Friday is Pi-Day! You know what that means? It means that we get to eat Pie, guilt free, in the name of math. Thanks math! We wanted to create a little something that featured some great fair trade ingredients so you can celebrate Pie thoughtfully! Currently there is a big movement in the U.K in support of fair farming practices with bananas. Fortunately, even though it seems we are way behind the U.K in the fairtrade movement, you can still find fair trade bananas in certain markets! We also used fair trade chocolate to create a super rich, decadent layer. For this pie we used Equal Exchange dark chocolate and it was SO good. We found both of these ingredients at our local Whole Foods Market, which, by the way, carries so many awesome fairly trade brands. We've started making a monthly trip to Whole Foods for certain products that we can't find in our local market. It's so nice to be able to pick up all the items we want from various ethical producers in the same place. Let's get cooking!
Dark Chocolate, Cream Cheese and Banana Pie
What you'll need:
1 baked pie crust (you can find a basic recipe anywhere online but you can also buy a pre-made dough)
2 bars fair trade dark chocolate ( we used 71% but anything over 60% would work)
3 fair trade bananas (at least one very ripe)
1 8oz bar of cream cheese
3 tablespoons of milk
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
1/2 cup plus 3 tablespoons whipping cream
1. Break up 1 bar of chocolate into small pieces and place in pot over low heat. Add 3 tablespoons of heavy cream and stir continuously until melted. Pour into pre-baked crust and place in refrigerator to cool about 15 minutes.
2. Slice two bananas thinly and place on top of cooled chocolate layer.
3. Place softened bar of cream cheese, 3 tablespoon of milk, 2 tablespoons of powdered sugar and 1 very ripe banana in a bowl and mix on high speed until creamy. pour mixture on top of banana layer.
4. Whip 1/2 cup of heavy cream on high speed until it begins to thicken. Once it begins to thicken, add 1/4 cup of powdered sugar and whip until it peaks (should hold shape). Place this layer on top of cream cheese layer.
5. Using a vegetable peeler, "peel" the additional chocolate bar, vertically, to create 1 tablespoon of chocolate shavings. Put shavings on the top of the whipped cream layer. You'll be left with a lot of chocolate. You should probably eat it now so it doesn't go to waste.
6. Place the pie in the fridge for at least 2 hours to set.
7. Devour Share with friends!
So what pie are you planning on eating this Friday?! If you decide to try this recipe let us know how it turns out!