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Sunday, January 28, 2018

French Silk Pie

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!



    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.

My great-grandma Peggy, great aunt Barbara, my Maw-Maw and great-grandpa Buck

    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!



      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.


      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.


      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

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: 30 MINScook time: 15 MINStotal time: 45 mins

ingredients:


  • pie crust
  • 3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup softened butter
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 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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Shared at The Weekend Potluck and Meal Plan Monday

58 comments:

  1. It was so nice to read the stories about my grandpa Bucks. He and my grandma were a true love story. I'm sure the pie was almost as sweet as they were. I'm glad your siblings will have this to read also.

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  2. This looks YUMMY! I've pinned to give it a try. Love the photo, what a treasure!
    Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY.
    Blessings,
    Cindy

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    1. Thank you, it is certainly worth a try. It was a lot of fun to relive some good childhood memories and brush up on some family history.

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  3. Matt was still talking about this today! He usually isn't that into sweets, so that is really sayings something.

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  4. Stopping by from Sunday's Best. I'm wishing I had a piece of this pie. I just ate and it has made me hungry all over again. I'm not a pie baker, but if I did bake pies this would be at the top of my list. Please linkup up more of these delicious recipes.

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    1. Thank you, it was a lot of fun to make. If you can blind bake a crust, you can make this pie!

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  5. What a great story and an amazing looking pie. I want to make this right now. I will be making this the next time I am crazy a dessert. Thank you for stopping by Sunday's Best. Please come back and join us again next week.

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    1. Thank you! My great-grandparents had a fun story. It was nice to have a chance to bring back some really good childhood memories!

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  6. Just put this into the fridge to chill :) It looks delicious and the texture is great.

    I was under the impression all eggs at the grocery store were pasteurized and you couldn't get sick from them, but reading up on it, is there is still a small chance of salmonella ? I will be sure to try this way ahead of time before anybody else does just to make sure.

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    1. I hope you love it! You can get pasteurized eggs, but not all are. I've never been one to shy away from licking the bowl, so it was a chance I was willing to take. Let me know how it goes!

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  7. What a beautiful memory and story and what a delicious looking pie. We have something similar in our family and it's my favorite holiday pie to eat. Have a great day! Stopping by from the linkup.

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    1. It's fun to have fun memories and traditions tied to delicious food. Now I am curious what pie is your families favorite!

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  8. Wonderful family story, and this pie looks amazing!

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    1. Thank you! I am still a sucker for French Silk. Maybe it is because of the fun memories (and also at least partly because chocolate!)

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  9. Great post Carlee, and I love your family story behind this french silk pie. Thanks for sharing it with us this week at the Throwback Thursday link party!

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    1. It is one of my favorite memories with my Great-Grandpa! Thanks!

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  10. Oh my goodness, does this ever look amazing! I'd want two slices too...but I guess I'd have to be the one who guessed right first!!!

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    1. Yep! You have to be the first one to guess! Thank you

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  11. My parents had a putting green in the backyard! They loved golf! Fabulous pie. For those who are concerned about raw eggs, there's always pasteurized, right? =)

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    1. My grandparents do too! Now they just live in a golf community so they don't have to maintain their own green. Thanks, Karen!

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  12. This looks and sounds absolutely delicious Carlee. I almost never make pie, but this one is going to be made next time I have company!

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    1. I don't make pies often either, I'm not good at pretty crusts! But this one is always at the top of my list!

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  13. I used to love Baker's Square Chocolate Silk Pie. Thanks for bringing back pleasant memories and sharing yours with us.

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    1. Aren't they the best? Thanks, Wendy!

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  14. What a great post...love the family tie-in! Thanks for sharing. I'll be trying this ASAP.

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  15. I love chocolate so this could easily become one of my favorite desserts!

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    1. Me too! I am always happy to try chocolate recipes <3

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  16. What an amazing family photo---a treasure! French silk pie reminds me of my dad---he claimed not to be a fan of dessert, but would always go back for seconds of this pie!

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    1. My husband is the same way. He claims to not have a sweet tooth, but happily ate a slice the day I made it and jumped up the second he heard there was only one slice left the next day. He was not going to let anyone else get it! Thanks, Liz!

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  17. I love that family photo, Carlee! Don't you wish to be able to travel back in time and peek into their lives for just a minute? Is that your great aunt or great great aunt?
    On the other note, I want to plop my face into that pie. LOL

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    1. Thanks, Jas! You are right, it is my great-aunt. All those greats got away from me ;-) It would be really interesting to travel back. The stories I know of my great-grandparents are so endearing <3

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  18. That vintage photo is one to treasure. How wonderful you knew your great grandparents. Your pie looks so creamy and delicious. I'd love a slice or two.

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    1. I was lucky enough to have 4 great-grandparents that I got to know pretty well. Little Dude has 5 and hopefully they will have plenty of time to make memories as well.

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  19. Love recipes from childhood! Brings good memories!  

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    1. Me too! It is amazing how they transport you right back!

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  20. Hi Carlee, I love reading about your childhood memories and the fact that've been created around food. Like you I've never overly worried about eating raw eggs, but licking the bowl just to be sure is very clever and a move I may just have to copy... I've never heard of French silk pie before, it sounds good. Will be trying this in the future too.

    xx

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    1. Our family gatherings have kind of always revolved around food... a tradition I suppose I am carrying on! Thanks, Deb!

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  21. Great recipe. I especially love the story! Wonderful photo of your family, they are quite a good looking bunch! Pie looks amazing!

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  22. This pie looks super delicious, would love to give it a try!

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  23. I love the picture of your family. Isn't it wonderful how different foods bring back memories? My grandparents had a toy closet that I loved to take toys from and play with. I loved the puzzles. There were only 2 but I loved both of them. They had a wonderful big back yard, but no putting green! Your French Silk Pie looks and sounds delicious. I put a French Silk Pie on our blog back in November and it did really well, but the eggs in mine were cooked. It will be interesting to try your recipe and see the difference. Thank you for sharing.

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    1. I'll have to check yours out as well! It is funny how certain foods automatically take you back to another place and time. This is one of those foods for me!

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  24. 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!?

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    1. 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!

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

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  26. 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

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  27. 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!

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

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