It’s “Pi” Day

Happy National “Pi” day everyone!Pies

It’s March 14 – the third month and the fourteenth day – otherwise written as 3.14. Get it?

Remember the pi you used in math years ago? It’s that funny symbol that made all your answers end with decimal points. That pi stands for 3.14.

And since today’s date is 3.14 – today is “pi” day!

Does this make any sense at all?

It doesn’t matter – because as soon as I heard the word “pi” I didn’t think about mathematical symbols.

Nope. My mind immediately went to those yummy round shaped desserts with a crust and delectable fillings.

So Buddy and I went to work this afternoon and created not one – but 2 pies to celebrate!

You might be thinking that’s a mighty thin reason to make a pie.

Yep. I agree. Just as thin as the crust of that chocolate pie! But it’s enough for me!

I think you should find something to celebrate in every day!

That’s why we have shamrock shakes on St. Patrick’s Day.

Cherry pie on Washington’s birthday.

Snow cake to celebrate the first snow of winter.

And egg nest cookies on the day we spot the first robin of spring.

Life is a blessing – find something to celebrate today!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Birthday Pie

Option 2Somebody had a birthday last week!

Yep. I’m a whole year older – and I’m sure much wiser. Ha!

For years we’ve celebrated my birthday with a decadent chocolate cheese cake pie that I painstakingly copied from a Debbie Fields cooking show on PBS.

But this year it was time for a change. After all – at my age – it could be dangerous to get in a rut! ūüėČ

So Dagmar and I started brainstorming. We started with an Oreo cookie crust and topped it with a super rich chocolate filling. Then in  a burst of genius, she covered the entire thing with a delicious peanut butter whipped cream. (And I do mean delicious! Trust me Рthat stuff is crazy good!)

<happy sigh>

It was delectable! Perfection on a plate.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie

1-1/2 cups finely crushed Oreo cookies
3 Tablespoons melted butter
2 cups dark chocolate chips
1/2 cup half and half
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 tub whipped topping
1/2 cup peanut butter

In a mixing bowl, combine the Oreo cookie crumbs and the butter. Press into a 9 inch pie pan and refrigerate while you make the filling.

Place dark chocolate chips and half & half in a double broiler and melt. When melted and smooth, stir in the vanilla.

Carefully pour over the Oreo cookie crust and refrigerate until set.

Before serving, combine the peanut butter and softened whipped topping. Spread it over the cooled filling and top with shaved chocolate.

Hide any left-overs in the back of the refrigerator and just hope that you can get to them before your children!

Enjoy!

I’ve linked this post with Tasty Tuesday on Balancing Beauty and Bedlam and Tempt My Tummy Tuesday at Blessed with Grace.

Hot Fudge Sundae Pie

My quest to find the perfect chocolate pie recipe continues…

And with my sister and niece coming – I considered it the perfect opportunity to try yet another chocolate pie recipe.

This time I choose a hot fudge sundae pie – a dense rich chocolate pie topped with ice cream and other toppings.

Yummo.

The crowd loved it – declaring it “most definitely a keeper”.

Hot Fudge Sundae Pie

2/3 cup butter
1/3 cup Hershey’s coca
2 eggs
1/4 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 Tablespoon flour
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 unbaked 9 inch pie crust
ice cream – any flavor
ice cream toppings – bananas, maraschino cherries, peanuts, whipped cream, etc…

Melt butter in a medium saucepan over low heat. Add cocoa, stir till smooth. Remove from heat.

Stir together the eggs, milk, and vanilla. Add the egg mixture to the cocoa mixture and stir with a whisk until smooth and slightly thickened.

Add brown sugar, granulated sugar, flour, and salt; stir with a whisk until smooth.

Pour mixture into the unbaked crust.

Bake 30-35 minutes until the edge is set (the center will be soft). Cool about 2 hours.

To serve, cut a slice and top it with ice cream and other toppings.

Enjoy!

I’ve linked this post up with Foodie Friday at Design’s by Gollum and at Chocolate Friday over at Stop n Smell the Chocolates.

Chocolate Pie

Chocolate Pie At the latest Farmer’s Market there was a new vendor – a 14 year old girl who was selling pie by the slice.

When I heard she had chocolate pie – I immediately found some money and sent Dagmar over to buy one.

Then I started to worry – what if I just spent that money for a store bought crust and Jello- pudding filling?

No worries.

That pie was fabulous! The crust was light and flaky and definitely  homemade!

But the filling was the star of the show – it was rich, creamy and delicious.

Of course I asked the young lady for the recipe. She just smiled sweetly and said she was so glad we liked it.

But she didn’t share the recipe.

I was bummed.

The memory of that pie still lingers in my mind.  It was fabulous. Unbelievable. Delectable.

I had to find a recipe to match it. I scoured my recipe files and cookbooks and made a pile of all my chocolate pie recipes.

I intend to try them – one at a time – until I find the perfect one.

I began over the weekend.

Obviously – by the picture – the first recipe didn’t work so well. The filling never did set up and seeped right through a crack in the crust leaving a mess on the bottom of the pie.

But it did taste great!

Chocolate Pie #1

1 -9 inch baked pie shell
2 cups of chocolate chips (I used milk chocolate – but I think I would prefer semisweet)
1/3 cup of powdered sugar
1 cup of milk
1/4 cup of butter
1 tsp almond flavoring
1/2 cup almonds

Place chocolate chips and powdered sugar in your blender, process until it is coarsely chopped.

In a saucepan, place the milk and butter. Bring to a boil. Pour into the blender and process until smooth and creamy. Add almond flavoring.

Pour it into a pie shell and refrigerate. Serve with cool whip and almonds.

In a perfect world it would set up beautifully – in my world it remained a runny mess.

But it did taste good!

And so the search continues….

Special Sister Chocolate Pie

My sister came for a visit today. That should be written in all capital letters and highlighted with stars and hearts. Since she lives two hours away, a visit is a rare thing and is treated as a “Special Occasion” .

While our daughters disappeared into the lovely miniature world of Polly Pockets, we started to catch up on what had transpired in our lives since our last talk fest.

It was a delicious time of laughter and tears, memories and anticipation. Yes, it was a very “Special Occasion” indeed. An occasion such as this demanded a very special dessert.

A rich, creamy decadent dessert that says, “You are so very special, I’m so glad you choose to drive 2 hours and spend today with me”. A dessert that I shall call “Special Sister Chocolate Pie”.

I began with a 9 inch baked pie shell, but I’m sure it would be wonderful in a graham cracker crust, or just in 6 pretty dessert bowls. Then I placed in the blender 2 cups of Nestles chocolate chips, 3 oz. of a Cadbury White Chocolate and Raspberry bar and 1/3 cup of powdered sugar. I processed it until it was coarsely chopped. Then in a saucepan, I brought 1 cup of milk and 1/4 cup of butter to a boil and added it to the blender, processing till smooth. The last step was to pour it into the pie shell and chill till set.

We enjoyed the rich luscious raspberry chocolate slices slathered in whipped cream together as we pondered the mysteries of the universe and solved the problems of the world. A truly special dessert to honor a truly special sister on a very “Special Occasion“.