7 Pi Day Pie Recipes: Have Your Pie and Eat It Too


Pi Day is an annual holiday commemorating the mathematical constant pi. Officially supported by the US House of Representatives in 2009, Pi Day is celebrated on March 14, because 3, 1, and 4 are the most significant digits of pi in decimal form. The earliest known celebration of Pi Day took place in 1988 at the San Francisco Exploratorium. Pi Day celebrations typically consist of eating and/or throwing Pi Day pie and discussing the significance of pi. Try one of our 7 Pi Day pie recipes, and make your next Pi Day an unforgettable experience.

1. Apple Pie

Apple pie is an old fashioned pie in which the principal filling is apple flavored with spices like nutmeg and cinnamon. Most apple pies have a double crust. The upper crust may be a circular shaped crust or a lattice made with strips of crust. The apples used for apple pie are typically Granny Smith, Northern Spy, Empire, and Bramley apples because they are crisp and acidic. Apple pie is typically served with ice cream or whipped cream and may also be topped with a slice of melted cheddar cheese.

2. Pumpkin Pie

Pumpkin pie is a classic American pie that is typically served on Thanksgiving and Christmas and throughout the fall season. The easiest and quickest version of pumpkin pie is made with canned pumpkin, sugar, cloves, ginger, salt, eggs, and evaporated milk. Pumpkin pie is typically served with whipped cream topping.

3. Pecan Pie

Also traditionaly served on Thanksgiving, Pecan pie is a staple of Southern US cuisine. The filling is typically made with pecans, corn syrup, eggs, salt, vanilla, and sugar.

4. Rhubarb Pie

Rhubarb has earned the nickname “pieplant” because of its popularity in pies. Rhubarb pie is a simple pie made with a double crust and filling that contains chopped rhubarb, sugar, flour, and butter. Rhubarbs are tart, so they combine perfectly with sweet strawberries.

5. Key Lime Pie

Key lime pie is an American dessert made with key lime juice, egg yolks, and sweetened condensed milk in a graham cracker crust. The dish is named after the small key limes found throughout the Florida Keys, but you can use either key limes or normal limes to make key lime pie.

To make key lime pie, you need to pulse graham crackers in a food processer with a little bit of sugar until they’re totally crumbled. Add melted butter to the crumbled graham cracker and then press the mixture into a pie pan. Key lime pie’s filling is made with egg yolks, lime juice, lime zest, and sweetened condensed milk. Pour the filling into the crust and then bake the pie for 15 minutes, or until it stops jiggling.

6. Crack Pie

“Crack pie” is a salty-sweet pie with an oat cookie crust that hails from NYC’s famous dessert joint, Momofuku Milk Bar. Once you start eating this delicious treat, you won’t be able to stop, which is how this dessert got its tongue-in-cheek name. The rich filling of crack pie is made with sugar, butter, cream, egg yolks, vanilla, and milk powder.

7. Chicken Pot Pie

No Pi Day would be complete without at least one savory pie on the menu. Chicken pot pie is a classic dish with a buttery, flaky crust and warming filling that consists of chicken, parsley, peas, carrots, potatoes, garlic, mushrooms, cream, and butter.

In our opinion, the best way to observe Pi Day is by eating many different types of pie. If you are seeking new pies for Pi Day, try one of the above recipes. You can have your Pi Day pie and eat it too!