Introduction: French Silk Pie
This is a home made French silk pie.
For this pie you will need...
Either a pre made pie shell or a home made shell pre baked.
(I will include instructions on how to make the home made shell, it is easy)
For the Shell...
2 1/2 cups of all purpose flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup butter (cubed)
1/2 cup of ice water
For the filling...
4 oz. unsweetened bakers chocolate
6 0z. butter
7 oz. brown sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
For home made whipped cream...
8 oz. heavy whipping cream
1/2 - 3/4 cups granulated sugar
I am using a stand mixer to prepare this, a hand mixer will work too.
Step 1: Making the Pie Crust
To make the pie crust from scratch you will need...
2 1/2 c. all purpose flour
1/2 tsp. Salt
1 c. Butter, chilled and cut into small pieces
1/2 c. Ice Water
Make sure that every thing you use is as cold as possible. (flour and Salt excluded)
I mixed mine in a stand mixer with a paddle attachment,and I put the bowl and paddle in the freezer about 2 hours before I started.
The crust can be done by hand with a pastry blender or a fork and some patience.
Step 2: Mixing the Pie Shell
Combine flour and salt in bowl and mix, then add cut up butter piece by piece slowly increasing speed of mixer to 6 or medium high.
(you are trying to get the flour to stick to the dough more than mix completely)
When you reach an oatmeal consistency
very slowly (about a tablespoon at a time) add in ice water.
dough will form a ball.
Refridgerate for 15-20 minutes.
Take the pie dough out of the refrigerator and cut in half.
I suggest rolling it out between 2 pieces of wax or parchment paper.
Make a ball out of the first half of dough and set between 2 pieces of wax paper, press down a bit with your hand,
Using a rolling pin roll out into a 9" circle
Place dough in pie pan and press softly to get it to stay in place.
Bake in oven at 350 Degrees for 25 - 20 minutes.
Step 3: Making the Filling
You will need to set up a double boiler.
For this you will need a large opening pot like a sauce pot or small stock pot and a metal bowl that will rest in the opening.
Fill the pot with water untill it is about 1 inch below the bottom of the bowl.
While you are waiting for the water to boil,cream butter in mixer untill soft then add the brown sugar and vanilla extract untill mixed well, scrape sides of bowl down to ensure even mixing.
Once the water is boiling add your bowl with the bakers chocolate to the pot and stir continuously untill melted.
Remove chocolate from the boiler and add to mixer,once everything has mixed add eggs one at a time untill compleatly mixed in then add the next, make sure everthing is mexed very well and that's it!
It is optional but when I was done melting the bakers chocolate I melted some milk chocolate and painted the inside of the pie shell with it (it makes it extra yummy!)
Fill the pie shell with filling and refrigerate until it sets up (it will just firm a bit)
Step 4: Making Whipped Cream
So this could not be easier.
Add 1 cup of heavy cream to stand mixer with whip attachment,add sugar and turn on pretty high, like speed 6 or 8.
The cream will start to form peaks (you are looking for fairly firm peaks) and then you are done.
Put a large star tip into piping bag fill with whipped cream,
and decorate away!
Thats it your done, now enjoy!
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