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Orange-Hazelnut French Silk Pie


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  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate pieces (6 ounces)
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 egg yolks, lightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup hazelnut liqueur
  • 1 teaspoon finely shredded orange peel (optional)
  • 1 recipe Hazelnut Shell
  • 1 recipe Hazelnut Whipped Cream
  • 1 recipe Candied Orange Peel (optional)
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons hazelnut liqueur
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 medium orange
  • 1/4 cup sugar


Preparation time 40mins
Cooking time 360mins
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Step 1

For Pie:
In a medium heavy saucepan combine cream, chocolate pieces, butter, and sugar.

Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, about 10 minutes or until chocolate is melted. Remove from heat. Gradually stir half of the hot mixture into egg yolks. Return egg mixture to chocolate mixture in saucepan. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, about 5 minutes or until mixture is slightly thickened and begins to bubble. Remove from heat. (Mixture may appear slightly curdled.) Stir in the liqueur and, if desired, orange peel. Place the saucepan in a bowl of ice water; let stand, stirring occasionally, about 20 minutes or until mixture stiffens and becomes hard to stir.

In a medium bowl beat chocolate mixture with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 2 to 3 minutes or until light and fluffy. Spread chocolate mixture into Hazelnut Shell.

Cover and chill for at least 5 hours. Spread Hazelnut Whipped Cream over chocolate layer. If desired, top pie with Candied Orange Peels.

For Whipped Cream:
In a chilled medium bowl combine whipping cream, sugar, hazelnut liqueur, and vanilla. Beat with the chilled beaters of an electric mixer on medium to high speed until soft peaks form (tips curl). Makes about 2 cups.

For Candied Orange Peel:
Score orange into four lengthwise quarters, cutting just through the pulp to the surface of the fruit. Pry back the quartered peel with a spoon. Scrape off the soft, white bitter portions inside the peel. Or use a vegetable peeler to remove orange peel. Cut orange peels into 1/8-inch strips. (Wrap and store peeled fruit in the refrigerator for another use.) Coat orange strips with sugar. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add orange peel and cook until sugar is melted, stirring occasionally. Transfer orange peel to a sheet of parchment paper. Let stand to cool and set. If desired, roll in additional sugar.


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