Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Carlia's Favorite Holiday Recipe {French Silk Pie}

this is my all-time favorite dessert! i make it every thanksgiving and christmas. it's a bit of work, because the entire thing is from scratch, but it's totally worth it...and it's guaranteed to impress even the in-laws!

*makes (1) 9-inch pie

crust:
8 tablespoons (1 stick) chilled salted butter, cut into pieces, plus more for pan
1/3 cup pecan halves
1- 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
¼ cup firmly packed light-brown sugar
¼ teaspoon salt

filling:
12 tablespoons (1- ½ sticks) salted butter, room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
3 ounces unsweetened chocolate, melted and cooled
1- ½ teaspoons pure vanilla extract
3 large eggs

whipped cream, for serving
chocolate curls, for serving

1. make the crust: preheat oven to 325°. butter a 9-inch pie plate; set aside. grind pecans in a food processor, or chop very finely with a knife. in a medium bowl, combine flour, pecans, sugar, and salt. cut in cold butter with a pastry cutter until mixture resembles coarse meal. press firmly into prepared pie plate. bake until golden, 20 to 25 minutes. transfer to a wire rack to cool.

2. make the filling: in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. with the vanilla. add eggs, on at a time, beating at medium speed for five minutes after each addition. blend in chocolate. pour filling into cooled pie crust. cover with plastic wrap, and transfer to the refrigerator to cool for at least 4 hours and up to overnight.

3. just before serving, top pie with whipped cream, and decorate with chocolate curls.
 
*note: raw eggs should not be used in food preparation for pregnant women, babies, young children, or anyone whose health is compromised.

8 comments:

mommyhoodafterfertilityfrustration said...

that sounds soooo Yummy!!! Have you ever done a graham cracker crust instead? My nephew has a nut allergy...Just wondering..

Domestic Bella said...

Yummy! One of my favorite pies and I don't have a recipe for it. Thank you for sharing!

Fiona aka DRMama said...

This looks heavenly!! I want it right now! Yum! :)

Sarah said...

Yum.

Maria said...

That looks and sounds incredible!!
Hope you and Mack are having a fabulous Thursday! Xoxox
Maria

Nate and Lori said...

Oh my goodness! I miss this pie almost as much as I miss you!!! Seriously. this pie is amazing. I might just need to make it this year in honor of you guys.

Leslie Jenkins said...

That looks so good!

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Roni Lowe said...

Ummm... Can we say Yummmm?! Trying this like... tomorrow!

Roni @ HomePayge Blog
www.thehomepayge.com

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