A couple of weekends ago I watched the movie Waitress. It's a sweet fairytale about an unwanted pregnancy, Nathan Fillion, and pie. Well, not exactly, but the story of the movie (and the story behind the movie) is not what I want to talk about. What I want to talk about is pie.
Love of pie is a recent development in my gustatory life. That's not entirely true, my brother, mom, and eventually my step-dad and I were regular diners at the Baker's Square at Howe and Fair Oaks. However, back in the day, my sights were almost entirely set on Snicker's Pie. My new love of pie can be traced to the opening of Mission Pie, augmented by last summer's peach season. Yet, I never once made a pie. Even after my friend Melissa gave me a copy of the pie recipe/story book that she wrote, Big Pie Country, I never busted out the rolling pin.
Then, I saw Waitress. There was something about watching her make those pies that made me realize how exciting and creative baking can be. So the very next morning I opened up Melissa's book and found a recipe for Chocolate Banana Creme Pie. It goes something like this:
1 package of instant chocolate pudding
1-1/4 c milk
1/4 c Brandy
1/2 c chocolate chips
Cut up bananas and line the pie crust with them. Ignoring the pudding instructions, make instant pudding with milk and brandy. Melt chocolate chips and then mix in with pudding. Pour delicious drunken pudding mixture over the bananas. Chill. Eat. Be happy.