Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Happy Pi Day!

Celebrate Pi Day!

Pi, Greek letter (π), is the symbol for the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter. Pi Day is celebrated by math enthusiasts around the world on March 14th. Pi = 3.1415926535…
With the use of computers, Pi has been calculated to over 1 trillion digits past the decimal. Pi is an irrational and transcendental number meaning it will continue infinitely without repeating. The symbol for pi was first used in 1706 by William Jones, but was popular after it was adopted by the Swiss mathematician Leonhard Euler in 1737


Remember back in the day, when your math teacher let everyone bring in pie on Pi Day (even in 6th grade when we didn't know have a clue what Pi was)? Just one big party, full of pie. It was awesome! Well, I thought I'd revisit my school years and make some pie in honor of Pi Day.

I was actually shocked when I went to Wegmans yesterday and all of their pie ingredients and frozen pies were on sale, some things were actually running though. I bet Pi Day rivals Presidents Day in sales...

This recipe doesn't require a lot of ingredients, or a lot of time. I bought everything premade because, let's be honest, I just wanted to eat pie as soon as possible.

Mini Cherry Pies ...wait for it....On A Stick!

You will need:

  • 1 package pie crusts (2)
  • can of desired pie filling
  • lollipop sticks
  • cookie cutter 
That's it!

Unwrap pie dough and roll your pin over it a couple time gently to smooth down the edges. Sprinkl some flour on one side and flip over. Take your cookie cutter and cut out as many shapes as you can, keeping them close together. 

Place the pieces down on your baking sheet, lined with parchment paper, alternating so you have room for the stick. Place a lollipop stick down on each piece.

I chopped up my filling a little before putting it in the pies because I chose cherry and the cherries were sort of big, I wanted to be able to fit enough inside. Place a small dollop of your filling in each pie, making sure to not get to close to the edge.

Place another piece over the filling and use a broken off, short piece, of a lollipop stick to press down the edges, sealing them completely. If you get a little oozing out, just wipe it up with a paper towel and continue sealing.

Brush the tops of each pie with egg whites. Bake in a preheated oven at 375 degrees for 12-15 minutes. I kept mine in for the full length and maybe a minute longer.

I got 5 pies out of each circle of pie dough, without reusing the scraps to make more. I didn't know how well premade pie dough would hold up to that much kneading and rolling, but you could definitely do it and probably get 7 out of each circle.

How cute are these, right? I think they came out really well. To some the ratio of crust to filling is off for them, saying there isn't enough filling, but I thought it was perfect. This may be personal preference, or it was because I chopped the filling, so I was able to fit more inside. Also note that a few of the sticks seemed loose, so make sure when you're sealing your pies that you seal extra good around where the stick comes out of the bottom.

Perfect bite size pies!

These would be a great idea for a bridal shower favor, kids party or a baby shower! Especially because you can customize a little with the cookie cutter. You just want one that will have enough surface area to fit filling and be sealed.

So there you have it, my pie on Pi Day :). Hope everyone has a great day, and remember, it's all thanks to this guy:

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  1. These are so stinkin' cute! What a clever idea. Perfect for Pi day!

  2. Thanks! I was really happy with how they turned out:). I can't wait to try different shapes and flavors!

  3. These are too cute! Perfect idea for a "handheld" pie.