Mommy's Kitchen - Recipes From my Texas Kitchen: Chocolate Chip Pie for " Pi Day "


Sunday, March 15, 2009

Chocolate Chip Pie for " Pi Day "

What is Pi Day? Pi, the Greek letter, uppercase Π, lower case π is the symbol for the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter. Pi = 3.1415926535... Pi Day is celebrated by math enthusiasts around the world on March 14th. Pi Day is coincidentally Albert Einstein’s birthday! (3.14) What better way to Celebrate Pi Day then to have actual Pie. I have never been good with Mathematics or numbers, but I am good with Pie. To me this is just another excuse to make a yummy dessert. I mean, an actual pie is shaped with a circle circumferences so that has everything to do with Pi. You can have any kind of pie you wish Apple, Cherry, Chocolate, Coconut, Cream Pies or Crumble Pies the list could go on forever.

My pie choice is, Chocolate Chip Pie with Homemade Whipping Cream. I made this pie last year when I first started my blog. So I thought i would let this wonderful pie make it's debut again. I just found out about pie day a couple days ago. I apologize for not getting this post up on the actual Pi day, but it has been crazy around our house. We have been dealing with a really sick kiddo and his asthma, so needless to say Carson and I are not getting much sleep at all. They have changed his meds up some so, by day he is so hyped up which does not help his coughing episodes. He is slowly getting better. This pie immedietly came to mind when I thought which pie would be the perfect pie to celebrate Pi Day. To me this is the pie that comes pretty close to perfection. The whipping cream takes it over the edge. Mackenzie was so proud of herself when she helped me make this pie, that she got the first piece.



Umm, this pie looks like one great big chocolate chip cookie. Good by itself but hundreds times better with the topping.





Chocolate Chip Pie

2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
1 cup (2-sticks) unsalted butter, softened
1 1/2 cups packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
3 large eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
3 cups semisweet chocolate chips
2 cups chopped walnuts, optional


Whipped cream:

2 pints (4-cups) heavy cream
1/4 cup confectioners' sugar
1/4 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease 2 (9-inch) pie plates; set aside. In a large bowl, sift together the flour, salt, baking soda, and baking powder. In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream together butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating until incorporated. Beat in the vanilla. Add flour mixture, a little at a time, and mix until fully combined. Fold in the 3 cups chocolate chips and, if desired, the walnuts. (I did not use nuts my kids so not like them. Divide the dough between two prepared pie plates and smooth the tops with a spatula.Bake about 30 minutes or until pies are golden and slightly firm to the touch but still soft. If the pies begin to darken too much before they are baked through, cover with foil and continue baking. Let pies cool completely on a wire rack. While the pies cool, whip the cream and confectioners' sugar until soft peaks form (tips curl). Fold in the chocolate chips. Refrigerate whipped cream until ready to use. Spread the whipped cream over the pies and serve.

*This recipe yields two pies. If you just want one cut the recipe ingredients in half *


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Recipe courtesy of: Paula Deen Online

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13 comments:

Heather said... #

Oh, your chocolate chip pie sounds so good! And with homemade whipped cream on top, fantastic! What a fun day to celebrate, I made a lemon meringue for our family's celebration. :-)

Sonya said... #

Oh yum this looks fantastic!

Heidi said... #

Your pie looks great:) You can't go wrong with chocolate. I totally understand your sleepless nights. My 2 1/2 year old Chase also has asthma and I dread the days of every 4 hours around the clock breathing treatments... luckily he is feeling better(he was sick last week), so for right now I'm only having to do his preventative.

Mommy's Kitchen said... #

Heidi i am so glad Chase is doing better. I thought i could put the breathing machine up for a bit. I was wrong we have been battling this since 1/31 ugh I get him better and he comes down with something else that triggers the asthma. Yesterday they just changed his nebulizer meds to a preventative medication throught the nebulizer twice a day + his ear infection isnt gone so another anitibiotic. They have him on cough meds with codiene poor kid he is so medicated.

Stephanie said... #

Yum, it looks so delicious! I didn't celebrate pi day this year, but I will definitely try to remember next year - any excuse to make a delicious pie!

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Crazy About Cakes said... #

Wow! The pie looks incredible. I think I will have to give it a try.

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Sara said... #

I never need an excuse for chocolate chips, this pie looks delicious!

Teresa Cordero Cordell said... #

I'm waiting for my piece of the pie in the mail. You did send it, right??? :p I love pie. I also love Albert Einstein. I wear an AE sleep shirt to sleep in. Math is Cool! So is pie. So are you.

Live.Love.Eat said... #

I have never had choc chip pie but I am sure I would like it by the looks of it!!!!

Ingrid said... #

Hope your babyboy is feeling better!

That pie looks fabulous!! I'm printing out the recipe and slapping that bad boy on top! While I haven't tasted it (yet) I can totally see how the topping makes it.
~ingrid

redkathy said... #

Hi Tina, I'm gonna try the chocolate chip pie... I'm not much of a baker. Think I can handle this one though ;)

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