Today is 3/14, a date that’s come to be known as “Pi Day” because it shares its numbers with the first three digits of pi 3.14, aka the only part of pi most people can remember (good luck trying to name all those digits.)
Since it’s difficult to make a holiday about a mathematical constant used to calculate the area of a circle, most people celebrate with the other kind of pie, i.e. the tasty baked good. Pie is certainly a dessert worth celebrating, a treat that has the power to bring people together with its deliciousness.
That’s what one man found out when he was texted a photo of a freshly-baked pie…
…which, unfortunately, was not meant for him.
It was a wrong number text, meant for the baker’s sister.
But the man, who goes by the Imgur name “thehosssauce,” couldn’t resist the sight of the tasty-looking creation… and was inspired to make his own.
The stranger gave him the recipe for the pie!
Usually a text from a stranger is creepy or annoying, but in this case, thehosssauce walked away with the secret of an old family recipe. And better yet, it was something he had never made, inspiring him to try something new.
“I hit the ‘wrong number’ text jackpot!” he wrote on Imgur.
And for anyone curious enough to try this at home and make your own lemon meringue, he also included a text version of the recipe:
That is 1- 9″ Keebler Graham cracker ready made pie crust. 2 cans of carnation sweetened condensed milk. 5 lemons, 2 limes, 4 large eggs. Melt 1/4 stick of butter and baste the pie shell. Bake it at convection setting 325° for 15 minutes. Zest the lemons and the limes. The zest will be mixed with the meringue later. Seperate your room temperature egg white and yokes. Be careful not to get any yolk in with the whites. Juice the lemons and the limes. Use some of their pulp with meringue. Mix egg yolks with condensed milk. Add lemon and lime juice. Add mix to pie shell and bake at 325° for twenty minutes. Whip egg whites on high speed by themselves, without sugar until they start to peak. Add granular sugar and zest until they stand on their own and to taste. Use convection setting @450° until meringue browns nicely. Let cool for 1 hour then transfer to your fridge for another 2 hours. Enjoy.✌
After all, it’s the perfect day for it.