Saturday, March 21, 2015

A pie for Pi Day

  Bonjour guys!
           I have missed you so much! A few days ago I made a delicious chocolate pie for Pi Day and I wanted to share with you all how I made it.
I started off by making the crust. You start with a full packet of Oreos. I twisted them open and scraped out all the good white filling. I did that to all the cookies. Then I put them in a zip lock bag and took a mallet and crushed them into little crumbs. I added 6 tablespoons of butter and fully combined them and patted them into a 10 inch pie pan. I  baked it in the oven at 350 degrees for five minutes. This was the only baking I had to do.
While that was cooling I made whipped cream. I put 2 cups of heavy whipping cream in a stand mixer and mixed that while I slowly added 1/4 cup of sugar to the cream. In a double boiler I combined 1 bag of chocolate chips, 1 cup of heavy whipping cream, 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract, and a pinch of salt. Remember to use semi-sweet chocolate chips. I whisked that together until fully combined. After it cooled I took scoop-fills of the homemade whipped cream and folded it into the chocolate mixture and put it all into the crust.
My pan was very shallow so I used the extra to make another pie with a graham cracker crust. After your pie(s) are filled put it into the freezer for a couple of hours. After it is cooled spread Cool Whip on top as
almost a frosting but make sure  you can see the edges of  the pie filling.
I made a stencil of the "pi" symbol. You can make the stencil out of cardboard or use something from around the house I used a sturdy paper play as my stencil. Then put the stencil on the pie and sprinkle the Oreo crumbs on the stencil so when you pick up the stencil the symbol of pie is on top of the chocolate pie which officially makes it a Pi Day pie! If you don't want to make this pie for Pi Day you could customize it with the stencil and put whatever number, letter, initials, or symbols you want to.
I usually try ideas that I made up in my head or with my family but I got the idea to do this pie from a YouTube show called Nerdy Nummies with Rosanna Pansino. Rosanna Pansino has been a very big impact on my baking and blog. She gave me the idea to start baking and now I have a blog! But anyway I hope you enjoy this pie and share it with friends


                                           Au' revoir
                                                   Ellie








Sunday, February 8, 2015

Chicago,Chicago

Bonjour guys,
           I've missed everyone so much. Sorry I haven't blogged I've been so busy lately with back to school, activities, and alot more. Well to catch up on lost time I'd like to start with my trip to Chicago. First I want to start with how I found out about the trip. On July 4, 2014 my parents asked if we wanted to play charades so of course my brother and I said yes. While we were playing charades my parents chose to do a cub so they  tried that and my brother guessed cub, so after they did the motion of an airplane and I guessed trip. My brother guessed the Cubs baseball team and asked "are we going to Chicago?"and my parents said yes. My brother and I were so excited about it. I knew we're going to find some good places to eat there. I was excited to get on the plane and go to Chicago. When we got there we went to our hotel first and got settled in.
           The first place we visited was Eataly. At Eataly there is everything Italian all in one place. There was a gelato stand where we all got gelato and right next to the stand there was my favorite, a Nutella stand. We stayed and ate an Italian lunch. Next my family and I went to a Cub's game. There I got some delicious lemon ice which was refreshing because it was so hot. On our way to dinner we spotted a Hershey store. When I went in, it was chocolate galore. The one item I was allowed to buy was a 6 ounce Hershey kiss, it was delicious. The last and final sweet place we went to was Glazed and Infused. This is a gourmet donut place. There my mom and I got a chocolate donut, and standard donut, a sprinkled donut, and my favorite a white chocolate passion fruit donut. This was, by far,  my favorite place to go on the trip. Look down below for some pictures of Chicago and the places I went!


                                                              Au revoir,

                                                                  Ellie