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Pies for Pi Day

Pi Day probably isn’t on your Google calendar. But if there’s ever a time to celebrate a math holiday, this is it.

Pi Day is March 14, or 3.14, the number representing pi, aka the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter. Even if you scarcely remember the symbol from 8th grade geometry, the best part about Pi Day is there’s an obvious way to celebrate: pie.

We’ve rounded up 3.14 ways to celebrate Pi Day using easy pie recipes that you can make with the kids. They might even earn some bonus credit with their math teacher!

1. Nutella Cheesecake

1 graham cracker crust
13-ounce container Nutella
1 pound room-temperature
cream cheese
½ cup confectioner’s sugar

Beat cream cheese and confectioner’s sugar till smooth. Add Nutella and continue mixing until well mixed.
Spoon mixture into the pie crust and refrigerate for 4 hours. Serve chilled.

(adapted from Nigela Lawson; nigella.com)

2. Swedish Apple Pie

5–6 apples, peeled and sliced (any will do, but a mix of red baking apples and granny smith work well)
1 cup + 1 Tbsp. sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1 cup flour
1 egg

Fill pie plate 2/3 full with peeled, sliced apples
Sprinkle apples with 1 tsp. sugar and 1 tsp. cinnamon
In a small bowl, combine ¾ cup melted butter, 1 cup sugar, 1 cup flour, 1 egg and a pinch of salt.
Spoon over apples
Bake at 350° for 45 minutes or until golden.

3. Easy Chocolate Triple Layer Pie

2 cups milk
2 packages instant chocolate pudding mix
1 graham cracker crust
1 8-ounce container whipped topping
½ cup chocolate shavings

Whisk together milk and pudding until well mixed. Spoon 1 ½ cups into graham
cracker crust.
Fold one half of the whipped topping into the remaining pudding, then spread the second mixture on top of the first layer already in the crust.
Top with remaining whipped topping and garnish with chocolate shavings.
Cover and refrigerate for four hours.

(adapted from Krissy’s Easy Chocolate Triple Layer Pie on Allrecipes.com)

Graham Cracker Crust

While all of these recipes recipes will work just fine with a pre-made graham cracker crust, it’s always better when it’s homemade.

12 full graham crackers, crushed
1/3 cup sugar
6 Tbsp butter, melted

Mix all ingredients together
Press into pie pan
Bake for 10 minutes at 350°

(adapted from tastesbetterfromscratch.com)

—Ann Levelle


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