Category Archives: Desserts

French Silk Pie

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



  • 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


  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.



Mom’s Chocolate Oil Cake

Chocolate Oil Cake

Cake Ingredients:

2 Cups of Flour

2 Cups of Sugar

3/4 Cup Powdered Bakers Cocoa

1 Teaspoon Baking Powder

1 Teaspoon Baking Soda

2 Eggs

1 Cup of Milk

1 Cup of Vegetable Oil (do not use substitute!)

1 Cup of Strong Black Coffee


Icing Ingredients:

1 Cup of Confectioners Sugar

1 Stick of Butter (softened)

1 Tablespoon of Vanilla

Milk to Moisten



1. Preheat oven to 350.

2. Mix dry ingredients together until well blended.

3. Add moist ingredients and mix well.

4. Pour into 13X9X2 greased and flowered pan.

5. Bake at 350 for 30-45 minutes, or until center is done.

6. Combine icing ingredients, adding milk to moisten, if needed.

7. Once cake is baked and cooled thoroughly, ice cake and serve!

8. Enjoy 😉



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