Happy Pi Day!
First, A story:
When I was in elementary school, I was given coupons for one free slice of pie at a restaurant called Frontier Pies. I can't remember what I was being rewarded for, but I got a coupon at least once a year for several years.
We would only go to Frontier Pies when I had a coupon, and every time I would order a slice of Cherry Chocolate Pie. I thought it was the most amazing pie in the world. Alas, one time I went in and was informed that Cherry Chocolate Pie was no longer on the menu.
A few years later the place closed (probably because they stopped serving Cherry Chocolate Pie, if you ask me) So I was unable to go in and ask them for their recipe. Subsequent internet searches have also failed.
I have tried to imitate that pie. I've tried it using different brands of instant chocolate pudding, and Cook and Serve Jello pudding. I've tried cherry pie filling from a can, and frozen cherries. One year a baker (my wonderful boss) even made me a Cherry Chocolate Pie for Christmas. All these attempt have come close, but just haven't tasted like what I remember.
For this Pi Day, I had it in my head to try a Cherry Chocolate Pie purely from scratch: homemade pie dough, a fresh bag of cherries pitted and cooked to turn into the filling, melted chocolate to make homemade pudding... And then I ran out of time. Also, cherries aren't in season.
So I bought a Kroger pre-made frozen crust, can of cherry pie filling and box of instant chocolate pudding.
Bingo. That was it. It tasted exactly right.
but, I'm getting ahead of myself. For breakfast, we had egg pie, otherwise known as quiche:
For dinner we had a vegetable pot pie. I found the recipe this year, and this is my forth time making it. It is delicious! It's super healthy (whole wheat crust!) and super easy:
We had strawberry, peach, apple, lemon meringue, pumpkin, mini ice cream pies and, of course:
The Cherry Chocolate Pie.
To start, we had our pie-eating contest:
and a winner!
Some people think pie-eating is a leisure activity:
If only there had been a question about the recipe for Frontier Pie's Cherry Chocolate Pie. I would have looked like a genius.