15 March 2009

Pi(e) Day Party

Posted in events, food, T-boy at 10:55 pm by Tricia

Pie Makers

Pie Makers - Nov 2007

After I was reminded of its existence by a friend who sent along this post on “Nerdigras“, the family decided that on 3/14 at 1:59, we would host a Pi(e) Day Party. This appealed greatly to my math geek 11yo, as well as his party- and sweets-loving brothers. A party all about eating dessert? What’s not to love!

On very short notice, we invited 7 neighbor families and 9 school friend families. More than half came (about 30 people), most bearing pie (including pizza pie and a Serbian meat pie) – but I totally forgot to take pictures!

Great fun was had by all, so we might be making this an annual event! And even though we went to great effort to clean up and clear off the living room coffee table, and put the leaf in the dining room table, all the adults mostly hung out in the kitchen. Good thing we also cleared off flat surfaces in the kitchen! (We’re a family of pilers, so flat surfaces quickly become covered with stuff.) The dining room table did get used by the kids, and the coffee table was used today by a boy consortium playing some paper D&D style game, so it was not all for naught.

I made chocolate chip pie (favorite of T-boy and his mama) using this recipe (and a combo of Trader Joe’s and Spartan chocolate chips – sorry Nestle!), as well as pecan pie (favorite of Jonski Papa, C-boy, and Z-boy) using Grandma P’s recipe and Grandpa P’s pecans. As usual, I used the flaky buttery pastry recipe from The Heritage of Southern Cooking for the crusts.

Vi Perkowski’s Pecan Pie

3 eggs
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup corn syrup (e.g. Karo)
1/4 cup melted butter
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup chopped pecans

Beat ingredients together and pour into unbaked pie shell. Bake 45 to 50 minutes. Oven temperature: 375° F.

Had I been truly inspired, I would have made another gooseberry pie using the berries in my freezer, but I wasn’t. Jonski Papa made 2 pizza pies (a cinnamon sugar one and a pepperoni) using his sourdough crusts, and a loaf of chocolate sourdough (not a pie at all, but it was round). As I said, I don’t have pictures of this weekend’s events, but I did take photos when T-boy and Jonski Papa made pecan pie for Thanksgiving 2007, so they will have to do.

pecans, vanilla, sugar, and more sugar...

pecans, vanilla, sugar, and more sugar...

stirring, stirring, stirring...

stirring, stirring, stirring...



  1. NWHiker said,

    How fun! We had pie Saturday evening, but were at a gym meet at 1:59.

  2. Tracy said,

    I think I made that chocolate chip pie once, a long time ago. It was way too rich for me, if it’s the same recipe. My daughter, however, would love it. Maybe I should make it again.

    • Tricia said,

      We had chocolate chip pie once before kids and I remember it being heavenly and sinfully rich, moreso than this recent pie. I’m sure the setting contributed to the memories of bliss (we were cabin-camping and preparing probably mediocre meals in a tiny kitchenette) – plus that one was served warm and melty. I saw a couple of recipes with different amounts of butter (that is, more butter), but this is rather rich. Kind of like an overabundance of chocolate chip cookie. It would make a good birthday cake alternative!

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