Homemade French Silk Pie (From Scratch)

This Homemade French Silk Pie is made completely from scratch! A flaky pie shell is filled with an irresistibly chocolatey cream filling and topped with homemade whipped cream!

The best part? It’s even more delicious than the infamous version from Village Inn {or Baker’s Square for my Midwest-dwelling friends}!

This Homemade French Silk Pie is made completely from scratch! A flaky pie shell is filled with an irresistibly chocolatey cream filling and topped with homemade whipped cream! The best part? It's even more delicious than the infamous version from Village Inn {or Baker's Square for my Midwest-dwelling friends}!

Hello and happy Monday! I’m Laura from JoyFoodSunshine I’m a wife, mom of four sweet kids, and a peanut butter and nap enthusiast! I’m so grateful to be here sharing this Homemade French Silk Pie recipe with all of you!

Growing up, Baker’s Square {or for my Utah friends, Village Inn} french silk pie was a dessert staple in our home! It always made an appearance at Thanksgiving, on my sister’s birthday, and on many other special occasions throughout the year. I truly thought there was no better pie in the universe….until I met my husband!

He told me that his mom made a Homemade French Silk Pie that was even better than the beloved chocolatey treat I grew up eating. My skepticism was sky high, but after I took my first bite I knew there was no turning back! This homemade version is is just as silky and smooth, but it packs a richer, deeper chocolate flavor and is not overly sweet!

This Homemade French Silk Pie is made completely from scratch! A flaky pie shell is filled with an irresistibly chocolatey cream filling and topped with homemade whipped cream! The best part? It's even more delicious than the infamous version from Village Inn {or Baker's Square for my Midwest-dwelling friends}!

My family generally eats pretty healthy at mealtime, but we love our dessert! I’m a firm believer that living a healthy lifestyle does not {and should not} involve depriving yourself of the foods that you love {because what’s life without chocolate right}?! So when I bake delicious sweet treats, like this Homemade French Silk Pie, I make sure to use whole, real-food ingredients that even my 6 year old can pronounce!

That means you won’t find any store-bought whipped topping or packaged pudding in this recipe! From the incredibly flaky pie crust to the fluffy whipped cream to the irresistibly chocolatey filling, you know exactly what you are feeding your family and friends! Plus, homemade always tastes better, don’t you agree?!

This Homemade French Silk Pie is one of my husband’s top 3 favorite desserts! Everyone who tries it asks ] for the recipe as they exclaim that it  absolutely is more tasty than any pie you could buy, even from a beloved restaurant!

This Homemade French Silk Pie is made completely from scratch! A flaky pie shell is filled with an irresistibly chocolatey cream filling and topped with homemade whipped cream! The best part? It's even more delicious than the infamous version from Village Inn {or Baker's Square for my Midwest-dwelling friends}!

Homemade French Silk Pie: Method 

Since we are making everything from scratch, the order of this recipe is important! It goes likes this…crust, cream, chocolate filling!

Start with the crust! 

The crust is the only component of this pie that needs to be baked, so it’s important that you make it first! Also, it needs to cool to room temperature before it gets filled and topped! If you’re in a hurry, you can put it in the refrigerator, freezer or outside on a cold day to speed up the cooling process!

Whip the cream in two separate “batches.” 

The filling calls for 1/2 cup of plain whipped cream without any added sugars or flavors, so you will need to whip that first and set it aside. Then make the whipped cream topping and set it aside in an airtight container in the refrigerator. I recommend doing this step before making the filling because it doesn’t matter if there’s a little cream residue on your mixing bowl since it’s already a component of the filling!

Beat the daylights out of the chocolate filling! 

To ensure a silky smooth chocolate filling you need beat the filling… a lot! The beating process ensures that the sugar dissolves and the butter and eggs become light and airy!

This Homemade French Silk Pie is made completely from scratch! A flaky pie shell is filled with an irresistibly chocolatey cream filling and topped with homemade whipped cream! The best part? It's even more delicious than the infamous version from Village Inn {or Baker's Square for my Midwest-dwelling friends}!

Homemade French Silk Pie: Substitutions

I’ma always asked about potential substitutions in my recipes {and I’m sure Carrian gets the same thing here in her corner of the world wide web}! So I thought I’d address a few ways to make this pie a touch simpler, however this recipe is most definitely the best when made exactly as written!

Crust: 

Feel free to use your favorite pie crust recipe or even use a store-bought crust to save time. I love the flakiness of all-shortening crusts, and it pairs very well this this light and fluffy Homemade French Silk Pie. However if you’re a sucker for the flavor of an all-butter pie crust, I have used 1/4 cup butter and 1/4 cup shortening with great results!

To make this pie gluten-free you can substitute gluten-free all purpose flour for the regular all-purpose flour in the crust. I have done this with great results!

Whipped topping: 

If you’re running short on time you can use store-bought whipped cream for the topping, however I really believe that homemade is always the best!

And that’s really it! I wouldn’t tamper with the filling at all, as it is a tried-and-true recipe that will not disappoint!

This Homemade French Silk Pie is made completely from scratch! This dessert recipes includes a flaky pie shell that is filled with an irresistibly chocolatey cream filling and topped with homemade whipped cream! The best part? It's even more delicious than the infamous version from Village Inn (or Baker's Square)

Homemade French Silk Pie from Scratch

This Homemade French Silk Pie is made completely from scratch! A flaky pie shell is filled with an irresistibly chocolatey cream filling and topped with homemade whipped cream!

Ingredients:

Crust:

1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
¼ tsp salt
1 TBS sugar
½ cup shortening, chilled
3-4 TBS ice water

Chocolate Filling:

½ cup white sugar
½ cup butter
2 oz unsweetened or semi-sweet chocolate, melted
1 tsp vanilla
Pinch of salt
2 eggs
½ cup whipping cream, whipped

Whipped topping:

1 cup whipping cream
3 TBS powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract

Directions:

Make the Crust:

Very lightly grease a 9” round pie plate, set aside.
Place the flour, salt, and sugar in a food processor fitted with an “S” blade and pulse to combine.
Add the butter and cold water and process until the mixture resembles a coarse meal, begins to stick together, and holds together when pinched.
Remove dough from processor (will be crumbly) and form into a ball.
Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes and up to one day (overnight).
After the dough has chilled, preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
Roll out dough on a well-floured surface or pastry cloth and shape it into your prepared pie plate.
Prick dough with a fork or add pie weights on top of the crust.
Bake for 10-12 minutes or until it just begins to brown. If any bubbles form, gently deflate them by pricking with a fork or sharp knife.
Set aside to cool. (You can set the crust in a cool place like the refrigerator to expedite the cooling process)!

Make the Topping/Whipped Cream for the filling:

Whip ½ cup whipping cream (for the filling) in a standing mixer fitted with the whisk attachment on high until stiff peaks form.
Transfer whipped cream to an airtight container and set-aside in the refrigerator.
Add 1 cup of whipping cream to the bowl of your standing mixer and mix on high until soft peaks form.
Add powdered sugar and vanilla and mix on high until stiff peaks form.
Transfer to another bowl and set aside in the refrigerator.

Make the Chocolate Filling:

Melt chocolate in the microwave or over a double boiler until smooth. Set aside to cool.
Cream butter and sugar with electric mixer for 3 minutes or until the sugar is dissolved and the mixture is light and fluffy.
Blend in cool chocolate, salt and vanilla.
Add eggs one at a time beating on medium speed for 2 minutes after each addition.
Fold in ½ cup whipping cream by hand.

Putting it together:

Evenly spread the chocolate filling into pastry crust.
Top with whipped topping.
Place in the refrigerator to chill for at least 2 hours or overnight!
Serve cold and enjoy!

Nutrition Information

Yield: 1 recipe, Serving Size: 1

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories: 4105 Calories
  • Total Fat: 313.7g
  • Cholesterol: 895.8mg
  • Carbohydrates: 302.6g
  • Fiber: 7.6g
  • Sugar: 177.5g
  • Protein: 36.8g
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This Homemade French Silk Pie is made completely from scratch! This dessert recipes includes a flaky pie shell that is filled with an irresistibly chocolatey cream filling and topped with homemade whipped cream! The best part? It's even more delicious than the infamous version from Village Inn (or Baker's Square)

If you’re still with me I want to thank you again for giving me the privilege of sharing this Homemade French Silk Pie recipe with all you!

I met Carrian a few months ago and I was so inspired by her! I’m grateful for the example she sets by making her family and her role as a wife and mother her top priority as she takes the time to share her life {and her delicious recipes} with the rest of us! I’m glad to know her and can’t wait to get to know all of you!

This Homemade French Silk Pie is made completely from scratch! This dessert recipes includes a flaky pie shell that is filled with an irresistibly chocolatey cream filling and topped with homemade whipped cream! The best part? It's even more delicious than the infamous version from Village Inn (or Baker's Square)

 

Laura from JoyfoodSunshine!

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