Addictive Chocolate Silk Pie

Written by Roar Elias

Chocolate silk pie is really a fitting name for this smooth as silk treat.

For someone who is addicted to chocolate and wants to break the habit, then you will most definitely not want to come across the most decadent chocolate silk pie.

Of course, there are worse thing that you could be addicted to out there, aren't there? Making one these for your better half is really going to do wonders for your relationship so it's definitely worthwhile. Because it's so easy to make, it may be a nice idea to teach your kids to do this as a surprise birthday present for their mom. It may be slightly rich for young kids so you will just have to tone it down more cream.

The chocolate silk pie is normally served with cream and this just adds to the flavors even more. There is an ongoing argument as to where it first originated so we won't go into that debate. It's funny how some of the most delightful and elegant treats are some of the simplest things to make. This is one of them so this is definitely a good reason to get started. Like with any dessert, you can adjust the ingredients and add some of your favorites to add some variety. A good chef always loves to play around with flavors and textures!

You can decide on what kind of pastry you want to line the bottom of the pan with, but traditionally graham crackers are the first choice. I have used pecans with a basic pastry filling, but it up to you how simple or complex you want to go with this dish.

You will also discover that the pie is best served at room temperature and there is nothing better than a slice of this pie when the weather is hot.

Here is the basic recipe:

Ingredients

Pastry:

  • 9 Tbsp butter
  • 1/3 cup pecans, chopped roughly
  • 1 1/3 cups cake flour
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Filling:

  • 12 Tbsp butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 oz (90g) plain chocolate
  • 3 large eggs

Directions

Pasry:

  1. Prehaeat oven to 180 degrees C / 350 degrees F / gas mark 5
  2. Grease a 9 inch pie dish
  3. Blend the pecans and combine with the sugar, flour and salt
  4. Cut in the butter.
  5. Press into the pie dish and bake for 20-25 minutes
  6. Transfer to a wire rack and allow to cool

Filling:

  1. Cream the butter and the sugar until light and fluffy.
  2. Gradually add the melted chocolate and the vanilla
  3. Add the eggs slowly and keep on beating.
  4. Pour the filling into the crust which should be cooled down by now.
  5. Cover this with plastic wrap and place it in the refrigerator for 4 hours or overnight for best results.

-Now you can whip the cream and use a spatula to spread it over evenly. It will look great if you decorate it with chocolate garnishes. You can use chocolate curls or shavings with a peeler. You can do this white chocolate or dark chocolate. Both look great. It just adds that final touch.

For a nice variation you could try using your favorite liqueur, such a Kahlua or Grand Marnier. Basically anything will work well, but just taste as you go along. It should basically just enhance the other flavors. Coffee is also another firm favorite. Just make a small espresso and mix it in.

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