Happy Pi(e) Day, everyone! What is Pi Day, you ask? It’s a holiday commemorating the mathematical constant pi. Invented in 1989 by Larry Shaw, a physicist at the San Francisco Exploratorium, it was officially recognized by the US House of Reps as “National Pi Day” in 2009. Basically, it’s a kind of nerdy day that makes engineers, and scientists, and anyone else who likes math giddy with glee. I love it!
I’m terrible with dates, so I didn’t realize it was 3/14 until Facebook told me that my friend Tiffany had hosted a Pi(e) Party this past weekend in honor of the mathematically special date. There were sweet pies, savory pies, and…a mac n’ cheese pie with a woven bacon crust! This, of course, inspired me to bake some pies of my own.
I woke up this morning feeling under the weather, and decided to stay home from work. This pie-baking adventure was the only thing that could motivate me to get off the couch, and I almost gave up on the whole project when I realized there were no frozen pie crusts in the freezer. Fortunately, I managed to find a recipe online for mini pies that looked pretty easy. Even with a drippy nose and watering eyes I could handle rolling out enough dough for 4 tiny pies.
Dan’s favorite pie flavors are apple and blueberry. His mom makes him an apple pie every time we visit, and I once saw him eat an entire blueberry pie by himself in one sitting. So, I thought it would be a nice surprise to have some mini apple and blueberry pies waiting for him when he came home from work. Unfortunately, no apples in the fridge. Alas! But, I’m pretty sure he likes blueberry pies better anyway…
As everyone knows, I am a fiend for things in miniature, and these pies are probably the cutest things I’ve ever made. Delicious too — the crusts are flaky and buttery, and each bite is just bursting with sweet, juicy berries. Yum!
Recipe can be found here, courtesy of The Cookie Shop blog.
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