French Silk Pie

In honor of national Pi day, here is a delectable recipe for its edible equivalent.

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Ingredients:

  • 30 chocolate wafers
  • 2 tablespoon(s) chopped pitted dates
  • 2 tablespoon(s) water
  • 1 tablespoon(s) canola oil
  • 1 tablespoon(s) brewed coffee
  • 1 tablespoon(s) water
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon(s) unflavored gelatin
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup(s) 1% milk
  • 8 tablespoon(s) packed light brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup(s) unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 ounce(s) bittersweet (not unsweetened) chocolate
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon(s) vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoon(s) dried egg whites
  • 1/2 teaspoon(s) cream of tartar
  • Chocolate shavings

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 325°F. Coat a 9-inch pie pan with cooking spray.
  2. To prepare crust: Combine chocolate wafers and dates in a food processor; process until finely chopped. Add water and oil and process until moistened. Press into the bottom and sides of the prepared pan.
  3. Bake the crust until crisp, about 10 minutes. Cool completely on a wire rack.
  4. To prepare filling and garnish: Combine coffee and water in a small bowl. Sprinkle gelatin on top and set aside to soften.
  5. Whisk egg, milk, 3 tablespoons brown sugar, and cocoa in a small saucepan until smooth. Cook over low heat, whisking constantly, until thickened and an instant-read thermometer registers 160°F, 5 to 7 minutes. Do not let the mixture come to a simmer. Remove from the heat. Add the reserved gelatin mixture; stir until dissolved. Add chocolate and vanilla, stirring until melted. Set aside to cool to room temperature, about 30 minutes.
  6. Place egg whites and cream of tartar in a large bowl. Beat with an electric mixer on low speed until frothy. Increase speed to high and beat until soft peaks form. Gradually add the remaining 5 tablespoons brown sugar, beating until the meringue is smooth and glossy.
  7. Whisk one-fourth of the meringue into the chocolate mixture until smooth. Scrape chocolate mixture into the remaining meringue and use a whisk to incorporate it with a folding motion. Spoon into the crust and chill, uncovered, until set, about 3 hours.
  8. If desired, garnish with chocolate shavings before serving.

 

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About Lowvee Cole

Bonsoir! I'm Lowvee Cole: musician, author, and closet chef. I've been making beats, telling tales, and vandalizing kitchens since Cindy Crawford's mole got its first editorial feature. Recently, I combined my fondness for storytelling and witchcraft to pen the first book in my five-part YA fantasy series, Boundless Magick. Now I can't seem to pry myself away from my keyboard without feeling that I've left a bit of my soul behind. When not composing music or penning the swarm of novel ideas buzzing around in my head, I enjoy reading, drawing, and glamping (glamor camping) with my husband and children. If you are a blogger, newspaper, or magazine interested in doing a feature on me, drop me a line. I would love to hear from you! View all posts by Lowvee Cole

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