Project Pie: I'll be baking 24 pies before Pi Day 2016 to get over my fear of baking pies. And to eat delicious things. You can join me by posting about your pies in the comments or tagging your twitter, instagram, or facebook posts with #projectpie. Make something scrumptious and gooey!
Sometimes it is 9:00 on a Saturday night, and you're using a vegetable peeler to shave chocolate onto a pie that has taken you entirely too long to make for your neighbors because they are so nice and help you out when you can't get the oil filter off the riding lawn mower and tell you what to do when your carbon monoxide monitor is going off and you can't figure out why and walk the dog when you get home later than you thought and are simply your surrogate parents up here in the (rural suburban) wilds of Vermont, and you are rushing out the door with a freshly topped pie so that you don't get to their house later than is acceptable to drop off a fresh pie on a Saturday night, and you realize that it's gotten dark since you started this endeavor and you haven't taken any photos of the finished pie, and though the pie was created as a thank you, it is also part of your pie project and you must take photos of it, and so you slap it down on the dining room table and take a couple terrible photos and run out the door into your car because walking the 0.2 miles to your neighbors' house would take too long, so you drive, holding the pie in one hand while steering with the other, and for a moment you wonder if this is completely ridiculous, if anyone actually makes pies for their neighbors anymore, and then you see the look of surprise and delight on your neighbor's face and you get a hug and you realize this is why you wanted to live in a neighborhood in the first place, and you drive home and make yourself a little snack out of the leftover ingredients and eat it over the sink.
Because sometimes that's how pie-making goes.
Adapted from First Prize Pies
6 full sheets of graham crackers
5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1. Crush up the graham crackers in a plastic bag with a rolling pin or whirl them in the food processor until they are finely ground.
2. Pour in the melted butter and mix with your hands.
3. Press the mixture into a 9-inch pie pan and chill in the fridge.
1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk
1. Remove the label from the can of sweetened condensed milk.
2. Place the unopened can on its side in a pot of water deep enough to cover the can with at least 2 inches of water.
3. Bring the water to a boil and allow the can to boil for 2-3 hours. IMPORTANT: Do not let the water level fall below the can. The can must remain submerged or it could burst.
4. Remove the can from the water with tongs and allow the can to cool COMPLETELY before opening (or it could shoot hot dulce de leche at you).
Putting it Together
1 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
1/4 cup sugar
Shaved dark chocolate (optional)
1. Into the chilled graham cracker crust, spread the now-cooled dulce de leche (made from the condensed milk).
2. Top with rounds of the bananas.
3. With a mixer, whip the cream with the sugar until stiff peaks form. Spread on top of the bananas.
4. Top with shaved chocolate.
Keep in the refrigerator. Best eaten within 2-3 days.
Though I didn't have a piece of the pie, my neighbors reported good things, and my little snack made up of the components was divine. Also, all I want to do all the time now is make my own dulce de leche and eat it out of the can.