It’s 3-14, Happy Pi[e] Day!

Even if you’re no math whiz, all people out there who love food (and especially pie) have good reason to celebrate this holiday! Keep reading to get a little dose of nerdiness about pi (and pie), and learn how to make some fantastic fruit and chocolate pies!

What is pi, and how does it apply to pie?
Pi is a irrational number that is equal to 3.14159… But it usually gets rounded to 3.14, hence celebrating this holiday on March 14th.

Check out this picture for a good explanation of the practical purpose of this number.

Math Lesson: For a circle, its area is equal to pi (3.14159…) multiplied by it’s radius squared.

I know what you’re thinking. How in the heck does this apply to REAL pie, like dessert?!

Well, for any 9” pie pan, the radius is 4.5. Square the radius and multiply it by PI, and you get 63.6 square inches of PIE. Good to know.

Let’s get down to what this means for foodies, shall we? There’s an important cooking fact to see here. When recipes call for a certain size baking pan (like an 8, 9, 10, or even 12 inch circular pan), they ain’t kidding. Check out this chart about how pie surface area changes by pan size.

Even changing your pan size by four inches (which is hardly recognizable to most of us) can more than double the area of your pie! This is important because your pie will probably cook in half the time, because it’s half as thick. The moral of the story here is to make sure that you adjust your cook times and pan sizes to make the most successful pies.

Here is a list of our top 10 pie recipes to get you started! Have a very VERY Happy Pi[e] Day, foodies!

Until tomorrow, Jen

1. Razzle Dazzle Raspberry Pie

2. Rockin’ Rhubarb Pie

3. Chocolate Pecan Pie

4. Granny’s Cinnamon Toast Topped Apple Pie

5. Maple Cream Apple Pie

6. Hanukkah Ginger Torte

7. Chocolate Cream Pie

8. Mock Mincemeat Pie

9. Sugar-Free Cherry Pie

10. Montgomery Pie (Pennsylvania Dutch)

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