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    French Silk Pie French Silk Pie

    Baked Pie Crust (below)
    1/4 cup margarine or butter
    3 ounces unsweetened baking chocolate
    1 cup sugar
    2 tablespoons cornstarch
    3 eggs
    1 teaspoon vanilla
    1 cup whipping (heavy) cream
    Whipped cream, if desired
    Chocolate Leaves (below), if desired

    Prepare Baked Pie Crust.

    Melt margarine and chocolate in 2-quart saucepan over low heat, stirring occasionally; remove from heat. Stir together sugar and cornstarch; stir into chocolate mixture.

    Beat eggs with electric mixer on medium speed until thick and lemon colored; stir into chocolate mixture. Cook over medium heat 5 minutes, stirring constantly, until thick and glossy. Stir in vanilla. Cool 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

    Beat whipping cream in chilled medium bowl with electric mixer on high speed until stiff. Gently stir chocolate mixture into whipped cream; spread in pie shell. Cover and freeze about 4 hours or until firm. Garnish with whipped cream and Chocolate Leaves. Immediately freeze any remaining pie.

    Mocha French Silk Pie: Stir in 2 teaspoons instant coffee (dry) with the chocolate.

    Baked Pie Crust:
    1/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon shortening or 1/3 cup lard
    1 cup Gold Medal all-purpose flour
    1/4 teaspoon salt
    2 to 3 tablespoons cold water

    Heat oven to 375 F. Cut shortening into flour and salt, using pastry blender or crisscrossing 2 knives, until particles are size of coarse crumbs. Sprinkle with cold water, 1 tablespoon at a time, tossing with fork until all flour is moistened and pastry almost cleans side of bowl (1 to 2 teaspoons more water can be added if necessary). Gather pastry into a ball. Shape into flattened round on lightly floured cloth-covered board. Roll into circle 2 inches larger than upside-down glass pie plate, 9x1 1/4 inches, with floured cloth-covered rolling pin. Fold pastry into fourths; place in pie plate. Unfold and ease into plate, pressing firmly against bottom and side. Trim overhanging edge of pastry 1 inch from rim of pie plate. Fold and roll pastry under, even with plate; flute as desired. Prick bottom and side of pastry thoroughly with fork. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until light brown; cool on wire rack.

    Chocolate Leaves:
    5 to 6 fresh nonpoisonous (unsprayed) leaves (such as lemon, grape or rose leaves) or pliable plastic leaves
    1/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips or 1 ounce semisweet baking chocolate
    1/2 teaspoon shortening

    Wash and dry leaves. Melt chocolate and shortening. Brush chocolate about 1/8 inch thick over backs of leaves, using small brush. Refrigerate at least 1 hour until firm. Peel off leaves, handling as little as possible. Refrigerate chocolate leaves until ready to use.

    Makes 10 servings

    This recipe displayed with permission from General Mills, Inc.

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