Pi Day (3.14)

Today is Pi Day, to celebrate the mathematical constant π (pi). It is celebrated on 14th March (3.14, get it?) Thought it was quite cute and I decided to make – what else – pie!

I generally like to bake but I have not made pies before as I felt it was more challenging than cakes and cookies. I decided to try a strawberry pie as I had all the necessary ingredients in my kitchen already.

Strawberry Mini Pies

Recipe from Country Living – Strawberry Hand Pies

Ingredients

  • 2 1/3 cup(s) (plus more for dusting) All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 teaspoon(s) Baking Powder
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon(s) Salt
  • 1 stick(s) Cold Unsalted Butter, cut into small pieces
  • 2 large Egg Yolks
  • 1 teaspoon(s) Vanilla Extract
  • 3/4 pound(s) Strawberries, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1/2 cup(s) Confectioners’ Sugar
  • 3 tablespoon(s) Strawberry Jam
  • 1 tablespoon(s) Sanding Sugar

Method

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large bowl, combine 2 1/4 cups flour, baking powder, and 1 teaspoon salt. Using a pastry blender or 2 knives, cut butter into flour mixture until mixture resembles coarse sand. Add 1 egg yolk, 1/2 cup chilled water, and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla and mix until just combined. Transfer dough to a lightly floured surface and knead 2 to 3 times, just until dough comes together. Return dough to bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate until chilled, about 15 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, make filling: In a medium bowl, combine strawberries, confectioners’ sugar, and jam, plus remaining flour, vanilla, and salt. Set aside.
  • In a small bowl, beat remaining yolk and 1 tablespoon water for egg wash; set aside. On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to 1/2-inch thickness. Using a 3-inch round cookie cutter, cut dough into 6 rounds.
  • Roll 1 round into a 6-inch circle. Spoon a heaping 2 tablespoons filling onto half of circle, leaving 1/2-inch border. Brush the edges with egg wash, then fold dough over filling. Using a fork, crimp the edges to seal hand pie. Transfer to a parchment-lined baking pan. Repeat with remaining dough rounds and filling.
  • Using a toothpick, poke a few holes in the top of each pie. Brush with remaining egg wash and sprinkle each pie with 1/2 teaspoon sanding sugar. Bake until golden brown, 30 to 35 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.

My pies did not turn out very well in my opinion as I forgot the strawberries would dry out during the baking process. OK, I will try this again but will try to blind bake the crust first in future to reduce over-cooking the filling.

Cute snack bento for kids - Strawberry pie for Pi Day (3.14) on March 14th

Strawberry pie for Pi Day (3.14) on March 14th

Notice the π on the pie crust? I made that using the last bit of dough. Packed with some dragon-fruit slices sand strawberries in my new Lunchbots.

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12 thoughts on “Pi Day (3.14)

    • Thank you. It does not have a strong taste so it could be used in fruit salads or desserts to take on the flavour of a sweet syrup or salad dressing, however I like to eat it as it is 🙂

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