So, what are you doing for your Valentine on Thursday? Candy? Flowers? A romantic candlelight dinner?
Whatever your plans, I hope there’s room for this decadent pie. It would be the perfect way to cap off a day of loving gestures. And your beloved will be smitten. (As if you could go wrong with any recipe that has both chocolate and silk in the title, right?)
If you’ve never eaten this pie before, it’s a little hard to categorize. It’s not really a chiffon pie, but it has much in common with the airy texture of one. It’s quite creamy, too, like a cheesecake, but it’s lighter and it’s not baked. Imagine a cloud-like chocolate frosting masquerading as a pie. Hard to find fault with that.
Pastry-phobes take note: there’s no pastry to roll. Many versions of this pie do use a pastry crust, but I’ve used a chocolate Oreo crust instead. If there’s anything difficult about the recipe at all, it’s that there’s a fair amount of beating involved. I suppose you could do it, but I’ve never even tried doing this with a hand held electric mixer. I’ve always used my stand mixer.
I like to put a puddle of vanilla custard sauce on the plate along with the pie. Not that it’s really necessary; just another excuse to serve my favorite dessert sauce. But the sauce provides a colorful backdrop, and I like the way it looks when you float your little hearts in it. (Tip: don’t sweeten the whipped cream if you’re making it from scratch. The combination of the pie and sauce is already plenty sweet enough.)
Happy Valentine’s Day.
NOTE: Here’s where you can find the recipe for VANILLA CUSTARD SAUCE