Lonely Chicago Pie - Pi Day 2010

I have finally found the camera so now I can show you my Pi Day 2010 creation, the Lonely Chicago Pie (which I feel I should warn you, is neither lonely nor Chicago-related.  But it is one hell of a yummy pie.)  The recipe for this pie comes from the movie Waitress, starring Keri Russell.  Much of the story takes place in a pie diner and to that end many many wonderful and creative pies are showcased.  

If you haven't been reading ADON since its beginning you may be asking yourself why I left the "e" off the end of the word "pie".  If this is the case I refer you to my very first post, Boston Cream Pi.  Also, if you haven't seen Waitress yet I highly recommend it.

But back to the pie.  I picked this one for Pi Day because out of all of the other pies in the movie this sounded like the one I would enjoy the most.  The bottom layer of the pie is a smooth cinnamon custard.  Next comes a bright layer of fresh, smashed berries, and then it's all topped off with a thin layer of chocolatey goodness.  Sounds good, right?  Following is my recipe, adapted from this one I found on GroupRecipes.
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tbsp cornstarch
1 tbsp ground cinnamon
1 dash of nutmeg
1 egg, beaten
2 tbsp butter, melted
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups milk
1 unbaked 9-inch deep-dish pie crust
1/4 cup fresh strawberries, lightly crushed
1/4 cup fresh blackberries, lightly crushed
3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1 tsp butter

1. Preheat oven to 400F.
2. In a large bowl, combine the sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Add the beaten egg, butter, and vanilla. Mix well and add the milk.
3. Pour mixture into crust.
4. Bake for 15 minutes, then reduce heat to 350F and bake 40 minutes.
5. Top pie evenly with crushed berries, return to oven and bake 10 minutes longer.
6. Let cool completely on rack.
7. Melt together chocolate chips and 1 tsp butter, pour thoroughly over baked pie. Allow to chill in fridge before serving.

Anybody else try any of the pies seen in Waitress?


  1. Ooooh, this recipe looks like it would be wonderful. But then again, I love all things pie!

    I haven't seen Waitress. But I'm always looking for a good movie recommendation!

  2. Anyone who says they don't like pie ... well ... they're not telling the truth!

    Hey Meg ... I have a surprise for you over on my blog. You deserve it my baking friend ~j.

  3. great pie..just yummy!!


  4. I am going to make this one tomorrow! I have already made the quiche (I Don't Want Ear;'s Baby Pie) and it was to die for! Looking forward to this one!

  5. I just made this one and am posting about it on http://www.edible-cville.com. My custard didn't come out that great, kinda watery. Any suggestions? And yes, it was tasty! :)

  6. Hi Libby,
    If your custard is too watery try adding more cornstarch next time. I think an extra 1/2 tsp should be good, but that depends on how much more firm you'd like it to be.

  7. I loooove this movie and I'm dying to make this pie, but every recipe I've found for it says to add salt, but never how much. This version sounds incredible and I'd love to try it, I just don't like to guess when it comes to salt.

    I have made the Baby Screamin' It's Head Off in the Middle of the Night and Ruinin' My Life pie from Waitress for my mom and grandmother and they both loved it. I love the names of the pies.. the reactions from people when you tell them is great (:

  8. I made the marshmallow mermaid. I am trying this one now! Hope it turnd out as yummy as it sounds! !



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