French Silk Pie

Total Time

Prep: 40 min. Cook: 10 min. + chilling


6 servings

Updated: Jun. 30, 2023
I first made French silk pie when I was in high school. Years later, I tinkered with the recipe until I was happy with it. Now it’s one of my husband's favorites. —Lisa Francis, Elba, Alabama


  • 1 sheet refrigerated pie crust
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 teaspoons confectioners' sugar
  • Optional: Whipped cream and chocolate curls


  1. Cut pie crust in half. Repackage and refrigerate 1 half for another use. On a lightly floured surface, roll out remaining half into an 8-in. circle. Transfer to a 7-in. pie plate; flute edge.
  2. Line crust with a double thickness of heavy-duty foil. Bake at 450° for 4 minutes. Remove foil; bake until crust is golden brown, about 2 minutes longer. Cool on a wire rack.
  3. In a small saucepan, combine sugar and eggs until well blended. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until mixture reaches 160° and coats the back of a metal spoon. Remove from the heat. Stir in chocolate and vanilla until smooth. Cool to lukewarm (90°), stirring occasionally.
  4. In a small bowl, cream butter until light and fluffy, 3-4 minutes. Add cooled chocolate mixture; beat on high speed until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes.
  5. In another large bowl, beat cream until it begins to thicken. Add confectioners' sugar; beat until stiff peaks form. Fold into chocolate mixture.
  6. Pour into crust. Chill for at least 6 hours before serving. Garnish with whipped cream and chocolate curls if desired. Refrigerate leftovers.

French Silk Pie Tips

Why is it called French silk pie?

While the name implies otherwise, French silk pie was an American creation. The name refers to the light and smooth texture that leaves a silky rich feeling in the mouth.

How long does French silk pie last?

French silk pie will last for 3 to 4 days covered in the fridge.

How do I make pie pastry from scratch?

If you prefer to skip the store-bought pie crust and make pie pastry from scratch, this Classic Butter Pie Pastry is a good place to start. Once you've mastered the basics, try these recipes that use homemade pie crust.

Research contributed by Maggie Knoebel, Taste of Home Culinary Assistant

Nutrition Facts

1 piece: 450 calories, 33g fat (19g saturated fat), 139mg cholesterol, 223mg sodium, 38g carbohydrate (24g sugars, 1g fiber), 5g protein.