by Lisa Lozano
Happy 3.14! We're celebrating Pi Day by counting down our six favorite recipes for pie.
Pi represents the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter (we'll pretend like we really understand that) so eating a circular dessert like pie is the perfect way to celebrate! And as all bakers know, our math skills are constantly put to the test when multiplying or dividing recipes, so math and baking really do go hand-in-hand.
This pie is a little complicated but totally worth it, we promise! With a rich dark chocolate mousse spooned over flambéed caramelized bananas, you will want to eat this pie to infinity (sorry, we couldn't resist that pi pun).
Thin Mint Cookies & Cream Pie
It's that time of year when everyone has Girl Scout cookies in their cupboard (unless you ate them all already, which we totally understand.) This delicious pie couldn't be more simple to make – you just grind Thin Mints in the food processor and add butter to make a cookie crust. Then simply blend more crushed cookies with whipped cream for the filling. Garnish with 3.14 cookies and you're done!
For a simpler approach, make this easy slow cooker pecan pie. Layer the ingredients, then set it and forget it for three hours (or 3.14 if you like)! This recipe is perfect to prep ahead when having guests over.
Buddy Valastro's easy fruit pies are another great option for an simple treat. (And we won't tell if you use pre-made pie crust!) Similar to a tart, this pie isn't one to feel too guilty about since it features the myriad health benefits of fruit (use 3.14 different fruits if you want).
Sunny Anderson's apple pie has a naughty but delicious boost – a shot of bourbon! Real maple syrup is another unexpected but very welcome ingredient. You'll probably want more than one slice – how about 3.14?
The name for Banoffee Pie comes from its components – bananas and toffee. The no-bake pie features a crust made of crushed cookies and butter, filled with a filling made of bananas, caramel and whipped cream – yum! Share this pie with 3.14 people… wait, is that possible? Nevermind.
So what are you waiting for? Get baking and share your pie with all your math-loving friends!