Recipe #8: Pi Day Pie
Pi Day is a holiday that commemorates the mathematical constant π (pi). It’s observed on March 14th because the date’s format adhere’s to the most used approximation for π – 3.14. Created by physicist Larry Shaw in 1988, the first celebration took place at the San Francisco Exploratorium where people marched around in a circle and then ate pie.
We’re not so sure about the marching part (no judgement here), but eating pie appeals to us more. Because really – if you had to choose between solving math equations and walking around in a circle or eating pie, you’d choose the pie. And the cherry on top? A little extra digging around revealed that today also happens to be National Potato Chip Day and part of American Chocolate Week.
So naturally, we’ve decided to combine all three holidays into one very special recipe! Our concoction – a chocolate pie with potato chip crust – is the perfect trifecta of salty, sweet, and rich. You’ve got to try it to believe it.
1 1/4 cups finely crushed potato chips
1/2 cups finely crushed chocolate wafer cookies
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 1/2 cup sugar
3 Tbsp cocoa powder or 1 oz baking chocolate, melted
3 Tbsp butter, melted
3/4 cup evaporated milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp salt
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Combine potato chips, shortbread cookies, and melted butter in a large bowl. Press firmly into an un-greased 9″ in pie pan and bake for 7 minutes. Remove and cool slightly.
3. Mix sugar, cocoa powder (or baking chocolate), eggs, milk, butter, evaporated milk, vanilla, and salt until smooth. Pour the filling into the pie crust and bake for about 45 minutes or until set. Let cool completely before serving.