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Pi Day coming up!

Since we are off this coming Thursday (the official Pi Day for 2019), our 7th-grade math class decided to celebrate Pi Day early and are currently in their classroom enjoying some delectable pies. This made us think that perhaps you would enjoy some recipes you can prepare with your families at home so you can commemorate this fun day.

Below are a few pie recipes that sounded good to us. If you have a special recipe, perhaps one that’s been passed down from generations, that you’d like to share, please share in the comments below! We’d love to hear your favorites!

But first, when did Pi Day originate? If you’re interested in learning more, you can read about its history here. And if you’ve never been to the Exploratorium, perhaps a short road trip up with the kids this weekend is an option? Let us know if you go!

Below are a few recipes in keeping with what can be found in markets right now. Take a look and decide on which one (or ones?) you’ll make. Recipes and reviews from The Kitchn:

Meyer Lemon Shaker Pie | Take advantage of the Meyer lemons that are in the market now with this simple Shaker pie. Once you’ve made the crust, you only need five additional ingredients, and you’ll end up with a deliciously jammy, sweet-tart dessert.

Rhubarb Crumble Pie | We eagerly await rhubarb season each year and this recipe is always at the top of our list of things to bake. The almond crumble topping pairs perfectly with the tangy rhubarb filling.

Blueberry Pie | It doesn’t get much better than blueberry pie — unless, of course, you can make the oozy dessert with freshly picked blueberries. Since that isn’t possible in March, frozen will do just fine.

Maple Pumpkin Pie with Streusel Topping | If you want pumpkin pie, but are in need of a fresh take on it, try this gussied-up version. The addition of maple to the custard and the crunchy streusel topping will completely change your view on what pumpkin pie can be.

Browned Butter Butterscotch Pie | If you’re still in the mood to enjoy rich, custardy pies, this browned butterscotch confection delivers. It is rich and nutty, thanks to the combination of brown butter and brown sugar.

Double-Crust Apple Pie | You just can’t go wrong with an apple pie. With a variety of apples to choose from and numerous ways to make the crust, there are many ways to put a personal spin on the classic. Use this as your gold standard, then experiment with ginger, more cinnamon, or even a few pears.

Key Lime Pie | For anyone still suffering from the late-winter-early-spring doldrums, this bright, citrusy Key lime pie recipe is just the ticket. The crumbly crust and sweet-tart custard will transport you to sunnier climates, even if it’s just for the 15 minutes you take to savor a slice.

French Silk Pie | There are an abundance of chocolate pie recipes out there, but if you want one on the fluffier side, this light, airy French silk pie should be just the ticket.

Apple Blackberry Pie with Ginger | In this pie, apples lend a bit of structure while the blackberries take care of that delightful, syrupy ooze. And there’s never been a better time to break out those cookie cutters and have some fun with your top crust.

Deep Dish Pumpkin Meringue Pie | Last but not least, if you’re looking for a show-stopping dessert for Pi Day, this is it. The deep-dish crust and toasted meringue will make your dinner guests’ jaws drop.

If baking isn’t your thing and you’d like to celebrate in other ways, check this list out for more ideas!

Quick, friendly reminder for those of you with parent conferences tomorrow and Thursday:  don’t forget to bring the paper copies of your progress reports + your work samples! Have a great Tuesday!


2 thoughts on “Pi Day coming up!”

    1. You’re welcome! And I’m sure there’s PLENTY of pie in Mr. Yorke’s classroom. I bet we can sneak in there ;).

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