French Silk Pie

  • Serves

    serves 8


This dreamy chocolate pie is a customer favorite at the Country Dove restaurant in Elk City, Oklahoma. This recipe first appeared in the iPad edition of our August/September 2013 Heartland issue with Jane and Michael Stern's article Glory Road.


For the Crust

  • 8 tbsp. unsalted butter, cut into 1" pieces
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup finely chopped pecans

For the Filling and Topping

  • 12 tbsp. unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 13 cups plus 2 tbsp. sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 oz. unsweetened chocolate, melted and cooled
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • Chocolate shavings, for garnish


Step 1

Make the crust: Heat oven to 350°. Pulse butter, flour, and pecans in a food processor until ingredients form a dough. Press dough evenly into the bottom and sides of a 10" pie plate. Bake until crust is golden, 20–25 minutes. Set aside to cool.

Step 2

Make the filling: Using an electric hand mixer, beat butter and 1 1⁄3 cups sugar in a bowl until pale and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating 1–2 minutes after each egg. Add 2 tsp. vanilla and melted, cooled chocolate; beat until smooth. Pour filling into crust; refrigerate until set, about 2 hours.

Step 3

Make the topping: Using a hand mixer, beat cream until soft peaks form, 1–2 minutes. With the mixer on, slowly add 2 tbsp. sugar and 1 tsp. vanilla; continue to beat until stiff peaks form, about 1 minute more. Spread whipped cream over pie and garnish with chocolate shavings.

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