After serving the Italian style meal at your summer solstice dinner, wait at least a half an hour before offering guests dessert. Set up a decadent dessert buffet with fresh berries and store bought sorbet. Supplement the menu with one show stopping, homemade dessert. A cold, creamy chocolate silk pie is rich and delicious. The pie has to be made in advance making it an ideal finish to a party. To check out the recipe, which I found on,


Chocolate Silk Pie

Chocolate Silk Pie


  1. Crust:
  2. 1 (10-inch) piecrust or 1/2 (15-ounce) package refrigerated pie dough (such as Pillsbury)
  3. 1/2 cup sugar
  4. 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
  5. 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  6. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  7. 1 3/4 cups 2-percent reduced-fat milk
  8. 4 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
  9. Meringue:
  10. 5 large egg whites
  11. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  12. 1 1/4 cups sugar
  13. 2/3 cup water
  14. Grated chocolate (optional)
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  1. Prepare and bake piecrust in a 10-inch deep-dish pie plate. Cool completely on a wire rack.
  2. To prepare filling, combine 1/2 cup sugar, cocoa, flour, and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a medium saucepan; stir with a whisk.
  3. Gradually stir in milk. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Reduce heat; cook 2 minutes or until thick and bubbly, stirring constantly.
  4. Remove from heat; add chopped chocolate, stirring until chocolate melts. Spoon chocolate mixture into a bowl; place bowl in a large ice-filled bowl for 10 minutes or until chocolate mixture comes to room temperature, stirring occasionally. Remove bowl from ice.
  5. To prepare meringue, place egg whites and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at high speed until soft peaks form.
  6. Combine 1 1/4 cups sugar and water in a saucepan; bring to a boil. Cook, without stirring, until candy thermometer registers 238°F.
  7. Pour hot sugar syrup in a thin stream over egg whites, beating at high speed until stiff peaks form. Fold 2 cups meringue into chocolate mixture.
  8. Spread chocolate mixture into prepared crust. Spread remaining meringue over chocolate mixture. Chill 8 hours; garnish with grated chocolate, if desired.

Serves 10 (serving size: 1 wedge).

Nutritional Information: CALORIES 314(26% from fat); FAT 9.1g (sat 3.4g,mono 2.1g,poly 1.6g); IRON 1.4mg; CHOLESTEROL 4mg; CALCIUM 58mg; CARBOHYDRATE 55.8g; SODIUM 257mg; PROTEIN 6g; FIBER 2.2g

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