This Classic Cherry Pie is summer at its best! This flakey, butter crust is perfectly paired with fresh cherries that are mixed with brown sugar, lemon juice and a vanilla. And then baked until the crust is golden brown and cherries are bubbling. This pie is truly the perfect summer pie.
The hardest question I’ve been asked lately has been, “What’s your favorite pie to make at Thanksgiving?!” THIS IS HARD FOR ME TO ANSWER. But, if I had to answer, I’d wince and say this Dark Chocolate Pecan Pie. Of course I love all pie but chocolate and pecans are a match-made in heaven. They’re meant for each other!
For this post, I teamed up with Karo® Corn Syrup which is my go-to ingredient for the silkiest smoothest pecan pie. It’s an essential ingredient in classic pecan pie because it prevents the crystallization of sugar. This is crucial when cooking all of these ingredients together.
The corn syrup isn’t overly sweet but I really love the dark chocolate because it balances the sweetness in the pie and gives a really complementary bitterness.
Let’s dive in!
How to Make a Dark Chocolate Pecan Pie
– For this recipe, you can use store-bought pie crust or homemade pie crust. I made my own. If you want more of an in-depth post, click here!
– Fit the pie crust into your pie dish and transfer it to the fridge.
– Whisk together the brown sugar, melted butter, Karo Light Corn Syrup, eggs, vanilla extract and salt.
Classic French Silk Pie that is so very chocolatey and smooth. This pie is a perfect make-ahead pie for summer or Thanksgiving. Topped with fluffy whipped cream and shavings of chocolate.
I posted this recipe for this French Silk Pie on The Instagram last Thanksgiving and realized I never properly posted the recipe here; you know, in real printable, easily-readable form. I like things to live here, too, especially given how Instagram captions can’t be rich-pinned and easily searchable. So here we are.
This pie is perfect for literally every time of year. If it’s summer and you don’t want to warm up the oven, you only have to do it for the crust. A very short amount of time!
If it’s the holidays or Thanksgiving, this is also a perfect pie. Not a ton of oven space? This is nearly a no-bake pie.
French Silk Pie Facts
- French silk pie is technically an icebox cake. It gets its name from it’s silky texture. Makes sense, right?
- Instead of being more of a pudding-like filling, this pie is more similar to a super light mousse.
- There is raw egg in this pie! The only big heads up you need to know about this pie is there is indeed raw egg in this dessert.
- When using raw eggs of any kind I always recommend opting for organic eggs or the best quality and freshest you can get your hands on. You know, for safety.
I don’t always bake with organic eggs but for something like this, it’s definitely my move.
French Silk Pie is The Perfect Make Ahead Dessert
This recipe for French Silk Pie truly is a great make-ahead recipe; something we’re all looking for when gatherings like summer parties or Thanksgiving/Friendsgiving get-togethers are in the future.
I like to keep it in the fridge with a piece of plastic wrap or parchment pressed to its surface. It’ll get a bit messed up when you remove the plastic wrap but you can definitely smooth it out again with a butter knife or off-set spatula.
How to Make French Silk Pie
- Start with the crust. What I love about this pie is that it uses a cookie crust, which is WAY easier than baking off traditional pie crust.
- Melt the chocolate. In a double-boiler, add the chopped chocolate to a bowl nestled on top of a saucepan filled with a few inches of water.
- Beat the other wet ingredients. Mix together the butter, sugar, vanilla extract and salt.
- Add the melted chocolate.
- Crack in the eggs. One at a time, add the eggs and keep beating the mixture until the mixture is super fluffy.
- Transfer the filling to the pie dish. Pour in the chocolate mixture into the baked off pie crust. And then transfer to the fridge to chill.
- Serve. Right before you’re ready to serve, make the whipped cream and add it to the top of the pie. I added the whipped cream to a piping bag to give a pretty effect. And then shaved on some chocolate using a vegetable peeler.
- 2 cups graham cracker crumbs
- Pinch of kosher salt
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
- 3 ounces milk or dark chocolate
- 12 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
- 3/4 cup white granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 3 large eggs
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1 ounces milk chocolate, for topping
To Make the Crust:
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place the crumbs and salt in a medium bowl. Pour in the butter and mix until the gingersnap crumbs are moist. Transfer to 14-inch x 5-inch tart pan, 9-inch tart pan or 9-inch pie dish. Press the crumbs firmly and evenly until they line the bottom and sides of the pan or dish. Bake until slightly darker in color and mostly firm to the touch, about 5 minutes. Allow the crust to cool completely before adding the filling.
To Make the Filling:
- In a double boiler (or a stainless steel bowl placed over a saucepan filled with a few inches of water), add the chopped chocolate. When mostly melted, remove from the heat and stir until smooth. Allow to cool slightly, about 5 minutes. Meanwhile, in the bowl of a stand-up mixer with the paddle attachment on, add the butter, sugar, vanilla extract and salt. Beat until smooth, about 2 to 3 minutes.
- Pour in the mostly cooled melted chocolate and beat until combined. And then add one egg, allowing it to beat for a full 5 minutes. And then add another egg and beat for an additional 5 minutes. Set a timer! During this time, the eggs will help the mixture double in volume and make it nice and fluffy. Add the last egg and beat for one last time for 5 minutes. Remove from the mixer and give it a mix manually just to make sure there aren’t any chocolate bits not combined.
- Transfer to the crust and spread into an even layer. Place in the fridge to chill for about 5 hours, until very chilled.
- When you’re ready to serve, add the heavy whipping cream and powdered sugar to a bowl of a stand-up mixer with the whisk attachment. Beat until light and fluffy, about 2 to 3 minutes. Add the top of the pie and garnish with shavings of Moser Roth Milk Chocolate.
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I gotta a new pie book in the mail and I LOVE IT! Immediately these Cheddar Rye Apple Hand Pies leaped out at me!
The world needs more pie, I think. Especially this week (and after last week) lol. Last year, I was in Chicago for work so I took a quick trip to Detroit to visit my brother who just moved there for a job. And while he was at work, I asked some of you for recommendations and the number one place you cute people told me to visit was Sister Pie. I was super excited. I jumped in his car (he lent me) and drove to Detroit. As I cruised around the city, I decided to drop in to Sister Pie.
The place is vibrant, warm and feels like a place that serves the community. Because I was so excited to be there AND because their case was jam-packed with baked goods, I ordered one of everything!