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Yes, there is a day just for eating and celebrating the joys of pie making: March 14. I encourage everyone to make a pie on pi day; or come to our pie class.

I am celebrating Pi Day with an old-fashioned bright green pie that makes me think of spring. Grasshopper Pie has a chocolate cookie crust filled with a minty green mousse. The silliness of this pie chases away the winter doldrums.

Grasshopper Pie

For the chocolate cookies:

  • 1 ½ cups flour
  • ¾ cup cocoa (I prefer Valrhona)
  • 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 crème 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.

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