13 March 2009

Pi Day


I'd like to wish you a very happpy PI day....Thats right folks, just in case you didn't know March 14th is the official PI day and one more reason to party

Or just eats lots and lots of pie because they are in circles too.




To get you started: Pirate Coconut/Banana Pie

2 baked pie crusts (bake the crust at 425 until beginning to brown). When cool, line bottom of pies with banana slices.

Pie Filling:

In a heavy saucepan

3 cups sugar
8 TBSP cornstarch
2 small cans flaked coconut
6 TBSP butter
2 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 cups milk, evaporated milk, half n half or any combination of these
1 cup rum (alternative use 3 cups liquid and 5 drops of rum flavoring)
6 egg yolks (the egg whites can be used for your meringue)

Mix sugar and cornstarch until completely blended. Add liquid slowly and mix completely with a wire whisk. Cook, stirring continuously, over low heat until it begins to thicken. Take out a little warm filling and add to your egg yolks and mix WEL. Pour this back into your saucepan. When filling gets thick add butter and whip with your whisk until it is melted. When your filling is sufficently thick, add vanilla and coconut (reserving 2 TBSP coconut to sprinkle on meringue). Top hot filling with meringue (recipe below), sprinkle with remaining coconut. Bake at 425 until coconut is toasted and peaks of meringue are browning.

Perfect Meringue

Use a clean, dry bowl. The bowl must be grease free, because any amount of fat will wreck a meringue. Glass, ceramic, stainless steel, and copper bowls are all suitable. Plastic bowls may appear clean, but may still have trace amounts of oil; do not use them. Cold eggs separate easily, but eggs whip to a higher volume when at room temperature. The solution is to separate the cold eggs for your pie filling and letting the whites come to room temperature. Separate each egg into two small bowls, one for the white and one for the yolk, and then add the white portion to the larger bowl. This allows you to reserve any with broken yolks for another purpose. Even a small amount of yolk can deflate the egg whites, so be careful.

Add 2 teaspoons cream of tartar to the unbeaten eggs. Whip to medium soft peaks. Beat in 2 tablespoons white sugar per egg white. Continue to beat until egg whites are glossy and hold a firm peak. Spread meringue over piping hot filling, and spread to the edges to seal. Hot filling is necessary to insure that the inside of the meringue cooks, preventing weeping. The preferred baking method is one that combines high temperatures with a short baking time. This prevents overcooking the outside, and thus beading is avoided.


5 comments:

Travis said...

I'm a CAKE man as you know, but I do like pie and in honor of Pi day I'd be willing to sacrifice.

Lois Grebowski said...

Happy Pi day to you, too!

Travis - There's always Boston Creme Pie! LOL!

Jamie said...

Anyone who wants to cheat can use two large Vanilla Puddings (cooking kind only). Substitute rum for part of milk in recipe or rum flavoring

carol g said...

Oh my... another reason to eat PIE!! YUMMMMMMMMMMM

Linda said...

Now that sounds downright delicious even though I'm normally not a big fan of bananas. In this case, though, I would be willing to make an exception!

Amanda told me I should make a pie today because it was Pi Day and I told her if she wanted to empty boxes and move around furniture and stuff that I would make a pie. Needless to say - no pie!