I started this blog back in May of 2009. Since then, I’ve written almost 700 posts. And a book.

Since I have learned so much and changed so much in the past 5 years, it’s only natural that the look and feel of my blog evolves, as well. So I hired my talented friend Sabrina to give HGK a little makeover as a “blogiversary” gift to myself. I wanted the design to be very simple, natural, and a little messy, even (kind of like me!). I hope you like it as much as I do :)

(Please if you notice any problems with the new design, let me know! That way, we can fix whatever is wrong.)

And what’s a celebration without a decadent treat? I made a Chocolate Silk Pie to mark this blogging milestone.

Chocolate Silk Pie | Healthy Green Kitchen

My parents used to serve a similar French Silk Pie in their restaurant when I was a kid…I have such fond memories of that pie and have been wanting to make one like it for a long time. This pie is so easy to prepare and it’s absolutely delicious: I think it perfectly symbolizes where my blog and I are at these days and what you can expect to see here in the future.

chocolate silk pie ingredients | healthy green kitchen

Though I sometimes feel like the odd one out for having a healthy recipe blog that does not fit neatly into a specialty dietary category such as “clean foods”, “gluten-free”, “vegetarian”, “vegan”, or “paleo”, I am really more than ok with that. I’ve always been inclined to just do my own thing, and I don’t much like labels anyway. I truly believe all foods can have a place in a healthy diet…even chocolate pie. I have always championed simple home cooked recipes and balanced living here and I will continue to do so.

Recipe notes:

-I made this pie twice: once with a coconut walnut crust and once with the peanut crust you see here. Both were press-in, grain-free crusts but I preferred the peanut one (you can’t go wrong when you combine peanuts and chocolate, you know?) so that’s the recipe I am sharing with the pie. If you can’t eat peanuts (or don’t like peanuts), feel free to substitute your favorite homemade or store-bought crust.

-There are raw eggs in this recipe. If that scares you, don’t make this pie, or make it with pasteurized eggs. I have my own chickens so I am not nervous about using raw eggs: I have been eating them for years. All the same, do use caution if you are pregnant or fall into another group that’s been advised not to consume raw eggs due to the risk of salmonella.

-I took my friend Amanda’s advice and chilled the pie filling for a few hours before spreading it into the cooked pie crust. This worked very well!

Chocolate Silk Pie | Healthy Green Kitchen

Recipe for Chocolate Silk Pie

Yield: 8 servings

Ingredients:

For the pie filling:

*1/2 cup salted butter, at room temperature (I used organic)
*1 cup sugar (I used organic)
*2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
*2 teaspoons bourbon or brandy (optional: I used bourbon)
*4 ounces unsweetened chocolate, melted in a double boiler or the microwave (I used Ghirardelli brand)
*4 whole eggs, preferably free range and organic (I used eggs from my backyard chickens; if using extra-large eggs, use 3 instead of 4)

For the crust:

*1 1/5 cups peanuts (use organic if you can...I used regular peanuts because that's what I had on hand)
*3 tablespoons sugar (I used organic)
*1 1/2 tablespoons egg whites (I cracked and separated 2 eggs and measure 1 1/2 tablespoons from the whites)

Directions:

For the pie filling (make this first, then place in refrigerator to chill):

1. Using an electric mixer, cream the butter and sugar together for 4-5 minutes, until light and fluffy (it's important to beat these well, so the pie filling won't be grainy). Add the vanilla extract and the bourbon, if using. Add the melted chocolate and beat again until all ingredients are well combined. Add the eggs, 1 at a time, mixing very well after each addition.
2. Cover the bowl and refrigerate the filling for a few hours or overnight.

Make and fill the crust:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2 Spread peanuts onto a parchment or silpat-lined baking sheet and roast for 8-10 minutes until they are fragrant are starting to brown.
3. Allow peanuts to cool completely, then in a food processor, process the peanuts with the sugar until the mixture is very finely textured (it should also smell amazing).
4. Add the egg white and pulse until the mixture just comes together, then press it into a lightly buttered pie plate.
5. Bake the crust for 8-10 minutes, until it is dry and lightly browned, then allow it to cool completely before filling it with the chocolate mixture.
6. Cover and refrigerate the pie for several more hours to allow it to set, then serve as is, or with whipped cream (you may find the pie easier to slice if you freeze for a bit before serving).

Pie filling adapted from Molly O'Neill's recipe for The New York Times. Pie crust recipe adapted from The Fannie Farmer Baking Book.

Chocolate Silk Pie | Healthy Green Kitchen

 

34 Comments

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    Kristen — June 3, 2014 @ 10:58 am

    Your new design is BEAUTIFUL, Winnie! And congrats on five years. :)

    • Winnie replied: — June 3rd, 2014 @ 12:34 pm

      Thank you so much, Kristen!

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    Lauren @ Healthy Delicious — June 3, 2014 @ 12:05 pm

    LOVE the redesign! The new logo is fantastic!

    • Winnie replied: — June 3rd, 2014 @ 12:34 pm

      Thanks Lauren!

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    Georgie — June 3, 2014 @ 12:25 pm

    Congratulations! The site is beautiful… love everything about the re-design, the colors, logo, layout and the cake! Happy 5th Anniversary!

    • Winnie replied: — June 3rd, 2014 @ 12:33 pm

      Thank you SO much Georgie!!!

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    Lizthechef — June 3, 2014 @ 1:32 pm

    Happy Blog Birthday! I love your new look.

    • Winnie replied: — June 3rd, 2014 @ 1:53 pm

      Thank you Liz! I was really ready for a change.

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    Beth @ Tasty Yummies — June 3, 2014 @ 1:33 pm

    Congrats on 5 years Winnie!! How amazing!! I absolutely LOVE the new design, it’s so perfect! Happy Blogaversary ;) Oh and I wanna inhale this pie, thanks!

    • Winnie replied: — June 3rd, 2014 @ 1:53 pm

      Thank you Beth! I am glad it’s finally done! And yes…the pie is worthy of inhaling hahaha.

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    kate — June 3, 2014 @ 1:37 pm

    I Love the fresh, new digs. Very nicely done and congrats on 5 years! Thank you so much for everything you write about. I love your perspective and your words.
    I just ended my current blog after 8 years and am creating an entirely new space online, excited to see where the next phase takes me. :-)

    • Winnie replied: — June 3rd, 2014 @ 1:52 pm

      You know, I flirted with the idea of doing this…there is something so tempting about a new space!

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    tcmaryf — June 3, 2014 @ 1:44 pm

    Congrats to you and the new site is lovely.

    • Winnie replied: — June 3rd, 2014 @ 1:52 pm

      thank you so much!

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    Susan — June 3, 2014 @ 3:37 pm

    Congratulations on your 5 years. It’s nice to find a site that isn’t stuck on one of the eating fads. I could go on for a long time about some of those. This pie is more than I can afford to eat calorically, but it sounds wonderful. I will let it be eye candy… also love your butterfly plates. Since I’m new to the site, I can’t compare it with the old one. What you have now is beautiful, nicely done. I wish you many more years of enjoyable blogging.

    • Winnie replied: — June 3rd, 2014 @ 4:43 pm

      Thank you Susan :)

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    Kelly@TheNourishingHome — June 3, 2014 @ 4:46 pm

    LOVE your new site design! So fresh and clean! Gorgeous! And congrats on 5 years! You are such a blessing! About that chocolate silk pie – I want a piece right now! :) Thanks for sharing the recipe!

    • Winnie replied: — June 3rd, 2014 @ 4:58 pm

      Thanks so much Kelly…you are so sweet!

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    Baby June — June 3, 2014 @ 6:58 pm

    Love the new design! I think it is beautiful and clean. :) The pie looks amazing too, so creamy and rich, mmm. :D

    • Winnie replied: — June 3rd, 2014 @ 7:03 pm

      It is rich and creamy, indeed. Thank you for letting me know you like the design!

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    Meg@ Beard and Bonnet — June 3, 2014 @ 9:21 pm

    LOVE the new feel of the site and that pie:)

    • Winnie replied: — June 3rd, 2014 @ 10:23 pm

      Thank you Meg! Still working out a few kinks, but I am loving it, too!

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    Sylvie | Gourmande in the Kitchen — June 4, 2014 @ 2:36 am

    Congrats on all the huge accomplishments that the past five years have brought! I like the pretty new space you two have designed here very much.

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    dina — June 4, 2014 @ 10:24 am

    congratulations! the site looks great and so does the pie!

  14. 14

    Caroline — June 4, 2014 @ 9:47 pm

    I love the new look Winnie! Happy 5 years! This pie looks ahhhhmazing. Pinning now!

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    Kathy — June 4, 2014 @ 9:56 pm

    Where did you find those gorgeous butterfly plates? I love them and I want them! The pie looks awesome – can’t wait to try it. Thank you for posting it!

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    Amanda — June 6, 2014 @ 7:54 am

    I love the new look Winnie! And thanks so much for the link, this is my favorite chocolate pie ever. Love that you made a peanut crust.

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    Sherrie | With Food + Love — June 6, 2014 @ 9:18 am

    Winnie – I love love love the new site design, it’s so vibrant and alive!!

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    Nathalie | Vanille Verte — June 6, 2014 @ 1:51 pm

    I LOVE the new website design, Winnie. So earthy and simple, yet beautiful. Great font choices, as well! Good job! Of course, that pie looks divine, as well. Congrats!!

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    My Favorite Links and Things - My Humble Kitchen — June 8, 2014 @ 8:48 am

    […] Celebrating 5 Years: A New Site Design + Chocolate Silk Pie – Healthy Green Kitchen. Winnie’s blog has always been one of my favorites on the web. She celebrated 5 years of blogging and an amazing accomplishment of writing a book. (Which I plan on sharing about very soon!) To celebrate, she shared an amazing recipe for a chocolate silk pie that’s to swoon over. […]

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    Heather @ My Overflowing Cup — June 8, 2014 @ 10:15 pm

    I just found your blog via My Humble Kitchen. It’s beautiful – congratulations on 5 years! I am a brand new blogger so 700 posts and 5 years is astounding to me! Thank you for the chocolate silk pie recipe – it’s definitely a favorite of mine. Congrats, again!

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    Carol Sacks — June 12, 2014 @ 9:28 pm

    Lovely new blog design and that pie is something else! Congrats to you!

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    SWR — June 16, 2014 @ 8:45 am

    Beautiful new site!

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    Marisa — July 1, 2014 @ 11:06 pm

    I appreciate that your philosophy on food, and your blog, have evolved since I started following it. I’d much rather read about the rationale behind this evolution, as my take on food evolves as well, than be stuck in an unchanging closed-minded viewpoint. Thanks for your take!!

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