Family Trips to Des Moines
My mom loved to shop. It must be genetic. A few weekends a year, the family would pile in our Plymouth Satellite station wagon, without a radio or even seat belts, and drive the 30+ miles to the big metropolis of Des Moines, Iowa for a little retail therapy. My parents would often arrange a detour through the art museum in hopes some culture would rub off, then trek to Pier One along with whatever else my mom had on her shopping list. Occasionally we’d return home with a massive box of Sara Lee danish or new tops from the sale racks of the downtown Younkers, but our favorite stop was for a slice of pie before we set out for home. I used to gravitate towards Dutch apple, until I had my first bite of French silk pie. That chocolate number topped them all.
Homemade Classic French Silk Pie
Watching the original Martha Stewart cooking show, I became totally engaged when I saw her prepare a French silk pie. Made with butter, sugar, eggs, chocolate, and vanilla, it was pure heaven. Slices are topped with whipped cream, and I can’t resist adding chocolate curls or shavings as a garnish. Note that the eggs are not cooked so use pasteurized eggs if serving to young children or the elderly. Otherwise, you should be OK using good quality organic pasture raised eggs, but make sure you are well aware of the risk of salmonella.
Choctoberfest and Giveaway!
Today is the third day of #Choctoberfest!
#Choctoberfest is a virtual event put together by The PinterTest Kitchen. Bloggers from around the world will be posting their favorite chocolate recipes, and you’ll get a chance to win some awesome prizes. What’s not to love?
Here’s what this event is all about!
#Choctoberfest would not be possible without our sponsors, starting with our 2015 Gold Sponsor, Imperial Sugar. Imperial Sugar has been a trusted name in family kitchens since 1843. Their sugar products and sweeteners are made from non-GMO cane sugar and ensure consistently delicious results. We’ll be using Imperial Sugar whenever we use sugar in our recipes this week, and can’t wait to share the sweetness with you!
You can find Imperial Sugar on Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and more. Make sure you visit the recipes section of their website for some sweet inspiration, and you can also find coupons on their website if you want to try out Imperial Sugar yourself.
Imperial Sugar and our other sponsors have banded together to contribute some awesome prizes for our #Choctoberfest giveaway! Entering is simple – just click below to follow us on Pinterest. Here’s what you could win:
- Granulated Sugar from Imperial Sugar
- Chocolate Mint Essential Woman Omega Swirl and Chocolate Silk Greens from Barlean’s
- Chocolate bars (dark, milk, and white) from Lindt Chocolate
- Hemp seed prize pack (hulled hemp seed, toasted hemp seed, hemp seed oil, and hemp protein powder) from Just Hemp Foods
- Divine Chocolate gift set (15 flavors of chocolate bars!) from Divine Chocolate
- Dark chocolate caramels from Tahana Confections
- Vintage inspired gathering apron from Bless This Mess
- Lulu’s Lovepack (6 flavors of chocolate bars!) from Lulu’s Chocolate
- Pure Chocolate Lovers Supreme gift box from Pearson Farm
We also have a nonprofit sponsor this year – Rescue Chocolate! They make vegan chocolate treats and donate 100% of their proceeds to animal shelters.
Enter now to win the #Choctoberfest prize. Hurry, because we’re picking the winner on October 12 at 8:00 AM, so if you don’t sign up before then, you’ll miss your chance!
The Rafflecoptor to enter the giveaway is on Monday’s post, Ganache Topped Caramel Bars. Pop over for your chance to win. Good luck!!!
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- 1 baked 9-inch pastry shell, cooled
- 12 tablespoons (1 ½ sticks) butter, at room temperature
- 1 cup Imperial brand granulated sugar
- 3 ounces unsweetened chocolate, melted and cooled
- 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
- 3 large eggs
- 1 cup heavy whipping cream
- 1 package Whip-It (optional)
- Chocolate curls or shavings, to garnish if desired
- In the bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, cream butter and sugar for about 2 minutes, till light and fluffy. With mixer running, gradually add melted chocolate and the vanilla. Add eggs, one at a time, beating at medium speed for 5 minutes after each addition. Pour filling into cooled crust. Cover with plastic wrap, and chill for at least 4 hours.
- Before serving, whip one cup of heavy cream, adding sugar and vanilla to taste. I also add an envelope of Whip-It to stabilize the cream. Garnish with chocolate shavings if desired.
Disclosure: Imperial Sugar donated product for our event. I did not receive any other compensation for writing this post and all opinions are my own.