We interrupt our regularly scheduled programming to bring you a special Pi Day edition of Plain Jane in a Party Dress favorites on this 3.14 2016.  That’s right people!  We’re talking Pie!  Here are my top five favorite recipes, in no specific order.

1.  Nellie and Joe’s Key Lime Pie – this is the one I made to celebrate Pi Day and a colleague’s birthday this year.  It is his favorite and my Father-in-law’s as well which makes it a staple for Father’s Day in my house!  I add a little lime zest (using my Pampered Chef Microplane)’ maybe a teaspoon or two, to the recipe to give it a little extra punch and top it with some lightly sweetened whip cream that I make in an ISI whipper.

2.  Buckhead Diner White Chocolate Banana Cream Pie – This is heaven right here.  The layers of banana and white chocolate are just amazing.  There is a lot of effort needed to make this pie, but it is truly worth the effort.

3.   Classic Apple Crumb Pie – This is a family favorite that gets pulled out of the recipe box every fall.  I love apple pie fresh from the over with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.  For the last few years I’ve actually been using  mini pie pans instead of one large one.  They allow for perfect portion control and they’re gone before the crust gets soggy.

4. Pumpkin Pie – This Thanksgiving Staple reminds me of my dad.  He preferred to have apple pie, but grew the most delicious sugar pumpkins for me.  Yes I know canned pumpkin is easier, but the flavor provided by a freshly roasted sugar pumpkin in unparalleled.  I just went back in the archives and I cannot believe I’ve never shared my recipe with you!  It is very easy.

2 cups fresh cooked pumpkin, puréed

2 large eggs

1/2 cup brown sugar

1 can sweetened condensed milk

2 tablespoons butter

3/4 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ginger

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

1/2 teaspoon cloves

Mix it all together and pour into a pie shell.  Bake at 425 degrees for 15 minutes.  Lower the hear to 350 degrees and bake for 40 minutes until a knife inserted into the center comes out clean.  Try adding some of the crumb topping from my apple pie recipe after the first 15 minutes for an extra special treat!

5.   Chocolate Cream Pie – I would be crazy not to include a chocolate pie in the top 5, but I was waivering between this one and a chocolate pecan pie, the recipe for which I picked up along the way at UGA.  However, since we are headed to warmer months I think this one fits perfectly into the season.  I use the linked recipe as my guide, swap out the chocolate cookie crust for graham cracker crust and mix up the chocolates a bit.  I prefer a mixture of milk and semisweet.  I don’t dare show up at my sister-in-laws on Easter Sunday without this pie.

So happy Pi Day everyone!