Yesterday was both national potato chip day and Pi day!
Now the first one is fairly self explanatory, but the second one seemed to be mostly unheard of within the family. Pi is a math term, which I honestly can remember almost nothing about. Only the number (3.14) that was drilled into my head since Junior High math has remained. For those smart enough to see the connection, yesterday was the 3rd month, and the 14th day. 3.14. Hurray!
Okay, basically it's just an excuse for this foodie to make a pie. Oh pie, how I love thee... It truly is one of my favourite desserts, even beating out the much loved cake. This particular pie recipe comes from my grandma, who only got to make it occasionally because, honestly, most of the people in my family didn't like it. Balderdash I say! And while you might be turned off by their opinion, don't even worry about it! This pie is delicious and my family is all crazy anyways... Besides, it got made for co-workers one day who all loved it! I know you will too!
Did you end up making a pie for pi day? Had you even heard of such a day?
Flapper Pie (And don't ask where the name comes from, I have no idea...)
Graham Crackers, crumbled - 1 1/4 cups
Butter- 1/4 Cup, melted
Sugar- 1/4 cup
Combine all the ingredients together in a bowl, stirring together. Place inside a pie pan and bake in the oven for about 8 minutes at 350F. Take out and let cool.
Sugar - 1/2 cup
Salt - A healthy pinch
Corn Starch - 2 tbsps
Flour - 1 tbsp
Egg Yolks - 2 (Keep the whites for the meringue)
Butter - 1 tbsp
Vanilla - 1 tsp
Milk - 2 cups
Combine all the ingredients in a large pot and cook on medium. Stir constantly as the butter melts inside, you'll notice that the mixture starts to thicken. Keep stirring until it becomes thick, almost a pudding like consistency. Remove from heat and gently pour over the cooked pie crust. Smooth out on top.
Place in the oven at 425F for about 5 minutes. Remove and let cool.
Egg Whites - 2
Sugar - 1/4 cup
Salt - a healthy pinch
This was a little intense, even for the short recipe, because I've never made a meringue before, but I think it worked! Combine all these ingredients into a small bowl. Use a beater until small peaks form on the top of the meringue. Spoon this mixture onto the completed pie.
Place back in the oven with the broiler on so the meringue turns golden brown on top.
Remove from the oven, and let cool to room temperature, about a half hour. You want the filling to settle on the crust and not be runny.