Some friends and I decided to have a Waitress night where we made some of the pies Jenna creates in the movie Waitress and then ate them while we watched the movie.
Waitress is a movie starring Keri Russell about a woman who works at a pie diner (It also features Nathan Fillion, Jeremy Sisto, and Adrienne Shelly). Jenna (Keri Russell) has a terrible husband and a wonderful gift for making pies. She escapes her world by creating pies in her head. It’s full of memorable characters, some great quotes (both funny and sweet), and mouth watering pies.
We found someone who had already collected copy cat pie recipes for the movie (check it out here) so all we had to do was gather ingredients and start baking. We decided to each make a different pie; Emily made I don’t want Earl’s baby pie, Courtney made the Lonely Chicago Pie and I made the Marshmallow Mermaid Pie.
Now we knew we wouldn’t want to eat all three pies in one night and we wanted it to be easy to share so Courtney and I made our pies in tiny little chicken pot pie tins. One regular pie recipe made three mini pies. I was a little nervous because although I love cooking and baking I haven’t made very many pies. But all the pies we tried ended up coming out great, even though we were pie novices.
I made the Marshmallow Mermaid pie. It was very delicious, but very sweet! It was good we made it in mini size. It’s not too crazy. Basically you make a graham cracker crust, add a marshmallow filling, offset some of the sweetness with unsweetened chocolate shavings, and top it all off with colorful mini marshmallows. Here’s the recipe I used:
9 graham crackers
1/2 C. sweetened, flaked coconut, toasted
5 Tbs. butter or margarine, melted
34 lg. marshmallows (8 oz.)
1/2 C. whole milk
1 1/2 C. heavy or whipping cream
1 oz. unsweetened chocolate, grated
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Combine coconut and graham crackers in food processor until coarse crumbs form. Combine crumbs and butter with fork. Press to bottom and side of 9-inch pie plate. Bake 10 minutes and cool on wire rack. Heat marshmallows and milk in 3-qt. saucepan over low heat until smooth, stirring constantly. Remove saucepan from heat. Cool completely (30 minutes.) In large bowl with mixer at medium speed, beat cream until stiff peaks form. Fold marshmallow mixture into whipped cream with grated chocolate. Spoon filling into cooled crust. Refrigerate pie at least 3 hours or overnight. Top with mini marshmallows, maraschino cherries and rainbow sprinkles.
The other pies were amazing too. The Lonely Chicago was a delicious mix of chocolate and berries. I Don’t Want Earl’s Baby/ Bad Baby pie was a savory quiche with ham and brie (Emily gave tips for those recipes in her blog, MoviesnMayhem). A round two is definitely in order. This was so fun and there are many more pies to make.
Currently: Enjoying see my apartment decked out for Christmas and watching Jane by Design