National Pi Day is here and can be celebrated even if you aren’t much a fan of math! Pi Day falls on March 14th every year and is a celebration in honor of the mathematical constant that is the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter, also known as 3.14.
Your children will probably celebrate Pi Day in school today, but you can continue the party at home by cooking up some delicious pies. Have the kids help you in the kitchen so it can be a fun, bonding time for the entire family! Check out some of these dessert and dinner pie recipes that you can indulge in on this holiday and days after:
Indulge in a sweet peach pie with the entire family. This recipe is sure to get your taste buds singing!
- 1 package pastry for a 9 inch double crust pie
- 1 egg, beaten
- 5 cups of peaches, sliced
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- ½ cup all-purpose flour
- 1 cup white sugar
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons butter
1. Preheat your oven to 450 degrees F.
2. Line the bottom and sides of pie plate (about 9 inches) with one of the pie crusts then brush with some of the beaten egg to keep the dough from getting soggy later on.
3. Take the sliced peaches and place them in a large bowl, then sprinkle with lemon juice. Gently mix.
4. In a separate bowl, mix together the sugar, flour, nutmeg, cinnamon and salt then pour over the peaches, mixing gently.
5. Slowly pour into the pie crust, dotting with butter.
6. Cover with the other pie crust, and fold the edges under.
7. Flute the edges to seal or press the edges with the tines of a fork dipped in egg.
8. Brush the rest of the egg over the top of the crust then cut several slits in the top crust to vent steam.
9. Bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes and then reduce the heat to 350 degrees F. 10. Then bake for an additional 30-35 minutes or until crust is brown and juice begins to bubble. If the edges brown too fast, cover them with aluminum foil about halfway through baking.
11. Cool before serving then enjoy!
Classic Apple Pie
You can never go wrong with a classic apple pie! Check out this recipe for a tasty dish that is sure to impress the whole family.
- 1 recipe pastry for a 9 inch double crust pie
- ½ cup of unsalted butter
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- ¼ cup of water
- ½ cup white sugar
- ½ cup brown sugar, packed
- 8 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and sliced
1. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees F while melting butter in a sauce pan.
2. Stir the flour in to form a paste then add water, white sugar and brown sugar, and bring to a boil. Reduce temperature and let simmer.
3. Place the bottom crust in your pan then fill with apples, mounded slightly. Cover with a lattice work crust.
4. Gently pour the sugar and butter liquid over the crust.
5. Bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes then reduce the temperature to 250 degrees F. Continue baking for 35-45 minutes, until the apples are soft, then serve.
Who doesn't love s'mores?! Your children will love this delicious recipe, plus, it's a great treat for that sweet tooth!
- Graham cracker crust
- 2 boxes of chocolate cook and serve pudding
- Nutella – about ¼ cup
- ½ cup of marshmallow cream
- ¾ cup of mini marshmallows
1. See package directions to cook pudding. While it cools, spread a layer of marshmallow cream in the bottom of the pie crust. Then spread Nutella over the top of the marshmallow.
2. Pour the chocolate pudding into the pie crust; allow to cool for about 10 minutes.
3. Sprinkle the mini marshmallows over the top so that all the pudding is covered. Then place the pie under the broiler just until the marshmallows toast. Be sure to keep an eye on them so they don’t burn.
4. Cool the pie then cover and refrigerate.
Chicken Pot Pie
Check out this savory chicken pot pie recipe that will add the perfect touch to your Pi Day dinner!
- 1 cup of diced potatoes
- 1 cup of diced onions
- 1 cup of diced celery
- 1 cup of diced carrots
- ½ cup of melted margarine
- ½ cup all-purpose flour
- 2 cups chicken broth
- 1 cup half-and-half
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon pepper
- 4 cups chicken, cooked and chopped
- 2 pie crusts
1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F while sautéing the celery, carrots, onion and potatoes in margarine for 10 minutes.
2. Add flour to the mixture, mixing well, and then cook for one minute while constantly stirring.
3. Combine the broth and half and half.
4. Gradually stir into vegetable mixture.
5. Cook over medium heat constantly stirring until thickened.
6. Stir in salt and pepper then add chicken and mix well.
7. Pour into a shallow 2 quart casserole dish and top with pie shells.
8. Cut slits to allow steam to escape.
9. Bake for 40-50 minutes or until golden brown and filling is cooked through.
Get creative for Pi Day with a pie made of ground beef, nacho chips and cheese toppings for a Mexican style taco pie!
- 1 package of crescent rolls (8 ounce)
- Nacho chips
- 1 lb. ground beef
- 1 package of taco seasoning
- Sour cream
- Shredded taco cheese
1. Arrange crescent rolls in a pie pan to resemble a pie crust.
2. Brown the ground beef and mix the taco seasoning according to the directions on the package.
3. Put 1 layer of crushed nacho chips, sour cream, ground beef mixture, shredded cheese and more crushed nacho chips on top of the crescent rolls.
4. Bake at 325 degrees F for 20-25 minutes.
5. Add any other toppings after baking (tomatoes, olives, lettuce, more sour cream) then serve and indulge!
These great pie recipes can be prepared for other occasions as well, perfect to bring to a party or to have as a treat at your own get together. They’re not too difficult to make and kids can help in the process all while learning about National Pi Day.
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