A creamy, rich keto chocolate French silk pie made with chocolate cream cheese filling, cocoa almond crust and topped with whipped cream and dark chocolate shavings.
I was curious as to where this dessert derived its name. Is it really French? Why is it called silk? Will my life be hollow if I never learn its origin? Of course, the inter-webs provided its answers so read on for a short history lesson on the French Silk pie.
History of the French Silk Pie
The French silk pie was originally developed in 1951 by Betty Cooper. With this pie, she won the third annual Pillsbury Bake-Off contest for home cooks. Neither Betty Cooper, nor the pie, are French. We have no idea as to why she may have called it French silk, but it can be assumed it’s derived by the silky texture which was a popular fashion trend at the time.
There are other derivations of the chocolate pie. Cream pies are typically stove top cooked fillings that are thickened with eggs or starch (e.g. puddings). Alternatively, chocolate mousse pies are created with egg whites folded into the base to achieve a light and fluffy texture. A true French silk begins with creamed butter and sugar, and ends with raw eggs beaten in until the texture is silky smooth.
By incorporating cream cheese, we’re able to achieve the same silky texture as the original creation…
My version isn’t a true representation of the original pie. However, this keto chocolate French silk pie takes a different approach to make it easier and certainly more keto friendly. By incorporating cream cheese, we’re able to achieve the same silky texture as the original creation, yet still having a great chocolatey flavor. Moreover, adding cocoa powder to the almond crust, we achieve several layers of chocolatey goodness with dark chocolate shavings for good measure.
This pie does need time to firm up though. After it’s prepared, its important to refrigerate it for several hours. I simply make it the day before and leave it in the fridge overnight. When it’s ready to serve, prepare the whipped cream and top it off with chocolate shavings or a dusting of cocoa powder.
An additional tip when making the whipped cream is to stabilize it with gelatin to help it last longer. It’s not necessary, but it will help the whipped cream from melting after a few days. Just take a couple tablespoons of warm water and sprinkle gelatin over the top and let it sit for a couple of minutes. Then whisk it together and pour it into your finished whipped cream with another 15-20 seconds of whisking to combine.
Keto Chocolate French Silk Pie
Cocoa Pie Crust
- 1½ cups almond flour
- ⅓ cup granulated sweetener
- 3 tbsp cocoa powder
- ½ tsp baking powder
- ¼ tsp salt
- 4 tbsp butter chilled
- 1½ tsp vanilla extract
- 1 large egg
- 16 oz cream cheese room temp
- ¾ cup heavy whipping cream
- 4 tbsp sour cream
- ½ cup cocoa powder
- ½ cup powdered sweetener
- 3 oz sugar-free dark chocolate chips melted
- 1 tbsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup heavy whipping cream
- 2½ tbsp powdered sweetener
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 bar sugar-free dark chocolate for shavings
Cocoa Pie Crust
- Preheat your oven to 375°F. Grease a 9" pie pan with butter.
- Combine almond flour, cocoa powder, granulated sweetener, baking powder and salt into a mixing bowl. Using a whisk, blend the dry ingredients together.
- Cut the solid butter into small pieces and add to mixture. Whisk to combine fully ensuring there are no big clumps of butter in the crust. A pastry belnder helps with this step or you can use a fork as well to cut the butter.
- Add egg and vanilla extract to mixture and mix until dough forms.
- Transfer dough to greased pie pan and flute the edges if desired. Poke holes into dough with a fork and bake for 12-15 minutes. Let cool completely.
- Combine cream cheese, heavy cream, sour cream, cocoa powder, powdered sweetener, melted chocolate chips and vanilla extract into a mixing bowl. On low speed, mix the ingredients until incorporated, then increase speed to high to beat until fluffy.
- Transfer filling into pie crust. Flatten top with a spatul. Transfer pie to refrigerator and let cool overnight.
- With a chilled mixing bowl, whip cream until light peaks form. Add powdered sweetener & vanilla and whip additional 30 seconds to combine. Place whipped cream on top of pie.
- For chocolate shavings, lightly warm a dark chocolate bar and create shavings with a vegetable peeler. It's important that the chocolate be someone soft (but not melted), otherwise it won't curl. Alternatively, you can dust the top with some cocoa powder.