Today is National “Pi” Day (3.14 get it??). A day when mathematicians and bakers come together to rejoice in pies and pie, ratios and fillings! Pi represents the relationship between a circle’s diameter (its width) and its circumference (the distance around the circle).
Unlike most “National” holiday’s, this one is really a congressionally legislated holiday. That’s right! Even Congress agrees that everyone should bake a pie in honor of National Pi Day. Well not exactly, but everyone agrees that the best way to celebrate this day is to bake a pie. So, whether your a mathematician or gourmet chef celebrate National “Pi” Day by baking a delicious Black Bottom Pie. This recipe comes from Guy Fieri’s Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives visit to Pizza Palace in Knoxville, TX.
Black-Bottom Pie (makes 1 10″ Pie)
- 1 oz Semisweet Chocolate, finely chopped
- 3 c Whole Milk, divided
- 3 Large Eggs
- 1/2 c plus 2 T Cornstarch
- 3/4 c Sugar
- 2 T Unsalted Butter
- 1/8 t Salt
- 1 t Pure Vanilla Extract
- 1 10-inch Prepared Graham Cracker Crust
- Whipped Cream, optional
- Put the chocolate in a medium bowl. Set aside.
- In another bowl, whisk 1/2 c milk, eggs, and cornstarch until smooth.
- In a medium saucepan, whisk together the rest of the milk w/ sugar, butter, and salt. Bring just to a boil over medium heat. Slowly whisk in the egg mixture. Continue to cook, whisking constantly, until the mixture just comes to a boil and is very thick. Remove from heat, add vanilla and 1/2 of the custard to the chocolate.
- Whisk the chocolate custard until smooth and pour into crust. Set aside until custard is set- about 20 minutes. Then spread the remaining custard on top. Refrigerate until chilled and set- about 2 hours.
- Serve with whipped cream, if desired.