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Mini French Silk Pies

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Mini French Silk Pies are a bite sized version of the dreamy classic chocolate pie. Perfect for a dessert buffet at a grad party, holiday meal or just because!!!
Mini French Silk Pies | A bite sized version of this classic chocolate dessert

Mini French Silk Pies

I was having the neighbors over for dinner and had made these apple galettes for dessert.  I knew something chocolate was also in order…and I do love individual desserts.  Mini tarts would be perfect. Due to time constraints, and about a 50-50 pie crust success, I decided to take a short cut and use premade, grocery store pastry. I cut 3 1/2 inch rounds and pressed them into well greased mini muffin tins, docked them and baked about 8 minutes. They were thicker than I would have preferred, but they certainly were fine in a pinch.

Mini French Silk Pies | A bite sized version of this classic chocolate dessert

Heavenly French Silk

Now, the only decision was which filling to use. I quickly made up my mind: French silk.  Every Christmas when I poll the family about what to whip up for dessert, invariably French Silk Pie is the first suggestion out of their mouths. A bite sized version would be terrific for a crowd. I used 2/3 of my recipe from Jean Webster which provided plenty of extra for sampling.  Topped with berries or chocolate curls, these little gems went quickly.

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Mini French Silk Pies

A mini version of the decadent, classic French silk pie!

  • Author: Liz Berg
  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 8 mins
  • Total Time: 28 mins
  • Yield: 12 servings
  • Category: Dessert

Ingredients

  • Your favorite pie crust recipe or store bought crust
  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) butter, at room temperature
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, melted and cooled
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 eggs (I put eggs into a bowl of 140º water for 3 1/2 minutes for home pasteurization)

Instructions

  1. Fit rounds (about 3 1/2 inch diameter) of pastry into greased mini muffin tins. If using premade crust you may want to roll it out just slightly. Poke holes in bottom of dough and bake at temperature directed by recipe or package for about 6-8 minutes, or till golden. Cool slightly and remove from tins to cool on rack.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fit with the paddle attachment, cream butter and sugar for about 2 minutes till light and fluffy. With mixer running, gradually add melted chocolate and vanilla. Add eggs, one at a time, beating at medium speed for 5 minutes after each addition. Scrape down sides of bowl and mix another minute. Pipe or spoon filling into cooled pastry shells and chill at least 4 hours before serving. Garnish with chocolate curls Gently warm a large piece of semi-sweet chocolate in the microwave without melting it. Using a vegetable peeler, cut curls of chocolate from a wide edge) or berries.
  3. Depending on the thickness of your crust, this recipe yields 12-bite sized pieces.
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68 comments on “Mini French Silk Pies”

  1. Great idea to use the mini muffin pans, again another gourmet dessert! Your neighbors are lucky wished I lived next door!

  2. I have one question for you: won’t you be my neighbor???

    Oh, please please please please please please.

  3. Liz! Those look divine! I love little mini tart/tassies. Hey, I always have some premade dough on hand – just in case! Do you ever make tassie pastry dough with cream cheese in it? I tried that a couple years ago and it is so easy, that is my standard dough when I do it homemade. Great post – and yeah – you got lucky neighbours!

  4. I love these little chocolate delicacies! I’ll take three…or four of them!

  5. How cute and delicious!

  6. I popped back to check out the chocolate layer cake that I somehow missed, Lizzy, and here you are with another gorgeous chocolately dessert. These look wonderful. I’m not surprised they vanished in double-quick time!

  7. I like the mini ones too Lizzy, no wastage and my preferred then the bigger versions.

    Gorgeous with the colorful fruit and choc stick on top.

  8. Lizzy,
    I love your mini desserts! These little tarts are gorgeous, and great presentation. And I’m sure that they taste as good a they look.

  9. wel… you have to open your own BAkery…and I wish to be your neighbour…. 😀

    If you like it you can take my contest idea and use for an English version, hugs, Flavia

  10. How many in a serving?? I think the picture with the plate-full looks about right for me. French silk has always been my favorite!!

  11. Oh my drool! Such elegant and gorgeous silk pies. These deserve to be showcased somewhere special! Beautiful.

  12. Why is it that I am tempted to lick the screen every time I read your blog? Seriously, those look delicious and now my mouth is watering and I probably need to go start thinking about what I want to make for dinner. Which is going to be a problem since now all I want is your adorable little pies!

  13. What a chic dessert and delicious looking as well!

  14. I love these mini sweets!! Look adorable!!
    Lizzy This sknny chicck bake amazing!! LOL gloria

  15. When we lived in the Chicago area I would indulge in a slice of French silk pie at Baker’s Square once in a while. Now that I don’t really like chocolate, this would hit the spot perfectly. I love them. Thanks for passing along the quick but gorgeous recipe.

  16. Yum! What a quick and impressive dessert! 🙂

  17. My goodness…bite size chocolate treats are so dangerous in my household.

  18. This is pretty! I want to try the one with chocolate topping 😀

  19. Hot Dang, Lizzy!! Those are just exquisite! I would love to make this for the holiday’s this year, I always love having little finger sized desserts at the holidays! Thanks for sharing, I will have to try this soon!

  20. I am speachless. The only question I have is how do you manage to stay skinny? Please tell me your secret…

  21. French Silk Pie reminds me of my childhood and these sound perfect. Takes me way back!

  22. You always have such awesome recipes. These guys look adorable and scrumptious!

    Thank you as always for all the kind comments on my blog too : )

  23. wow Those bite-sized pies look phenomenal! The filling looks really smoothy and silky.

  24. Bite sized are great, because you can have more than one without feeling guilty. These do look tempting.
    -Gina-

  25. Wow! These are so cute. I would almost hate to eat such a pretty little dessert.. but I know I would eat them. Yum, yum, yum!

  26. anyting chocolate delights me~

  27. Minis do require extra work, but they are worth it. A big pie is not needed around here, so these are perfect. They also make a great presentation. Wonderful chocolate treat here-yum!

  28. Minis do require extra work, but they are worth it. A big pie is not needed around here, so these are perfect. They also make a great presentation. Wonderful chocolate treat here-yum!

  29. I could eat three to four of these puppies in no time flat. Thanks for sharing.

  30. good thing these are mini Lizzi! 🙂 They look so delicious…

  31. I love the way these look…so delicious! I used to make French Silk pie…but not for such a long time! Yummy!

  32. French silk pie in miniature! Yes! My favorite!

  33. Gorgeous mini tarts, Lizzy! Chocolate curls topping for me please!

  34. What a great idea! I love French Silk Pie! These are so cute and perfect!

  35. These are so cute and great for a dinner party! I like that you used pre-made crust as I love shortcuts like this, especially when I am trying to cook 10 other things!

  36. Liz…what a great dessert for your guests! I just love making mini versions of pretty desserts…makes everyone feel so special to have their own. (The apple galettes sound wonderful too!)

  37. THese are really beautiful – and I bet they taste like a dream 🙂
    Mary x

  38. Oh my, these are gorgeous! Since they’re small, that means I can have one for each hand…yes?!?!?

  39. Oh my god, these are perfect.

  40. These little tarts are beautiful. Yum!

  41. These are such cute looking sweethearts…
    I am sure they must have been a hit.

  42. they look perfect!

  43. These so cute and looks so delicious,,,you are so ready to have a bakery store and I will mark this recipe,I have to make it.
    Ridwan

  44. Me encantan los dulces mini,lucen muy bellos,una preparación excelente,abrazos grandes,hugs,hugs.

  45. These are so cute Lizzy, and I just love the way you garnished them! Fresh raspberries are a favorite 🙂

  46. I love the bite-size desserts! The only problem with them is…you just don’t stop popping them in your mouth…LOL so delicious, absolutely no control over the amount you actually eat!

    They are super silky, yummy and delicious!
    xoxo

  47. So adorable! I want some now…

  48. Lizzy – these are incredible! I love desserts in miniature! What a beautiful dessert!

  49. Wow Liz, these mini pies look so cute…I love everything in bite size.
    Hope you are having a fantastic week 🙂

  50. Ugh, these would be perfect as a baked good for my girlfriend’s birthday.

    Except the last time I baked it was a disaster. Sigh…

  51. I’m always a BIG fan of small little dessert and these are gorgeous!

  52. 🙂 I wrote about your blog today, you can check it out here:
    http://www.lifecoachwannabe.com/2011/09/enjoy-your-food-that-skinny-chick-can.html
    Let me know if you don’t like something 🙂

  53. These are positively darling. Your probably the only one com
    Enting on your pie crust. I’m sure these adorable miniatures got rave reviews.

  54. Sorry for the spelling. The iPhone has a way of changing what’s typed plus I didn’t have my glasses on. Oops!

  55. Those mini pies looks so silky & lovely!
    tq for sharing the recipe, hope I make this someday with my son since he’s a learning baker just like his mother – Me! Haha ha!
    Lovely pies u have there lissy! Buzzed! 😉

  56. Super easy! What a great idea. I may try making these for the holiday party. Thanks 🙂 Kate

  57. This is my favorite kind of pie!! I always ask for it around Thanksgiving time because my mom makes the most amazing pies. Thank you so much for sharing this so I can make them any time of the year! I love how they are mini, too cute!

  58. So petite and adorable. I must have one!

  59. We wouldn’t have known if you hadn’t told us those were store bought pie crusts, Lizzy. They look so pretty and I am sure were a hit.

  60. These are absolutely beautiful. I love anything minature, and these look delicious as well!

  61. Seriously lady, are there any houses for sale near you??? You always amaze me. This is no exception.

  62. I want to come to your house for dinner!! These are so cute and look so delicious. I also love individual desserts like this. They are the best.

  63. Congratulations on Top 9!

  64. Just simply a beautiful dessert!

  65. Am I crazy or you do a lot of french silk pies. I never made one, you are really getting me curious lol. There are adorable.

  66. I love to do dessert tables and mini’s always fit the bill. My friends and I would love these.

  67. These look smooth, delicious and just the right size. What a nice dessert.

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