Today’s date can be marked as March 14 or 3.14, which is the official day for the mathematical symbol π (pi). In light of this mathematically significant day, I decided I would honor it by baking (what else of course?) a pie. Waitress, my favourite movie, just so happens to have a plethora of pie ideas to choose from, and I have seen it too many times not to try to bake one of them.
Jenna, the main character in the movie is (surprise, surprise) a waitress at a pie diner, and she is also the person who bakes and creates the pies. Throughout the movie she mentally bakes pies with unique combinations of ingredients and gives them names to reflect her mood. The pie that I chose to make was ‘Lonely Chicago Pie’, made up of blackberries and chocolate. There is a DVD set that comes with recipes for some of the pies she creates, but I sadly do not have that set. Instead, I put my thinking cap on and created this recipe:
Lonely Chicago Pie (Inspired by the movie Waitress)
Makes 1 Pie
- 1 Deep Dish pie shell (Recipe I used here)
- 5 Tbsp Dutch Processed Cocoa
- 1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp Flour
- 1/2 tsp Salt
- 50g Dark Chocolate
- 300 mL (1 can) Condensed Milk
- 4 Egg Yolks, beaten
- 1/4 cup Butter
- 340g Blackberries, washed and thoroughly dried
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly mash berries in a small bowl with a pestle or the back of a spoon. Mix thoroughly with 2 Tbsp flour and set aside.
- In a small saucepan, mix together cocoa, remaining flour, salt, and dark chocolate. Add condensed milk, yolks, butter, and vanilla, then heat over medium low while stirring constantly.
- Once the butter has completely melted, pour chocolate mixture into pie shell followed by berri es. With a spoon, carefully blend the berries and the chocolate together making sure not to scrape the raw pastry.
- Bake for 40-50 minutes or until the chocolate has centre has set. The mixture will still be slightly wobbly. Cool completely and refrigerate for at least 4 hours before serving.
Before making ‘Lonely Chicago Pie’, I watched and studied what Jenna did and added to the her pie to try to emulate her as closely as possible. Jenna may have been a pie genius, but her pie baking methodology would not hold up without the magic of movie making, unless there was something I missed. In the movie, ‘Lonely Chicago Pie’ is made by sprinkling brown sugar into the base of an unbaked pastry shell and topped with melted chocolate and mashed blackberries. I wasn’t about to make a pie that was filled with straight melted chocolate–it would just turn out to be one big chocolate puck!
Even though I don’t agree with some of Jenna’s methods, my mouth still waters every time I watch Waitress. This pie was sweet and velvety with a juicy burst of berries in every few bites. I never was a very good at it, but math sure can be delicious sometimes.