Monday, April 30, 2012

Three Bite Chocolate French Silk Pies


Three Bite Chocolate French Silk Pies


Although this is my fourth bite-size pie post (see Bite Size Banana Cream Pies, Bite Size Chocolate Cream Pies, & Bite-Size Coconut Cream Pies), I really think that this is where my original idea started.  It's just taken me this long to follow through.  I really love chocolate French silk pie.  The ingredients of the filling are simple: butter, sugar, chocolate, vanilla and eggs.  Raw eggs.  So proceed with caution.
For the cookie base, I wanted the challenge of making everything from scratch, but I really think that if you wanted to break open a package of Oreo cookies and scrape out the filling, they would work just as well.  Or if you're a traditional silk pie fan, you could use regular pie crust.  What I have below is actually adapted from my Swedish Cream Cookie recipe by replacing some of the flour with cocoa powder, and it really tastes good with the French silk pie filling.  Then again, that filling would probably taste good on dirt.  Do what works for you.
When making these, or any other French silk pie, make sure you use UNSALTED butter.  It makes a difference in the flavor.  For the cookie part, it doesn't matter so much, but with the filling it does.

Three (or One) Bite Chocolate French Silk Pies

WARNING: THIS RECIPE CALLS FOR RAW, UNCOOKED EGGS!

INGREDIENTS

Cookie (You can skip this part and just use the cookie parts of Oreos):
  • 1 cup salted butter
  • 1 1/2 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/3 cup cream
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar + 2 tablespoons cocoa powder (for dusting)
French Silk Pie Ingredients:
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, cool, but not hard
  • 1/3 cup white C & H sugar
  • 18 unwrapped Dove Dark Chocolate Promises (about 5 ounces)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 large eggs, cold
  • Stabilized whipped cream* (recipe below) or 1 cup heavy cream whipped with 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons chocolate sprinkles or shaved dark chocolate

INSTRUCTIONS
1. Mix flour, cocoa powder, salt, and baking powder in a medium bowl.  Cut 1 cup of the butter into the flour until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in the cream and form the dough into a ball. Divide dough into thirds, flatten into a rough disk about 1/2 inch thick, and wrap dough in plastic wrap.  Refrigerate for at least 1 hour. (Note: I do all of the mixing in my Kitchen Aid with the paddle attachment, and they turn out fine.  The original recipe calls for the cutting in of the butter.)
3. Dust a cutting board with the sugar/cocoa mixture.  (I like to roll my dough between two sheets of wax paper and dust that with the sugar/cocoa.) Roll dough out 1/8-inch thick and cut with a 2 " circle or flower cutter for three-bite pies, or 
1 1/2” circle or flower cutter for tiny pies.  Place circles/flowers on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Prick cookies three times with a fork.


4. Bake at 375°F for 10 minutes.  Cool on pan for 5- 10 minutes before removing carefully to a wire rack to cool completely.  (Be careful.  I dropped one on the floor and it shattered into powder.) 

5.  In a double boiler, melt Dove Promises about 2/3 of the way.  Remove top of double boiler and continue to stir until chocolate is completely melted.  Set aside to cool further.  I recommend cooling until the chocolate starts to thicken slightly so that it won't melt the butter.
6.  In a large bowl or in the bowl of a stand mixer with the wire whip attachment, cream butter.  Gradually add sugar, creaming well.  Blend in melted and cooled chocolate and vanilla.  Add eggs, one at a time, beating 4 minutes after each addition with mixer on medium speed.  
7. Transfer filling either to a pastry bag fitted with an open star tip or a large zip top bag that you will later cut 1/2 inch off the corner.  If the filling seems a bit loose and you don't trust that it will hold its shape and stay on the base, then refrigerate for about 10-15 minutes, or until you can pipe it and have it hold its shape.  If the filling seems firm, start piping onto cookie bases.  Refrigerate until firm, at least 30 minutes.
8. Top with whipped cream squeezed out of another pastry bag with open star tip or zip-top bag.  Top with sprinkles or shaved chocolate, if desired.  Refrigerate until ready to serve
Makes about 70 three-bite pies, OR about 120 one-bite pies (I think.  Don't hold me to that.)
Stabilized Whipped Cream Frosting
--adapted from cdkitchen

  • 1/2 tsp unflavored gelatin powder
  • 2 tbsp cold water
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • pinch salt
  • 2 tbsp confectioner's sugar
1. Sprinkle gelatin over cold water in small bowl to soften. 
2. Scald 2 tablespoon of the cream; pour over gelatin, stirring till dissolved.
3. Refrigerate until consistency of unbeaten egg white. (This takes about 10-15 minutes.) 
Then, with a whisk, beat until smooth. 

4. In a stand mixer with a whip attachment, or with a hand beater, whip remaining cream and sugar just until soft peaks form; whip in the smoothed gelatin mixture, stopping to scrape the bowl twice. You will probably only need to whip it another 10-20 seconds before it's done.
*A note about the stabilized whipped cream: this is really the way to go if you plan for these to last more than one day.  The two pictures at the top of this post were taken on the third day of these little pies' lives, and the whipped cream sill looks perfect.  Just saying.



One three biter and two one biters

11 comments:

  1. You can use pasturized eggs to prevent any concerns with salmonella. They are just like regular eggs but, the shell has been cleaned to prevent contamination when you break it. A little more difficult to find, but worth the effort!

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    1. I've heard of these pasteurized eggs, but I have yet to see them in a store. What if I were to just clean the egg shell myself? Just an idea. I've just been living dangerously.

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  2. this is such a great party food idea!

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  3. If you only use the whites and mix them with sugar that will take care of the salmonella.

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    1. Interesting... I didn't know that.

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    2. How many egg whites and how much sugar?

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    3. Hopefully Kimpossible will answer, but this was an interesting article I just found: http://whatscookingamerica.net/Q-A/EggPasturization.htm

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  4. These are so stinking cute! What a great idea. Love your photos.

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    1. Well, thanks, Patricia! :) I like these because they're cute AND they taste good.

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  5. What do you do with Oreos?

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    1. I'm not sure if you read the entire post or not, but you scrape out and discard the "cream filling" and use a single Oreo disc as the base of your three-bite pie. It becomes the crust. It will look different from what you see pictured, because I used the entire recipe that I have posted, including a homemade cookie crust for the pies. You either make the cookie crust OR you use Oreo cookie discs without the white "cream filling." I hope that makes sense. I'm not sure how else to explain it. :/

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