Why not celebrate Pi Day in style with some delicious homemade pie? Okay, you can buy a pie if you like. But I’m going to share a pie recipe roundup anyway. If nothing else, you’d like to look at some pretty pie pictures, right?
Celebrate Pi Day!
Did you know today is International Pi Day? It’s a day to celebrate the mathematical concept of pi. I’m not going to give you a math lesson here, but suffice it to say that pi is the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter. And if you work it out, the value of pi is an infinite number starting with 3.14 …. Get it? March 14 is the third month and the fourteenth day, which you could express as 3.14, so here we are.
You can learn more about Pi Day here, because what I really want to talk about is pie.
Appreciate Pi with Pie!
What better way to celebrate Pi Day than by enjoying some pie? Pie oh pie, how I love it. Perfect pastry, a delectable filling, whether sweet or savoury, and maybe, just maybe, a dollop of ice cream on the side (but not with my tourtière, thanks).
Here’s a collection of pie recipes I’ve posted over the years, along with some photos of pies that I haven’t yet posted on the blog. Because the next best thing to eating pie is looking at pictures of it.
And because the purpose here is to celebrate Pi Day, I’m going to limit myself to pies that are round (more or less). What better way to study the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter?
Other Pie Stuff
I’m a huge fan of a flaky pie pastry. I freely admit it: I’m a bit picky about that. There’s simply nothing like a flaky pastry. It’s always been my favourite thing about pie. I have to like the filling, of course, but I always save a piece of the crust with a smear of filling on it for my last bite.
If you’re looking for tips and a recipe, here’s one of my takes on flaky pastry.
Pie Recipe Roundup
There aren’t many pie recipes on the blog. But here’s what I have, along with some photos of other pies that I’ve made.
How About a Crostata?
Crostatas are a more relaxed take on pie making, as the crust is loosely shaped on a tray instead of fitted into a pie plate. I have two recipes. One is a classic apple crostata, lightly adapted from an Ina Garten recipe. The other is my own take, Apple Crostata with Maple Syrup, Vanilla and Ginger.
Pumpkin pie is one that everyone in my family can agree on, and it’s one of my favourites. I make mine using my own pumpkin spice blend too, to give it a signature flavour.
Chocolate Marshmallow Pie
This recipe is from Renée Kohlman’s book, All the Sweet Things, and I made it for my review of the book. Summary of the review? Go get that book! It’s full of chocolate and sweetness, and silky to boot. My granddaughters really enjoyed making it with me. We used a store-bought crust (yes, sometimes I do that and so can you if you prefer). Here’s an authorized link to the recipe. You’re welcome.
Pies Coming Sometime to the Blog
I’ve made some pies that I plan to post on the blog one of these times. In the meantime, why not look at some pretty pictures of them? Specifically, a sour cherry pie (my favourite to order in a restaurant) and a summery peach pie.
Let’s not forget the savoury pies, like this tourtière I made from a Canadian Living recipe. It’s a winter classic, especially celebrated at Christmas.
And that’s all folks … not a lot of recipes, but it only takes one to celebrate Pi Day in a tasty way!