Maybe Matilda: Pi(e) Day and Simple Hot Fudge Sauce Recipe

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Pi(e) Day and Simple Hot Fudge Sauce Recipe

I’m pretty lame when it comes to holidays. I don’t do much decorating (this past Christmas was actually the first year we’ve ever put up a tree), I don’t have traditional recipes I make each year, and I don’t make my child a special holiday outfit to wear. I have nothing against any of that, I’m just lazy and cheap and can’t seem to get excited about spending weeks creating handmade holiday decorations only to take them down again 2 weeks later. I know, I’m a grinch. Sorry.

But a semi-made-up holiday all about pie? Now THAT is a holiday I can get behind.


Speaking of Pi Day, I was very disappointed by the conspicuous absence of a solid Rebecca Black “Friday”/Pi Day parody. Don’t even waste your time youtube-ing it. Internet, you have let me down!

We celebrated Pi Day yesterday with this Frozen Peanut Butter Cheesecake Pie (recipe here), which was a-freakin’-mazing. It’s not really the first thing that comes to mind when you think “pie,” but Jeff always, without fail, requests cheesecake if I give him dessert options, and the poor boy’s been working those adjust-y fingers to the bone lately, so I figured a cheesecake pie was the least I could do. Well, the very least I could do would be nothing, which is what I normally do. So this was the second-least I could do.

The pie was so, so tasty, and I really wanted to make homemade hot fudge sauce to top it off. I have nothing against store-bought hot fudge (I have certainly been known to eat it straight from the jar), but homemade is definitely better, and definitely less expensive. Most of the hot fudge recipes I looked at called for a lot of ingredients that I don’t normally have in the house—I try pretty hard, actually, to not keep standard dessert ingredients like baking squares or chocolate chips or heavy cream on hand because I really don’t need to give in to my 10:30 at night “let’s make cookies! A lot of them! RIGHT NOW!” whims—but I remembered a recipe from a neighborhood cookbook Jeff’s mom gave me (the absolute best cookbook I own, actually . . . everything I’ve made from it has been delicious). It uses normal, pantry staple ingredients that even a non-pantry-stocker like me tends to have sitting around, and oooooooh, it is good. And it was contributed to the cookbook by someone named Margie, and I really feel like I can trust recipes from a person named Margie. That just sounds like the name of somebody who can really cook, am I right?

Simple Hot Fudge Sauce

6 tablespoons margarine or butter

2 cups powdered sugar

1/3 cup cocoa powder

1 cup evaporated milk

Melt butter/margarine in saucepan. Add sugar and cocoa and mix well. Add evaporated milk gradually, whisking until smooth. Bring to a boil over medium heat and cook, stirring constantly, about 5 minutes.


Mmmmm. Thick, rich, delicious hot fudge. No unusual ingredients, no emergency run to the grocery store, no way to accidentally ruin the recipe. Simple and delicious. Thank you, Margie, whoever you are.


  1. Isn't Pi Day just the best? Also, I love that our titles today are so similar. :)

    lace, etc.

  2. I love the holidays that have no strings attached and no expectations--like Pi day and Chinese New Year, Cinco de Mayo, vaginal births (just threw that in based on your last post) and the like... I enjoy finding small ways to celebrate that are unexpected and fun.

    And yeah, you sound slightly grinchy about Christmas. You'd better get in the game. J/k. Kind of. ; )

  3. Oh my gosh. I'm literally salivating, wondering if my Hubby would mind spending his diet "cheat" this weekend in this hot fudge sauce. I don't even need anything to put it on. Just give me a spoon!!

    And yes, I think one can always safely assume that the Margies of this world can certainly cook. ;)

  4. WHAT?! There's no Rebecca Black Pi Day parody? You should totally do one for next year. I'll sing back up.

    Moving on, can you send me some of that cheesecake pie? And you said you can't bake. Psh. (Granted this would be considered "freezing", but still, psh.)

  5. Way to go Betty! I love that you celebrate pi day. Too funny!

  6. Handmaking holiday decorations are worthwhile if you leave it up for 3 months like I did...still haven't taken down that wreath... My expect my Easter decorations will stay up until 4th of July, then the star-spangled stuff will stay up until Thanksgiving - makes decorating easy :-)

  7. don't even need anything to put it on. Just provide a scoop.The best uk site afghan recipe book


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