Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Chocolate Silk Pie for Pi Day



When I first texted my husband about pie for Pi Day, he responded, simply,"Chocolate Silk."

He claims I've made it before. I don't recall. And I don't see it on my blog, so it must have been pre-2010.

I did a quick internet search for "chocolate silk pie recipe" and came up a list of recipes that claimed silky richness, decadence, and the ultimate chocolate experience.
But, the one that caught my eye was the one that started with: "Ready for a Chocolate Orgasm?" Click here for Donna Diegel's French Silk Pie recipe I used as a jumping off point. I added some spices, added more chocolate, skipped the vanilla, and beat the egg whites for a more fluffy texture. I've seen recipes for Better-Than-Sex Chocolate Cake and now this; I wouldn't go that far, but it is a good pie.

1 baked pie crust
3/4 C butter, softened
1 C organic granulated sugar
1-1/2 C chipped dark chocolate
dash of ground cinnamon
dash of smoked paprika
2 large eggs, separated

Melt chocolate in a double boiler.

In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter at medium to high speed for about a minute. Add sugar and beat until light and fluffy. It must be mixed long enough so it is no longer gritty. [I kept asking Dylan, "Is is gritty?" Yes. "Dylan, is it still gritty?" Yes. When I looked in the bowl, it was light and fluffy. "Why did you say it was still gritty?" I don't know what gritty means. I just like using the mixer.]

Slowly add the melted chocolate and spices to the butter mixture, beating on low to medium speed until the chocolate is well-blended and mixture is smooth and creamy.

On medium speed, add the egg yolks one at a time, beating after each one before adding the next egg. In another mixing bowl, beat the egg whites until they form soft peaks.

Gently fold the egg whites into the chocolate mixture. Spread into baked pie crust. Let cool.

1 C organic heavy whipping cream
1/4 C organic granulated sugar
1/2 t ground cinnamon
Chocolate shavings for garnish

In large mixing bowl, beat cream until it begins to thicken.

Add sugar and cinnamon and beat until fluffy and stiff.

Spoon the cream onto the chilled pie. Sprinkle with chocolate shavings. We used ours to form a pi...for Pi Day!

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