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French Silk Pie

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Quick Facts

Servings: 8
Prep Time: 30 min.
Cook Time: 15 min.
Total: 45 min.
Garnish with whipped cream, toasted slivered almonds, and chocolate shavings.


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 tsp cream of tartar
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 Tbs water
  • 4 1 oz squares unsweetened chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 Graham cracker crumb crust or basic baked piecrust


  • Mix sugar and cream of tartar in medium saucepan. Add eggs and water; beat until well blended. Add chocolate; cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until chocolate is melted and temperature reaches 160°F. Do not allow to boil. Remove from heat immediately.
  • Cool quickly: Set pan in larger pan of ice water. Stir vigorously until temperature of mixture falls to 80°F to 90°F. Remove pan from ice water. Stir in vanilla.
  • Beat butter in mixer bowl on medium speed until light and fluffy, 3–4 minutes. Add cooled egg mixture; beat on high speed 4–5 minutes. Pour into pie shell. Refrigerate at least 6 hours before serving.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 449
  Calories from Fat 244 (54%)
(44%)Total Fat 29g
(71%)Saturated Fat 14g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 9g
(57%)Cholesterol 170mg
(8%)Sodium 201mg
(6%)Potassium 204mg
Total Carbohydrate 47g
(11%)Dietary Fiber 3g
Sugars 36g
Sugar Alcohols 0g
(14%)Protein 7g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Nutrition facts are calculated by a food expert using nutritional values provided by the USDA for common products used as recipe ingredients. Actual nutritional values may differ depending on the amounts or products used and can be affected by cooking methods.

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