Happy Pi Day! It’s March 14 (or 3.14), and I like to celebrate by all things Pi… or pie… the latter tends to taste a little better.
First we started with some chicken pot pie, then I made a butterscotch pie. The pie was a collaboration between two grandmothers. The recipe came from my husband’s grandmother’s cookbook. He has it photocopied and stored, and has notes on some of the recipes, like “Dad likes this”, etc… but next to the butterscotch pie is “Sandy’s Fav!!!” The extra exclamation points are for dramatic effect, I guess. Here’s the recipe:
- 1 c brown sugar
- 1 tbsp corn starch
- butter the size of an egg
- yolks of 2 eggs (reserve whites for meringue)
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 2 cups milk
- dot a little salt if desired
- up to 1/2 c sugar for meringue
And that’s the recipe. No directions or anything. After talking to my grandmother, this is what I could come up with:
Combine your pie ingredients into a microwave safe bowl. On about 70% power, microwave until it starts to boil, stirring every few minutes. Once it starts to boil and thicken, stir it and return to the microwave for another few minutes. It should look like this:
For the meringue, it works better if the whites have aged. If you can’t age them for a day or so, at least wait 30 minutes. They turn out much better if they are at room temperature (**note** cold eggs separate more easily than warm ones, so do that first, and then leave the whites to set for a bit). Being by beating the eggs until they get foamy, then gradually add up to 1/2 c sugar (1/4 c for each white). You may not need all that sugar. The meringue is ready when peaks form.
Now… because I worked all day today, I didn’t make my own pie crust. I bought frozen. Normally, you just throw the pie in the over at 350° until the meringue browns. However, it didn’t quite work out for me today. I had more of a butterscotch pudding than a pie. I am going to try it again this weekend, and let you know what changes need to be done. If I remember correctly from the last time I made the pie, I doubled the amount of cornstarch in the recipe.
At least someone liked the pudding.
And as an extra little tidbit… here’s a sneak peak of what I’m currently knitting. It’s an entrelac baby blanket for our new arrival in a few months’ time. I’m really excited, because it’s coming together nicely!
I hope you enjoyed your pi (pie) day. What’s your favourite kind of pie?