Thursday, March 14, 2013

3/14 It's Pi (or Pie) Day!

If you are like our mom you are not a fan of Pi as in the tricky  math and the number or 3.14159265..... that never ends.   However, like most people she does like Pie, as in the tasty treat, and every year around March 14 she makes one.  Last year mom was feeling English and made Tweed Kettle Pie and Banoffee Pie.  This year she decided to think more Irish, for St. Patrick's day.

The resulting Grasshopper Pie is not even remotely Irish, its actually American, probably from the South, but it is a pretty St Patty's Day green.   Its also a boozy pie with chocolate so not for sharing with any pups, but  appropriate for a drink loving Holiday and its super easy.

Grasshopper Pie  from Nigella Lawson

28 oreo cookies
1/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
3 tbsp melted, unsalted butter

3 cups mini marshmallows
1/2 cup whole milk
1/4 cup Creme De Menthe
1/4 cup Creme De Cacoa
1 1/2 cups heavy cream
green food coloring, a few drops

In the food processor grind 27 of the cookies and the chocolate chips to  crumbs.

Add the melted butter and mix well.  Press into a 9 inch glass pie pan
Place in the freezer while you make the filling.   Put the marshmallows and milk in a sauce pan over low heat 

and stir until the milk is foamy and the marshmallows have mostly melted, do not boil!  Remove from the heat and transfer to a heat proof bowl.  Whisk until the marshmallows are completely melted.  Then whisk in the creme de menthe and the  creme de cacoa.
Put the marshmallows in the refrigerator to cool while you beat the cream  with an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment until soft peaks form.   Pour in the cooled marshmallow mix and beat in until it thickens, it will be pretty soft so don't worry if it doesn't get very thick.  Lastly, beat in a few drops of green food coloring.
Pour the filling into the pie and top with a crumbled oreo.
Refrigerate, covered with foil, for four hours OR if you want to make it in advance freeze it uncovered for a few hours and then wrap it well in plastic wrap and tin foil and keep in the freezer for up to three months.  When you want to serve it place it in the refrigerator over night to thaw.

If you are interested in some other Irish inspired deserts here is a link to some Chocolate Stout cupcakes we have made (with a bonus recipe for beef dog biscuits included).

Finally for Pie Day I have to post this video from one of my favorite shows, the pie celebrating Twin Peaks.  Heres Agent Cooper enjoying some Cherry Pie.   The perfect TV show to watch on Pie Day.


  1. Oh that sounds so good....loaded with calories, but soooooo good!

    Hap-Pee ThursDay!


  2. That is just the ticket for St Pats' Day. Yummy. We have to get our peeps to make us something now for the big day. Have a terrific Thursday.
    Best wishes Molly

  3. Yum Yum. I'm all a drool over it.

  4. We don't really know what it would be like to live in a house where the mom cooks.
    stella rose and mags

  5. Oh my Dog! That looks like our kind of pie!
    You should have your own food channel :)
    Dip Bridge and Elliot x

  6. Wow, my Mom is drooling all over my Mr Dell! She loves that minty stuff. Too bad about the chocolate or I'd be drooling too. BOL Thanks for the recipe!
    Grr and Woof,
    Sarge, COP

  7. I am NOT fan of Pi but yes, love Pies :-)
    The grasshopper pie looks yummy and pretty color!

  8. You're killing me here!!! I want that pie!!! I don't cook but I do eat!!:)

  9. In this household we appreciate all sorts of pi(e)s. But especially the steak and kidney variety.
    Toodle pip!

  10. Oh that looks yummy, you are naughty putting all these fattening things on, I'm never gonna get slim :) Love the new header xx00xx

    Mollie and Alfie

    lets have how to make lettuce taste divine next week :)LOL x

  11. Ooooh! I think we need a pug-friendly version because that pie looks delish! How about subbing some salmon kibble for the oreos? Would that work? :)

    Ping and Tubby - you two look very cute in your matching St. Patty's Day outfits!


  12. Tweed Pie sounds like a pie for me!

  13. grasshopper pie! how delicious! I thinks I likes any food with the word "pie" in the name. Actually comes to thinks of it... I love any kinds of food not just Pies.


  14. I love those adorable outfits! You always dress your furbabies so cute! The grasshopper pie recipe really looks tempting. Lately we have been stuck on cherry pie (the frozen variety) and bake one every weekend.

    To comment on your post to us - we have a meltdown every now and then between two of the little girls for no apparent reason. We do not ever leave them unsupervised. We usually keep more Nylabones down than we have dogs. Everyone has their place to go to for meal times and I usually stand in the middle of the room to ensure no one decides to leave their place until all bowls are empty and picked up. We don't allow any rough play because it will get out of hand. When they get play time in the pasture to run they play chase, fetch balls, and just enjoy a little freedom but we still supervise them constantly. It is a lot of work.

    Looking forward to your St.Patrick's Day Post!

    Nina, Myshka, Sasha, Betsy, Phoebe, Lily, Paris, Punkin, Annabelle, and Lucy

  15. Love Nigella Lawson, Mum and I are addicted, the cooking show with the grasshopper pie was on a few days back and Mum really wanted to try it but alas we are a "dry house" so no alcohol to make it with and Mum refuses to get a big bottle of booze for just one pie! I tell her she needs to get a grip of herself and get to baking! Looks super yummy, I'm going to sit and drool for a while as I gaze longingly at the green glare of goodness that is your grasshopper pie! Mmmmmmmmm.... Love Frank XxxxX

  16. That looks great! Mom said she wants to try both the grasshopper and banoffee pie.