Single Serving Schadenfreude Pie for Pi Day

Revenge. Deception. Scandal.

This sounds like a listing of sins, but it's actually the television shows that I'm enjoying the most. I derive such enjoyment from these shows that sometimes it makes me wonder. How and why can I like such malevolence? These people are evil.

I guess because none of them are real. Not only can I live vicariously by seeing all the things they do that I would never do, but I can also feel happy when they get what's coming to them. A form of schadenfreude. Eventually, they get their just deserts.

Speaking of dessert! Today is March 14th or 3/14. Pi Day! The day that we celebrate π. I've only recognized Pi Day on this blog once, but not with a pie of my own.

Usually the day sneaks up on me and then it's too late. But this year I was reminded in time. Several years ago, Chris told me about this recipe for Schadenfreude Pie. I had planned to make it, but it never happened.

This year I exercised my math skills by adapting this recipe to make it single serving. The crust recipe is from the single serving cheesecake. It's such a rich and dense pie that you can only eat a small amount anyway.

Single Serving Schadenfreude Pie 
(makes one tiny pie)

Ingredients + Instructions


2 T Smart Balance softened (butter, margarine, etc.)
2 T graham flour
2 T all-purpose flour
2 T powdered sugar
pinch of salt

In a very small bowl, combine ingredients. Use your hands and press crust dough into a small ramekin.  Press the crust, so that it is a little more than halfway up the sides. I've been putting the crust in the freezer for a few minutes while preparing the filling.


2 T Smart Balance softened (butter, margarine, etc.)
2 T cocoa powder
3 T brown sugar
1 T molasses
1/4 tsp. Kahlua or other coffee liqueur
sprinkle of cinnamon
1/2 tsp. corn starch
pinch of salt

Combine the ingredients in a small bowl and spoon into the crust. Bake at 375 degrees for about 15 minutes. Cool down the pie in the freezer for about 15 minutes.

Eat and enjoy! Preferably by watching your favorite TV show and enjoying the fictional misfortune of others.

Happy Pi Day!

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Chris said…
Lisa, brilliant making single serving. Also, The crust you used for it looks amazing! How did it taste?
Lisa Johnson said…
chris - Thanks! Oh I love it! It's really good, but very rich, so you can only eat a small amount. At least me and G could only eat a small amount. I test baked it twice and we split each one. : )
Happy Pi Day Lisa. I like that it is just for one!
Chris said…
LOL. So he was write when he wrote "you really only want a small slice; too much of this pie and it’ll sit in the pit of your stomach like a rock of judgment, pulling you down. Small slice? Excellent. Big slice? You’ll regret it. Just like schadenfreude itself."

Lisa Johnson said…
val - A belated Happy Pi Day to you too! Thank you!

chris - He was completely right! : )

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