Happy Pi Day!
Garret, who is in his third year of college and almost twenty-one asked me about pie today, because it is the best way to celebrate Pi Day.
Baking and math, is like all art and science – one can’t exist without the other. Baking is an art but it is also chemistry.
Now you might be thinking, “Vampires eat pie?”
Yes, sometimes when we choose to eat solid food we will eat pie. Unfortunately super sweet pies don’t go down well at all for us. But we can limit our intake, just like anyone who has food issues.
Uncle Rico’s Cheese Pie has no crust and is a nice savory pie. Mattie’s Lemon pie goes back to the 1930’s. I fix it for guests. I don’t know if you can fix it without sugar (with Spenda or other non sugar stuff.) Give it a try and let me know if it turns out.
How many people will each pie serve? 3.14159265359 x 2, give or take a few.
Uncle Rico’s Cheese Pie
This works great if you wish to reduce the recipe in half. I use silicone baking pans for this so I don’t need the cooking spray.
- Cooking spray
- 10 eggs, beaten
- 2 (16 ounce) containers cottage cheese
- 1 pound shredded Monterey Jack
- 1 (4 ounce) can diced mild green chiles
- 1/2 cup butter, melted (optional)
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup cooked crumbled bacon (optional)
- 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 -2 teaspoons dried thyme
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Prepare a 10×13-inch baking dish with cooking spray.
Mix eggs, cottage cheese, Monterey Jack cheese, green chiles, butter, flour, bacon, and baking powder together in a large bowl; pour into prepared baking dish.
Bake in the preheated oven for 15 minutes. Reduce heat to 350 degrees F and continue baking for 30 minutes (until a toothpick inserted into the center of the casserole comes out clean.
Mattie’s Lemon Pie
This is the bomb. This is the lemon pies of all lemon pies. Remember Vampires, just a tiny taste. Don’t over do it or you’ll be sicker than a Werewolf after a cat food binge.
This recipe is from the 1930’s, maybe even a little older. First you make the crust. Then make the filling. Put the lemon filling in the crust. Then make the meringue and put it on top. THEN cook it. No the meringue isn’t on the recipe. You’re already supposed to know how to make it. Whip a bunch of egg whites with a little bit of sugar until they are still. Make sure your bowl is absolutely clean. Do not use a plastic bowl. See me if you have any questions. Below are photos of what it should look like. Make peaks, not smooth meringue. Enjoy. It also is a swell pie with lime juice.
Happy Pi Day.
~ Juliette aka Vampire Maman