TimmyStein waits not-so-patiently for his serving of pie.
Today is Pi Day!
Every year on Pi Day, ThinkGeek holds a pie bake off in honor of our favorite mathematical constant and the birthday of our favorite physicist, Albert Einstein. This means lots of pie, and funny wigs. At least for Timmy.
Here's a sampling of our Pi Day pies, pre-devouring.
The first savory pie: Guinness Meat Pie with a puff pastry crust.
- 1 tsp olive oil
- Half a small onion, minced
- minced garlic (however much you want!)
- 8-9 ounces ground beef
- 1 tbsp tomato paste
- 1 tbsp brown gravy powder
- Half cup frozen mixed veggies
- Half can Guinness
- salt and pepper to taste
- 2 cups mashed potatoes
- 24 puff pastry shells
Directions: Heat olive oil in a pan and stir in chopped onion. Saute until onion is softened. Stir in ground beef and cook for 1-2 minutes. Add in tomato paste, gravy powder and mixed veggies, stir to mix. Add Guinness and let it simmer over low heat until the gravy is thickened. (Add a little more gravy powder if it's looking watery.) Drink remainder of the can of Guinness. Remove from heat.
Bake puff pastries as indicated on the box.
Assemble: Fill each puff shell with a half tbsp of meat filling and top with mashed potatoes. Sprinkle some black pepper on the top.
The second savory pie: Pulled Pork. Yes. there is pork in there!
A preliminary verdict on the savory pies? NOM!
Time for sweet pies! First up: S'mores. Mm.
Cadbury Cream Pie. This pie? Made with hand-whipped cream. Our copywriter monkey is both talented and determined.
Pecan turtle chocolate goodness!
Shoofly! There were rumors of a bit of kosher salt in this, to mix the savory and sweet. Very nice.
Pistachio Mustachio. It's green. Also: Delicious.
You'd like a recipe for the Pistachio Mustachio pie? Well okay!
- One box of Jello pistachio instant pudding
- 2 cups of cold whole milk
- One small tub of cool whip
- Oreo cookie crust - premade
Using a hand blender or a whisk, mix the pistachio pudding mix with 2 cups of ice-cold milk into a large bowl until the mix is dissolved. The pudding will be quick set. Fold in the entire tub of cool whip. Pour the creamy green goop into the crust shell and refrigerate until you're ready to go. If it's not quite set after an hour, pop it in the freezer for a bit before serving.
Mid-pie-nomfest. We asked everyone to make their happiest nom face, but the power of pie was too hard to resist.
Timmy finally gets to dig in! A secret: He seems to prefer the savory pies. We suspect that the closeness of pork to bacon convinced him.
The voting begins! Which pie do YOU think should win?
Did you have a Pi Day celebration? Were there pies? Tell us about them in the comments.
We need something to read to keep ourselves from falling into a post-pie food coma. Eeergh.
Edits, we have them!
You've requested recipes via Twitter, and in the comments. So without further ado, we present the top two requested recipes:
Cadbury Cream Egg Pie With Oreo crust
- 1 envelope unflavored gelatin
- 1 cup cold water, divided
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 4 Cadbury Cream eggs, plus 4 ounces chocolate chips, melted over a double boiler
- 1 cup Marshmallow Fluff
- 2 cup heavy whipping cream, whipped
- 1 pre-made Oreo cookie crust
- mini Cadbury Cream eggs as garnish (optional)
In medium saucepan combine a half cup cold water and gelatin; let stand 1 minute. Cook on low heat, stirring constantly, until gelatin is completely dissolved. Remove from heat. Stir in vanilla and remaining water. Beat in melted Cadbury Eggs, chocolate, and marshmallow fluff. Chill until mixture mounds when dropped from spoon (20 minutes or so). Fold in whipped cream. Mix until fully incorporated. Plop into crust. Spread evenly and decorate with tiny Cadbury Eggs. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours. Serve cold.
S'mores (Via Pixelated Crumb)
Graham Cracker Crust
- 2 cups graham cracker crumbs (from about 16 whole graham cracker rectangles)
- 8 tablespoons (1 stick) butter, melted
- 3/4 cup heavy cream
- 3/4 cup milk
- 10 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
- Pinch of salt
- 2 eggs, whisked
- 1 bag of large marshmallows (you'll only need about half of the bag)
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (160 degrees C).
n a medium mixing bowl, mix together the graham cracker crumbs and melted butter until evenly coated. Press mixture into a 9 inch pie plate (I used a shallow pie plate and didn't need all of the crumb mixture). Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until fragrant. Keep the oven running.
In a medium saucepan, whisk together cream and milk. Warm over medium-low heat. Add in chocolate and stir until chocolate has melted and is smooth. Slowly add the whisked eggs and mix until smooth.
Pour the chocolate filling into baked pie crust. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until chocolate filling is set and does not move when pie is lightly shaken. Remove from oven.
Using kitchen shears, cut marshmallows in half. Place halves in concentric circles over the top of the pie until it's covered.
Set oven to broil. Place pie under the broiler and lightly toast the marshmallows. This can take anywhere from 1-5 minutes, so watch those marshmallows very closely!
Chill the pie in the refrigerator to set for at least 2-3 hours.
To serve, spray a knife with non-stick cooking spray and cut the cold pie into slices. While the pie can be eaten cold, it's really best when slightly warmed. Heat the pie slices in a microwave for 8-12 seconds before serving for the best results. Drizzle with chocolate sauce, if desired.
Enjoy the Pi!