Pi day approaches!

This is my first year teaching Math since….the 1999-2000 school year when I was a 3rd grade teacher, and had a class full of eager 8 year olds.  Now I’m the captain of the 5th grade Math ship which docks in room 210 of our school building.  In other words, I have a class full of eager 10 year olds awaiting my Pi Day (3.14…March 14…get it? ;)) lesson on Monday.  8 of the 18 of them have signed up to bring in a pie for this celebration.  Here’s the recipe for a pie that I would like to contribute to the festivities.  What kid doesn’t love a good Grasshopper Pie, right?!  Grasshopper Pie has a chocolate cookie crust filled with a minty green mousse.  The silliness of this pie chases away the winter doldrums (along with this weekend’s insanely rainy weather).

Grasshopper Pie

For the chocolate cookies:

  • 1 ½ cups flour
  • ¾ cup cocoa
  • 1 ¼ teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 12 tablespoons butter
  • 1 ¼ cups sugar
  • 1 egg
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

Mix together the flour, cocoa, baking powder, and salt.  Mix together the butter and sugar until creamy. Add the egg and vanilla.  Fold in the dry ingredients.  Drop onto a lined sheet pan and press to flatten.  Bake at 375 for 5-10 minutes, or until dry.  Cool, then crush into crumbs.

For the crust:

Mix together the cookies, chocolate, and butter. Press into a pie plate.

For the filling:

  • 2 teaspoons gelatin
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 3/4 cup green creme de menthe
  • 1 drop of green food coloring
  • 18 ounces white chocolate, melted
  • 3 eggs, separated
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream, whipped

In a small saucepan, soften the gelatin in the water.  Add the creame de menthe and heat just until the gelatin is dissolved.  Whisk the gelatin into the melted chocolate.  Whisk in the egg yolk.  Continue stirring with the bowl set over a bowl of ice water, until the chocolate thickens.  Whip the egg whites to peaks and fold into the chocolate.  Whip the cream to soft peaks and fold into the chocolate.  Pour into the chocolate cookie crust and chill for at least an hour until serving.

More on Pi Day tomorrow!

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