This year, Pi Day will have special significance because at 9:26:53 a.m. and p.m., the date and time will represent THE FIRST TEN DIGITS of π (the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter). That is, 3.141592653 coincides with the numerical representation of March 14, 2015, at 9 hours, 26 minutes and 53 seconds. (Take anything round and divide the length around by the length across, and you will always get the number PI. The numbers of the decimal go on and on without repetition; it has been calculated to more than 1 trillion digits.)
To celebrate, I have asked one of my favorite pie bakers to share a recipe.
This is by the best pie baker I know, Rita of the blog Old But Not Dead Yet Librarian. As an example, this is one of the several pies she made for me:
She offers the recipe below for Strawberry Rhubarb Pie. [While it just looks like a normal recipe, Rita does something secret to make her pies superb. All sorts of people (like me) pretend to be her friend just to get those pies!]:
1 ¾ cups flour
1 tsp salt
½ cup canola oil
3 to 4 tablespoons ice water
Measure flour and salt into bowl. Add oil and mix until size of peas. Sprinkle in water, one tablespoon at a time, until flour is moistened and the dough almost cleans the side of the bowl. Gather dough into a ball and press firmly. (I usually put the dough into the fridge while I do the filling).
Roll the dough out between sheets of waxed paper. Peel off top sheet and place in pan, paper side up. Then peel off paper.
Trim as needed. (This will make 2 thin pie crusts for 9 inch pie – divide dough in half before rolling).
Place in bottom of unbaked pie crust in pan
3 ½ cups rhubarb, cut up
2 ½ cups sliced strawberries
Combine the following in bowl and add to fruit.
1 ½ cups sugar
3 T. quick-cooking tapioca
¼ t. salt
¼ t. nutmeg
Dot the pie 3-5 times with butter. Put on top crust and flute edges. Sprinkle a little sugar on the pie. Bake at 350 degrees for 45-55 minutes.
Remove pie and set aside for a few hours and serve.
You can also stop over at Care’s blog to check out her links for Pi Day. Care not only is always baking pies, but she even rates her books by “slices of pie” instead of stars.
In any event, you might want to accompany your baking or pie eating to music. To that end, there are a number of videos on YouTube that set music to PI, or that refashion old songs to explain PI, such as the one below to the tune of “Bye, Bye Miss American Pie”. The singing isn’t so good, but it’s cute, and will remind you of the good old days associated with that other version of the song….