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    French Silk Pie Recipe

    Published December 7, 2023. This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my disclosure policy.

    This tasty classic French silk pie recipe with chocolate filling and homemade crust is the perfect dessert. You will love the rich, decadent flavors in this amazing pie.

    Something about light, creamy desserts keeps me coming back for seconds. If you like the same kind of sweet treats, then try out my Buttermilk Chess Pie or Banana Pudding.

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    French Silk Pie

    French silk pie consists of a chilled chocolate mousse filling until set in a par-baked pie crust and topped with whipped cream. This American pie recipe was developed in the 1950s when Betty Cooper won with an ice box pie. It got its name from its smooth, silky mousse-like filling.

    There are a few variations to the pie, including using chocolate whipped cream as a topping or an Oreo cookie crust instead of pie dough. Watch the video below for intricate details on how to make this simple-to-prepare French Silk Pie.

    Ingredient and Substitutions

    • Pie Crust – I made a homemade pie crust with the addition of some sugar. Use my recipe, store-bought, or your favorite pie dough.
    • Cream – You will need heavy whipping cream for this pie. It cannot be substituted.
    • Butter – I use unsalted butter in all my cooking and baking to control the salt content instead of a butter company.
    • Vanilla – Any good vanilla extract will work in this pie.
    • Chocolate – I used semi-sweet chocolate bars, but chips will work also. In addition, if you like less sweet pies, you can use dark chocolate.
    • Sugar – Regular granulated sugar is all you’ll need.
    • Eggs – I used large chilled eggs. You can use room-temperature eggs. Please see my chef’s notes regarding raw eggs.

    How to Make French Silk Pie

    Add the flour, butter, salt, and sugar to a food processor and pulse on high speed while drizzling in the water until it becomes like a meal. Note: you may need a bit more water.

    adding water to a process with fat and flour

    Transfer the dough to a clean surface dusted with flour, knead to form a ball, and roll it out with a pin until it is 1/8 thick.

    rolling out pie dough

    Form the dough into a 9” pie pan, cutting off any excess and crimping the edges to make a ripple around the outside. Please place it in the freezer for 10 minutes to cool the fat.

    forming pie dough

    Add a piece of parchment paper over the pie crust, follow up 3 cups of dried beans, and parbake for 6 minutes at 450°.

    par-baking a pie crust

    Remove from the oven and cool completely in the refrigerator.

    par-baked pie crust

    Add the heavy cream and ½ cup of sugar to a standing mixer with the whisk attachment and whisk on high speed until stiff peaks have formed, about 3 to 5 minutes.

    whipped cream

    Set 1/3 of the whipped cream into a separate container, but chill the 1/3 and 2/3 in the refrigerator until it’s time to use it.

    adding whipped cream to a bowl

    Add the chocolate to a microwave-safe bowl and heat for 1 minute. Stir and return to the microwave for 30 seconds. Stir and return to the microwave for 30 more seconds. At this point, it should be melted. Cool to room temperature.

    melting chocolate

    Add the butter and sugar to a standing mixer with the paddle attachment and mix quickly until the butter becomes light and fluffy about 5 minutes.

    whipped butter

    Mix in the vanilla extract and chocolate.

    whipping chocolate

    Next, add 2 eggs and beat for 2 minutes before adding the other 2 eggs. Beat for a further 3-4 minutes or until smooth and fluffy.

    adding eggs to whipped chocolate

    Fold in the chilled 1/3 cup of whipped cream using a rubber spatula until mixed in.

    folding whipped cream into whipped chocolate

    Transfer the filling to the par-baked pie crust and smooth out using a spoon or spatula.

    adding chocolate filling to a pie

    Chill in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours.

    french silk pie on a sheet tray

    Top off with remaining chilled whipped cream and add an optional garnish of shaved chocolate.

    silk pie with whipped cream

    What About Raw Eggs in the French Silk Pie?

    There are raw eggs in the recipe, and while I can’t tell you it is 100% safe, we’ve never been sick. I always recommend buying organic eggs for recipes like this. In addition, several egg brands are pasteurized, like Davidson’s, which eliminates bacteria like Salmonella and other viruses in case you feel nervous about it.

    Another way to keep you safer would be to add the eggs one at a time until whisked into the hot melted chocolate, bringing them up to safer temperatures before adding to the whipped cream.

    Make-Ahead and Storage

    Make-Ahead: You can make this pie up to 3 days ahead of time while keeping it cool in the refrigerator before serving. I recommend not adding the whipped cream to the top until it is ready to be eaten.

    How to Store: You can keep the pie covered in plastic in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. This French silk pie will freeze and be covered for up to 3 months. Thaw it in the refrigerator for one day or until it is thawed.

    Chef Billy Parisi

    chef notes + tips

    • Any dried beans like lentils or kidney beans will work when parbaking.
    • You will have some leftover whipped cream.

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    French Silk Pie Recipe

    5 from 16 votes
    This tasty classic French silk pie recipe with chocolate filling and homemade crust is the perfect dessert.
    Servings: 12
    Prep Time: 45 minutes
    Cook Time: 6 minutes
    Cooling Time: 2 hours
    Total Time: 2 hours 51 minutes

    Ingredients 

    For the crust:

    • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
    • 1 stick of unsalted butter
    • pinch of sea salt
    • 2 teaspoons of sugar
    • ¼ cup of ice cold water

    For the Filling:

    • 3 cups of heavy whipping cream
    • ½ cup of sugar + 2/3 more
    • 1 cup of unsalted butter
    • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
    • 4 ounces semi-sweet chocolate
    • 4 large eggs

    Instructions

    For the Pie Crust:

    • Preheat the oven to 450°. If using convection, preheat it to 425°.
    • Add the flour, butter, salt, and sugar to a food processor and pulse on high speed while drizzling in the water until it becomes like a meal. Note: you may need a bit more water.
    • Transfer the dough to a clean surface dusted with flour, knead to form a ball, and then roll it out with a pin until it is 1/8 thick.
    • Form the dough into a 9” pie pan, cutting off any excess and crimping the edges to make a ripple around the outside.
    • Add a piece of parchment paper over the pie crust, pour some dried beans over the parchment paper, and par-bake for 6 to 8 minutes. The pie crust will not change much color but will become firm once cooled after baking.
    • Remove from the oven and cool completely to room temperature.

    For the Filling:

    • Add the heavy cream and ½ cup of sugar to a standing mixer with the whisk attachment and whisk on high speed until stiff peaks have formed, which takes about 3 to 5 minutes.
    • Set 1/3 of the whipped cream into a separate container, but chill both the 1/3 and 2/3 in the refrigerator until it’s time to use it.
    • Add the chocolate to a microwave-safe bowl and heat for 1 minute. Stir and return to the microwave for 30 seconds. Stir and return to the microwave for 30 more seconds. At this point, it should be melted. Cool slightly to room temperature, which only takes 4 to 5 minutes.
    • Add the butter and sugar to a standing mixer with the paddle attachment and mix on high speed until the butter becomes light and fluffy, which takes about 5 minutes.
    • Mix in the vanilla extract and then the melted chocolate.
    • Next, add 2 eggs and beat for 2 minutes before adding in the other 2 eggs. Beat for a further 3-4 minutes or until smooth and fluffy.
    • Fold in the chilled 1/3 cup of whipped cream using a rubber spatula until it has been mixed in.
    • Transfer the filling to the par-baked pie crust and smooth out using a spoon or spatula.
    • Chill in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours or until the pie has settled and is firm.
    • Top off with the remaining chilled whipped cream and add an optional garnish of shaved chocolate.

    Notes

    Make-Ahead: You can make this pie up to 3 days ahead of time while keeping it cool in the refrigerator before serving. I recommend not adding the whipped cream to the top until it is ready to be eaten.
    How to Store: You can keep the pie covered in plastic in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. This French silk pie will freeze and be covered for up to 3 months. Thaw it in the refrigerator for one day or until it is thawed.
    Any dried beans like lentils or kidney beans will work when parbaking.
    You will have some leftover whipped cream.
    Raw Eggs: There are raw eggs in the recipe, and while I can’t tell you it is 100% safe, we’ve never been sick.  I always recommend buying organic eggs for recipes like this. In addition, there are severable egg brands that are pasteurized, which kills off bacteria like Salmonella and other viruses in case you are feeling nervous about it. Another way to keep you safer would be to add the eggs one at a time until whisked into the hot melted chocolate, bringing them up to safer temperatures before adding to the whipped cream.
     

    Nutrition

    Calories: 509kcalCarbohydrates: 28gProtein: 5gFat: 43gSaturated Fat: 26gCholesterol: 177mgSodium: 181mgPotassium: 140mgFiber: 1gSugar: 13gVitamin A: 1431IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 60mgIron: 2mg
    Course: Dessert
    Cuisine: French