We must have a pie. Stress cannot exist in the presence of a pie.David Mamet, American Director
I believe pie is for every day. But, one day each year, we get an extraordinarily perfect day to indulge in this all-American classic: March 14th, Pi Day.
We’ve gathered a few of the most pleasing pie recipes to celebrate Pi Day this March (and beyond)! While some bakers can effortlessly blend mathematics with the art of pie, we’re keeping it simple. From classic pies to inventive ones, kiddie pies to decadent adult indulgences, there’s something here for every pie lover and the pie lover in us all.
Let’s get baking!
Classic Cherry Pie with Lattice Weave Crust
It doesn’t get more classic than cherry pie! This recipe ‘subtracts’ the lifeless canned cherries and ‘adds’ a vibrant blend of fresh ones. You’ll top it off with an impressive-looking nostalgic lattice crust.
Zingy Lemon Meringue Pie
Lemon meringue is another must-have classic. This pie recipe features a homemade buttery crust that perfectly ‘balances the equation’ between the tart lemon and the mouth-watering crust.
Simple Savory Pies
Chicken Pot Pie
The pre-made puff-pastry crust of this pie makes whipping up this homespun recipe up as easy as pie. Perfect for a stress-free mid-week dinner on Pi Day (or any busy weeknight when other tasks ‘add up’).
Potato, Bacon & Cheddar Tart
Okay, who’s with me here? Who doesn’t just adore potatoes, bacon, and cheddary cheese? And when combined, the flavor points increase ‘exponentially’! Hold on for the coup-de-grace: bacon is the crust here. You heard me. It truly doesn’t get more decadent than this?!
This is not your average pie! A slice of rich spaghetti pie is packed with spaghetti pasta, broccoli, Italian sausage and tons of cheese. This is the perfect crowd-pleasing dish to ‘divide’ between your family, and the leftovers are just as good (if not better!).
Anna’s Tomato Tart
Everyone has a cooking “goddess,” the Barefoot Contessa is mine. All of her recipes are tried and true, and truly delicious and easy to make, albeit with the freshest and best ingredients one can secure. With summer quick on our heels, and the bounty that it ‘multiplies’ upon us in the form of tomatoes, this recipe is one to clip for your Spring and Summer meals.
Chicken & Veggie Sweetheart Hand Pies
At a ‘fraction’ of the size of a regular pie, handheld pies are inherently kid-friendly. They’re easy to make, easy to hold, and fun to eat. This recipe for chicken and veggie hand-pies is quick to whip up, too. You can even get the kids involved in filling them and cutting out heart-shaped pies with a cookie cutter.
With only four ingredients and an endless range of Kool-Aid flavors and colors to choose from, this no-bake pie is a great kid-friendly choice all year-round. You can even match it to your child’s favorite color or get creative by swirling a few colors of the whipped cream pie ix together. It’s as easy as ‘1-2-3’!
Old Fashioned Sugar Cream Pie
There’s nothing more deliciously timeless than your nanna’s sugar cream pie. If you’ve never had a sugar cream pie (or a Chess pie, which is the chocolate version), you’re in for a sweet, caramel-y treat. It’s the perfect ‘addition’ to a homestyle Sunday dinner.
Arkansas Possum Pie
If you like creamy, layered pies, you must try this Southern classic. Possum Pie stacks layers of chocolate, cream cheese, and whipped cream on top of a nutty pecan shortbread. It’s nothing ‘less than’ perfection.
Sweet and Salty Guinness Chocolate Pie with Beer Marshmallow Meringue
Make this pie for Pi Day, and have leftovers for St. Patrick’s Day. You might think Guinness is a funny ingredient to include in dessert recipes, but don’t ‘count’ it out! The deep and rich malty flavor pairs beautifully with bittersweet chocolate and salty pretzel crust.
Sweet Italian Ricotta Pie
Sweet Italian Ricotta Pie is like a lighter, more refined version of cheesecake. This recipe’s crust is scented with bright lemon which cuts through the delicious creaminess of the ricotta. Make this to celebrate Pi Day, or the springtime holidays around the corner. What could be ‘greater than’ surprising your family with this delightful treat on Easter or Mother’s Day?