooth and creamy chocolaty pillow of goodness.
- Pour the filling into the crust and refrigerate for at least two hours
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!
And now, since this is a family blog... I thought I might share a little history about Great-Grandpa Buchsbaum. Here is an excerpt from a paper I wrote in college:
He was named Emanuel because his mother felt he was "a gift from God" and his middle name was Valentine because he was born on February 14th. He graduated from high school at the age of 16 and enrolled in the Armour Institute of Technology (now the Illinois Institute of Technology). He wanted to be an engineer, but his father told him that he "looked like an architect" and proclaimed that is what he should be. He graduated near the top of his class, but was only 20 and not yet old enough to hold a license to practice architecture. Instead he became the assistant to Harold Zook, the famous architect who designed many award winning Chicago-area buildings. Later, when he was old enough to practice by himself, he was named the First Architect of the Chicago park district and was involved in many projects including the band shell used for the World Fair of 1933.
Emanuel was "tall, dark and handsome with a nice mustache." He was already doing well for himself as an architect when he met Peggy Smith. She was "a very pretty blonde, who looked like a movie star." It was not easy for "Buck" and Peggy to get their relationship started. After all, he was ten years older than she and Jewish. Peggy was Roman Catholic and not much over 16 years old. Peggy's brother Sid introduced Buck to his parents as his good friend hoping to make things easier on the couple. Her family did not see the difference in religion as much of a problem. The Buchsbaums, however, were not supportive of the relationship. After dating for almost a year, they got married. Peggy had graduated from high school and had just turned 17. They went to the Justice of the Peace to be married. Knowing that he would ask her age, and not wanting to lie, she put the number 18 inside her shoe so that she could honestly say she was "over 18." The coupled liked to joke that they were married three times because they eloped and then had their marriage blessed by a Rabbi and a Catholic Priest.
Emmanuel build Peggy a house in Flossmoor, IL. It was the first house in Flossmoor to have an outdoor swimming pool. They had four children whom they raised in the Catholic faith. Buck went to all of the major events at church so they could go as a family. The family did not closely observe any Jewish traditions, but did attend at least one Passover Seder dinner. Though it was abnormal for anyone in their Jewish community to marry outside the religion, the Buchsbaums accepted Peggy lovingly. She was called the best wife in the family and their marriage was compared to the radio program "Abie's Irish Rose," a popular radio program of that era. My Maw-Maw, Joanne, was the oldest of their children. She was nicknamed "Jackie" (a name she still goes by) because her father so badly wanted a boy.
Great-Grandma, Barbara, Maw-Maw and Great-Grandpa Buchsbaum
My Great-Grandpa buck had quite the life!