One thing I love about celebrating Pi(e) Day is that it always inspires me to think outside the pie plate, as it were. Something about this day gets my creative juices flowing. This year, I have been inspired to bring you not one but two fabulous pies! Last week I shared cinnamon bun pie (totally still drooling over that, by the way). After that I was feeling something more on the fruity side of the pie spectrum, but not your typical traditional pie crust + standard fruit filling. After extensive thought partly inspired by my recent stockpiling of passion fruit puree from the Latin grocery store, the idea of a passion fruit mousse pie just stuck with me.
Passion fruit is such an irresistible flavor to me. The sweet tartness of it and its intense fragrance is unlike anything else, but it can also be easily overpowered by other more dominant flavors. Ultimately I kept the flavors here simple to let the passion fruit shine. The chocolate crumb crust and dark chocolate ganache layer on the bottom serve to complement the silky smooth passion fruit filling. The fresh passion fruit seeds for garnish aren’t absolutely essential but if you can find fresh passion fruit, I really recommend using them. They add a nice brightness that is the perfect finishing touch to this deliciously unique pie.
PS – Shout out as always to my incredible high school calculus teacher Mr. Strawn! He rocked pi like nobody’s business. This one is for you!