Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Celebrating Pi Day with a Chocolate Peanut Butter Layer Pie

Did you celebrate National Pi Day? We sure did, being married to an engineer sort of "demands" that we do! Besides, I sure enjoy a good "geek-out" now and then! So, I made up my mind to make a pie for dessert! :) But it sure was a messy adventure!

So, a few of you know that I keep up another blog (or two) and the details for how to make this pie, including the recipe can be found: http://lovinlowcarbrecipes.blogspot.com/2011/03/chocolate-peanut-butter-layer-pie.html at my Lovin' Low Carb: Recipes & More Blog.  (I know this way of eating is not for everyone, but it works for my husband and I, we lose weight, keep it off, and feel great!) So, this is a low carb version of this pie, I am SURE that if you wanted to use regular high carb ingredients, that it would turn out just as well! :) 

Here's the final product-- please don't laugh yourself silly over my lack of cake decorating skills... I definitely tried-- but I am sure a 2nd grader could have done as well! 

All pictures are borrowed from my Lovin' Low Carb blog
The biggest mess of them all though was the crust. I found what looked to be a great recipe for an almond flour crust, and I tried it out. I SHOULD have read the reviews/comments... but noooooo, I just plunged head-long into making this mess crust. 

The original recipe called for 1 1/4 cup of almond meal/flour and 2/3 cups coconut oil. I thought... hmmm, that seems like a lot, but I went for it. And it looked fine, I even patted it up the sides of the pie pan to make a "true" pie crust. Then about 5 minutes into the baking I took the following picture, and realized there might just be a problem:
Startin' to melt... um, this can't be good...
Apparently the amount of oil was too high, but I gave it another 5 minutes (just in case) and here was the result:
a bubbly, soupy mess...
A better perspective... it nearly bubbled over...

So, I mixed in more almond flour (about a cups worth) and was happier with the drier consistanacy and put it back in for another 15 minutes (thus the super dark edges-- but not burned, I do not burn things - I BROWN them!! LOL). Next time I am definitely going to cut back the oil to 1/4 cup (thinking that's about right since my crust was still a bit "soft" once it had come back to room temperature).

The end result was definitely yummy, and definitely worth it, but I sure learned a few lessons!! :)

A profile picture... besides the too thick crust, it was great! :)

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  1. That's something that would have happened to me! Link this yummy mess up at my Tuesday Time out party!



  2. I'm so glad it turned out in the end! Don't you just hate it when you try a new recipe (or even an old one for that matter) and it doesn't turn out?


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