Math geeks and foodies unite on March 14 for Pi Day, and the traditional way to celebrate is to eat a pie. Here are some perfect Pi Day pies to try this year. With classics like apple and lemon meringue and a few new twists, I'm sure you'll find a recipe that will become a new favorite.
Cream-based pies have been an American favorite since pumpkin pie was first introduced to the holiday table at the pilgrims' second Thanksgiving in 1623. Their popularity continues nearly 400 years later. According to the American Pie Council, pumpkin and banana pies are both in the top five most-loved pies in America. These silky-smooth and creamy pies will make the perfect ending to any meal. Leave room for a big slice!
All the nut lovers out there will agree that it's impossible to go wrong with a delicious nut pie. In fact, pecan pie ranks as one of the top five most-loved pies according to the American Pie Council. No matter how you slice it, this pie is yummy!
You will rarely find someone that will turn down a slice of chocolaty pie. According to the American Pie Council, 27 percent of Americans believe chocolate pie is the most romantic pie to share with someone special. And when chocolate is paired with bananas, peanut butter, or salty pretzels, it's a match made in heaven. Did you think we forgot fan-favorite Boston Cream Pie? That's because despite its name, it's not actually a pie; it's cake.
A berry pie, no matter what the occasion, is a good dessert—or breakfast—choice. According to the American Pie Council, plenty of Americans admit to eating piece for breakfast. Cherry pie still ranks in the top five most-popular pies in the United States, but believe it or not, at one time it was against the law to serve ice cream on cherry pie in Kansas! Check out these tasty berry pie varieties. They are sure to satisfy your sweet tooth and leave you asking for seconds.
When most people think about pie, they think sweet, but savory pies have actually been around far longer. Early pies were predominately meat pies. In fact, one of the first known recipes was one for a Roman rye-crusted goat cheese and honey pie. From a creamy chicken pot pie to an heirloom tomato galette, these savory dinner pies will have you eating pie for more than just dessert!
Little desserts are the new big thing, but the idea of a hand pie isn't new. Pies that can be eaten with your hands and not in a dish date way back. In fact, pies predate the sandwich and were used similarly. They were self-contained meals. These mini-pie recipes turn classic dish pies into miniatures.
Pie wasn't always America's favorite dessert; in the 19th century, fruit pies were a common breakfast food eaten before the start of a long day. We could get down with that. Whether filled with apples, pears, or a lemon custard, these fruit pie recipes will add a touch of sweetness to your day no matter when you indulge.
Making the perfect pie crust isn't as intimidating as you might think. My favorite recipe uses a food processor and takes just minutes to make. Once you get comfortable making pie crust, you can experiment with the countless varieties of pies, tarts, and galettes.
Pie crust tips for success:
- Cold ingredients are essential to making a great pie crust.
- Chill the dough for at least an hour before rolling it out.
- Don't overwork the dough.
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