Chocolate pie can be made without crust


French Silk Chocolate Pie is a tasty and first-rate experience. Violet M. Henderson of Whispering Pines, N.C., was looking for a recipe for this pie, which she had at the Village Inn Restaurant and Bakery in Sebring, Fla.

Ruth Bliss of Sioux Falls, S.D., responded with the recipe and a caveat about this rich dessert: "This is elegant, but you can't eat a large piece," she wrote.

"It can also be used without the crust and served in sherbet dishes," she added.

French Silk Chocolate Pie

Serves 8-10

1 cup sugar

3/4 cup butter, softened (do not substitute)

1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar

3 squares (3 ounces) unsweetened chocolate, melted and cooled

3 eggs

9-inch baked pie shell

1 cup whipping cream

1/4 cup powdered sugar

nuts or chocolate curls for garnish, if desired

Beat sugar and butter until light and fluffy. Stir in vanilla, cream of tartar and chocolate. Beat in eggs until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Pour into pie shell and refrigerate until set about 3 to 4 hours. Whip cream and add powdered sugar. Spread on top of pie. May garnish with nuts or chocolate curls.

Tester Laura Reiley's comments: "Quick and easy, this pie is dense and intense. Its consistency is heavier than a chocolate mousse (because of all that butter). For people worried about using raw eggs in this recipe, eggs can be coddled in boiling water for 15 seconds. This will significantly reduce any risk of salmonella. I might also suggest using superfine sugar instead of granulated sugar, because the grain of sugar is just detectable in the final pie."

* Fabian J. Korza of Easthampton, Mass., would like to have a recipe for Garlic Jelly or Garlic Butter.

* Denise Rasberry of Fay- etteville, N.C., is anxious to make a brownie using Jello pudding mix.

* Pat Zens of Canova, S.D., is a chocolate lover who is seeking a cookie recipe. "I live 70 miles from the nearest store, and I crave the cookies from the Great American Cookie Co. called Chewy Chocolate Supreme. I want to make them but haven't come close in anything I've experimented with," Zens says.

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