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Gearing up for Pi Day March 14th

nemo Mar 6, 2010 01:11 PM

It passed me by in a flash last year. March 14 = 3/14 = pi (3.14, the mathematical equation.) I remembered to email a few friends just for the fun factor, but I was too late for the traditional gift of food -- a pie on Pi Day. This year I'm giving locally, so perishable and juicy is okay. Savory or sweet okay.

Actually, I'm looking for individual portions because I have several neighbors and offices to deal with, and I'd like to got with mini portions.

I know, any pie would work, but I'm trying to figure out how to make pi pies. Cut a template and use it to sprinkle a pi symbol on top of a lemon sponge pie with powdered sugar? I don't have a torch.

What to do on a quiche? A tediously carved red pepper pi? On mini quiches, a sprinkle of smoked paprika over a pi template?

Ideas appreciated. Thank you.

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    bear Mar 6, 2010 01:22 PM

    For double-crusted mini-pies, wouldn't just cutting the venting holes in the shape of pi work? Or cutting some extra crust using the template and putting it on top before baking, sort of like decorative crust leaves? You could bake cut-out raw crust symbols on parchment separately, and then top the finished lemon pies or quiches with them.

    Sounds like fun. I work in a school where the math dept. treats the whole staff to pie on pi day. Delicious fun.

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      Solstice444 Mar 6, 2010 02:21 PM

      I had friends who made a chocolate cream pie for Pi Day and then made a pi symbol out of whipped cream to put on the top, so that could work if you are doing any sort of open faced pie!

      1. decolady Mar 6, 2010 07:15 PM

        I use a Pi baker for baking pies. If the pie has a top crust I make a pi shaped cutout.

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        1. re: decolady
          nemo Mar 7, 2010 01:19 AM

          I could cut out little crust numbers for as far around the edge as I could go or even spiral into the center. That's a great idea.

        2. bushwickgirl Mar 7, 2010 12:41 AM

          Interesting that you should mention this, although on a completely different plane, it's national pie (not pi) month here in the US.

          Making a template and using powdered sugar or cocoa, depending on your pi pie flavor profile, will work very well. You don't need a torch unless you want to brûlée, then you won't have a defined symbol. I also like the pie crust cutouts 3.14 and paprika is great for anything savory.
          Sounds like a very nice idea, I bet not many peole are aware of Pi day.

          BTW, your query is double posted, I alerted the mods so they will probably delete the other thread, which has just one post on it, from me, copied here. You'll only have to read one thread.

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