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Makeover French Silk Pie

Total Time

Prep: 50 min. + chilling


8 servings

A chocolaty rich, smooth and creamy dream of a makeover that mimics Cindy Evanoff’s original recipe in everything but calories, fat and cholesterol! Even our Test Panel had a hard time believing this fantastic makeover with nearly 200 fewer calories and half the fat and saturated fat wasn’t the original recipe. Cindy can be proud to serve this lightened up version of her family favorite to friends in Louisville, Ohio.


  • Pastry for single-crust pie (9 inches)
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons unflavored gelatin
  • 1-1/4 cups cold fat-free milk, divided
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup baking cocoa
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1-1/2 cups whipped topping
  • Chocolate curls, optional


  1. Line a 9-in. pie plate with pastry; trim and flute edges. Line pastry shell with a double thickness of heavy-duty foil. Bake at 450° for 8 minutes. Remove foil; bake 5 minutes longer. Cool on a wire rack.
  2. In a small heavy saucepan, sprinkle gelatin over 1 cup milk; let stand for 1 minute. Cook over medium-low heat until bubbles form around sides of pan. Meanwhile, sift the sugar, cornstarch and cocoa into a small bowl. Combine egg yolks and remaining milk; whisk into sugar mixture until blended.
  3. Add a small amount of hot milk mixture to sugar mixture; return all to the pan, whisking constantly. Whisk vigorously over medium heat as mixture begins to thicken (mixture will become very thick). Bring to a boil; whisk 2 minutes longer. Remove from the heat; whisk in butter and vanilla.
  4. Transfer to a large metal bowl. Lightly coat waxed paper with cooking spray; press onto surface of cocoa mixture. Refrigerate for 45-60 minutes or until mixture reaches 80°.
  5. Beat the cocoa mixture on high speed for 3-4 minutes or until smooth and glossy, scraping sides of bowl occasionally. Fold in whipped topping. Spread evenly into crust. Refrigerate for 2 hours. Garnish with chocolate curls if desired. Cover leftovers tightly with foil; store in the refrigerator.

Nutrition Facts

1 piece: 322 calories, 16g fat (9g saturated fat), 97mg cholesterol, 167mg sodium, 40g carbohydrate (21g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.

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