Happy Pi Day, everyone!  You may think I’m a nerd for 1) knowing when Pi Day is, 2) knowing what Pi Day is, or 3) actually celebrating Pi Day.  Well, 1) I am a nerd, 2) see #1, and 3) why would I pass up an opportunity to make pie?  But this – this is not just any pie, folks.  This is peanut butter banana cream pie with hot fudge sauce.

I must admit that the first time I had a more traditional banana cream pie, I was a bit surprised that filling was nothing more than sliced bananas with vanilla pastry cream.  I guess I had been expecting, well, banana-flavored pastry cream.  Don’t get me wrong, I like pretty much everything involving pastry cream, but this pie is more what I had been imagining the first time around.  The banana liqueur makes the pastry cream actually taste like banana, and it is heavenly.  As if that weren’t enough, there is a layer of peanut butter on the bottom, freshly whipped cream on the top, and it is served with a generous drizzle of hot fudge sauce.  Fo’ shizzle.  This pie is not messing around.  Just one more pretty great reason to celebrate Pi Day.

Once again, I would like to dedicate this pi(e) to the world’s best calculus teacher (and almost certainly the world’s best teacher period), Mr. Strawn.