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French Silk Pie

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
  • Total Time
    Prep: 40 min. Cook: 10 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 1 sheet refrigerated pie crust
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 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


  • 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 edges.
  • Line shell 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.
  • 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.
  • In a small bowl, cream butter until light and fluffy. Add cooled chocolate mixture; beat on high speed until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes.
  • In another large bowl, beat cream until it begins to thicken. Add confectioners' sugar; beat until stiff peaks form. Fold into chocolate mixture.
  • Pour into crust. Chill for at least 6 hours before serving. Garnish with whipped cream and chocolate curls if desired. Refrigerate leftovers.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 450 calories, 33g fat (19g saturated fat), 139mg cholesterol, 223mg sodium, 38g carbohydrate (24g sugars, 1g fiber), 5g protein.


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  • April
    Nov 25, 2020

    I just finished making this pie. I followed the recipe to the letter. The filling is delicious and the directions and video are excellent. I wanted to practice making this tonight because tomorrow I’m making another one with my grandkids. I read about 7 different recipes before choosing this one and I made a great choice! This will be the only one I’ll use in the future. I made a Graham cracker crust because the grandkids like it more. But either one is perfectly delicious!

  • robbrd
    Oct 29, 2020

    I made the first time as directed. The second time I made my own pie crust as I don't enjoy refrigerated dough. I would have used a pie crust from the freezer section but they didn't have any in stock. It is a good, rich pie.

  • Ryanne
    Aug 5, 2020

    I cant wait to make this pie recipe! It seems so easy too! I just hope it works out okay because this is only my 5th time I have baked. 3 out of 5 times it didnt work. But I know this one will!

  • Evelyn
    Jun 3, 2020

    I made this for Thanksgiving and to make it super rich I used a pre-made walnut chocolate crust. It was sooooooo delicious!!!!

  • Holly
    Mar 21, 2020

    Great pie! Would recommend.

  • 302harrison
    Nov 23, 2018

    My daughter made this for Thanksgiving, and it was the only one of the four different pies to be all eaten. A huge hit! She is making another one now for the leftovers feast.

  • Margaret
    Apr 30, 2018

    Delicious - made it with graham crackers crust!

  • RhondaReistad
    Nov 22, 2017

    It is a very time consuming but excellent recipe.

  • camimbw
    Sep 7, 2017

    Love Love Love this recipe. I was a little nervous about trying a new recipe for a birthday party, but it was worth the effort. It isn't difficult to make, and is absolutely delicious. I used a regular pie crust, but the next time I want to try either a shortbread crust or graham cracker. It gets all five stars and would get more if they were available. Thank you for sharing the recipe..

  • Jennifer
    Mar 30, 2017

    I would give this 10 stars if I could!!! Awesome pie! I put mine in a graham cracker crust and it was incredible.