Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Sum-more Pi

There is no better way to celebrate any holiday, especially the nerdiest of them, than simply with dessert. Today is 3/14, otherwise known as International Pi Day. So in recognition of the notorious math symbol I made a Sum-more Pi. This easy S’more pie consists of a graham cracker crust, chocolate custard filling and of course topped with toasted mini marshmallows. It tastes like a summer campfire. Best part is it takes mere minutes to prepare and cook. You could be eating it in an hour!


GRAHAM CRACKER CRUST:
1 ¼ cups crushed honey graham crackers (about a half box, aka one package from the Honey Grahams box)
¼ cup sugar
½ Tbsp cinnamon
½ stick (¼ cup) unsalted melted butter

1.     Mix together sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl.
2.     Mix the sugar/cinnamon with the crushed graham cracker crumbs.
3.     Add the melted butter and mix until everything is damp.
4.     Dump the mixture in a prepared 9” pie pan, using your fingers to evenly coat the bottom and sides. 
5.     Bake at 400° for about 10 minutes, until the crust begins to brown.

CHOCOLATE FILLING:
1 cup (half pint) of heavy whipping cream
¼ cup flour
3 egg yolks
3 Tbsp Dutch process cocoa powder
1, .55 oz chocolate bar of your choice (I use half a milk chocolate bar, and half of an extra dark bar)
½ cup sugar
1 Tbsp melted unsalted butter
1 tsp vanilla

1.     In a double boiler add your heavy cream and chocolate bar. Stir until chocolate melts.
2.     Next add the flour and cocoa powder and combine until the lumps disappear
3.     In a separate bowl beat the egg yolks. Add to the boiler along with the sugar.
4.     Stirring constantly, cook the mixture for about 10 minutes until it is the consistency you want. The custard does not firm up much in the fridge and you will not be baking the pie once it is filled.
5.     When the custard appears finished add the butter and the vanilla. Remove the bowl from the heat, give it one last good stir and pour the filling into the graham cracker crust.
6.     Place the pie in the fridge.
7.     Once the pie is cool enough not to melt the marshmallows, place the mini marshmallows all over the top, as many or as few as you like, in any design you desire.
8.     Use a culinary torch to gently toast the marshmallows.

And just like that you have yourself a little taste of summer in the early spring. You can serve this immediately, at room temp, or chilled. I personally like it immediately, when it’s not so hot to have melted the marshmallows, but still gooey warm in the middle.

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