I love baking. I love math. I love Pi Day! When cooking/baking, I usually just try to make it taste good, but this year I wanted to make something that looked cool and tasted great. I was inspired by the recent “cookie within a cookie” brilliance, and I decided that I needed to figure out how to put π into a pie.
I used SmittenKitchen’s crust recipe as a guide (from the Brownie Mosaic Cheesecake, which is amazing! http://smittenkitchen.com/2007/08/alexs-choice/.)
8 ounces chocolate flavored animal graham crackers, finely ground
8 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1/2 cup sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
1. Preheat oven to 350.
2. Add chocolate graham crackers, sugar, and salt to bowl of food processor; process until fine.
3. While the food processor is running, drizzle in the melted butter.
4. Once you have a uniform mixture, dump the mixture into a 9-inch pie plate.
Once you’re happy with your crust, bake it for ~8 minutes at 350. Allow to cool.
She uses an Oreo crust – I’m sure it’s delicious, but I wanted something lighter.
1 cup creamy peanut butter
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 ¼ cup powdered sugar
8 ounces Cool Whip, thawed (I would have tried to substitute whipped cream, but she insisted that you use Cool Whip in order to achieve the proper texture. I listened.)