It’s March 14th, which means here at XOXO After Dark we’re celebrating Pi Day, or 3.14. Pi Day is a day set aside to pay homage to the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter. Naturally eating a circular dessert, especially a pie, is the only fitting way to celebrate. Here are four of the most delicious pies, suggested by From Scratch author Rachel Goodman, you might try this year in descending order of yumminess. Your sweet tooth won’t be disappointed.
Number 4: Key Lime Pie
Zesty, tart, and tangy with just the right amount of sweetness. There are a few rules Key West locals adhere to when making key lime pie. First, it must be made with key limes, which give the pie a creamy yellow color, never bright green like when using Persian limes. Two, milk is forbidden; only sweetened condensed milk is allowed for the filling. And third, the crust must be made with graham crackers, never pastry.
Some of my favorite key lime pie recipes are: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/key-lime-pie-recipe1.html or http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/our-favorite-key-lime-pie-56389684
Number 3: Orange-Buttermilk Chess Pie
Delicious in its simplicity, classic in flavor, chess pie is the quintessential Southern pie. The origin of how this pie got its name is not entirely known—some say it was named for when Southern gentlemen ate this pie as they played late-night chess; others say it was named after English lemon curd pie, often called “cheese” pie, but American slang over the years has modified it to chess pie.
My favorite recipe is inspired by Denise Saade’s winning pie at the 2013 State Fair of Texas. http://www.pauladeenmagazine.com/orange-buttermilk-chess-pie-recipe/
Number 2: Mississippi Mud Pie
The name “Mississippi Mud Pie” comes from the dense chocolate cake, chocolate custard, and rich fudge sauce on top which resemble the muddy banks and bottom of the Mississippi River.
It’s decadent and sinful and perfect for the chocolate lover in your life.
Number 1: Shoofly Pie
Shoofly pie is a molasses pie that is traditional among the Pennsylvania Dutch. It was often prepared when fruit was in short supply since the gooey base is composed of such simple ingredients as molasses, baking soda, eggs, and vanilla. The pie gets its name from the sweet molasses scent that attracts flies that then must be “shooed” away.
The most traditional recipe I have found for shoofly pie: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/shoo-fly-pie-recipe.html