Tuesday, April 12, 2011

French Silk Pie

Every year at Thanksgiving I make pies for family and friends. The past few years I have done between 60 and 65 pies on the Tuesday and Wednesday before Thanksgiving.... and then cook dinner.

I get my love of baking from my grandmother, I think.  She once owned a small bakery run from her home and even into her 70's  baked pounds and pounds of cookies at Christmas.  

French Silk Pie is a favorite around here for those who don't like or cannot eat the fruit pies; it is simply chocolate deliciousness.  It does contain raw eggs, so if you are one who will not eat them,  you may want to look for something like a chocolate mousse pie.

I pie                                    2 pies                                               
1 c. butter                    2 cups butter                                        
1 ¼ c. sugar                  2 ½ cups sugar                                     
4 sq. chocolate            8 squares chocolate                           
4 eggs                           8 eggs                                                    
2 t. vanilla                    4 t. vanilla                                             
9 “ pie shell                 2 pie shells                                            

I use store-bought graham cracker crusts for these pies.  It can be made with a pre-baked, traditional crust.

Melt chocolate.  Allow to cool.
In mixer bowl, cream butter; gradually add sugar, creaming until light.
Blend in chocolate and vanilla.
Add eggs, one at a time, beating 3 minutes after each addition, on medium speed of electric mixer. (1 minute on a Kitchen Aid) 
Turn into pie shell.
Chill several hours. Garnish with whipped cream and chocolate curls, if desired.

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