Ghirardelli Gay Nineties Chocolate Silk Pie

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Recipe for Ghiradelli Gay Nineties Chocolate Silk Pie. The Ghiradelli family established one of the world's finest chocolate factories in 1852. Silk Pie is a recipe from their culinary collection.


  • Crust:
  • 4 ounces bittersweet chocolate
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon butter, cut up
  • Filling:
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups sifted confectioner\'s sugar
  • 3 eggs, well beaten*
  • 2 tablespoons bourbon whiskey
  • 8 ounces bittersweet chocolate
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • Laced Whipped Cream:
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon confectioner\'s sugar
  • 1 teaspoon bourbon whiskey
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans


  1. For Crust:
  2. Filling: Cream butter with sugar until fluffy. Beat eggs and bourbon. Break chocolate into small pieces. In a heavy saucepan, melt broken chocolate with Cream, stirring constantly. Mix chocolate into Creamed mixture. Spread into prepared crust. Freeze for 1 hour, or until slightly frozen.
  3. Break chocolate into small pieces and combine with remaining ingredients in a blender or food processor; process for 20 seconds, or until crumbly. (If a blender is used, blend chocolate Laced Whipped Cream:
  4. Combine all ingredients except pecans and Beat until stiff. Spread all over pie. Sprinkle top with pecans.
  5. * Note: For those concerned about raw eggs, pasteurized liquid eggs or pasteurized liquid egg whites can be successfully substituted.