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    French Silk Pie

    Bittersweet chocolate and Dutch-process cocoa meld with a shot of fresh brewed coffee to give an ultra-rich flavor to this creamy French silk pie. A frothy meringue is the secret to lightening the brown sugar-sweetened filling.


    • 30 chocolate wafers
    • 2 tablespoons chopped dates, pitted
    • 1 tablespoon water
    • 1 tablespoon canola oil
    • 1 tablespoon brewed coffee
    • 1 tablespoon water
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons unflavored gelatin
    • 1 large egg
    • 1/2 cup low-fat milk
    • 8 tablespooons packed light brown sugar, divided
    • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, preferably Dutch-process
    • 2 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
    • 2 tablespoons dried egg whites, reconstituted according to package directions
    • 1/2 teaspoons cream of tartar


    Step 1
    Preheat oven to 325°F. Coat a 9-inch deep-dish pie pan with cooking spray.
    Step 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.
    Step 3
    Bake until crisp, about 10 minutes. Cool completely on a wire rack.
    Step 4
    To prepare filling and garnish: Combine coffee and water in a small bowl. Sprinkle gelatin on top and set aside to soften.
    Step 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.
    Step 6
    Beat reconstituted egg whites and cream of tartar in a large bowl 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.
    Step 7
    Whisk one-fourth of the meringue into the cooled chocolate mixture until smooth. Scrape the chocolate mixture into the remaining meringue and fold in with a whisk. Spoon the filling into the crust and chill, uncovered, until set, about 3 hours.

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