In case you missed the morning Pi Day celebration, don’t fret, you can do it again tonight with ingredients you likely have laying around your house already! For me, I created our Pi with an easy pie crust recipe, cinnamon sugar, and a can of pears. I topped it off with cream cheese frosting leftover from our homemade french toast sticks we had yesterday for breakfast (yummies). Before we begin, here’s a little Pi Day background for you from ABC News:
The day that celebrates the mathematical constant pi is Saturday. And because it’s 2015, this particular sequence of numbers in the calendar that matches pi — 3/14/15 — won’t come around for another century.
While the mathematical constant, which represents the ratio of circumference of a circle divided by its diameter, is often abbreviated as 3.14 for convenience, pi actually has an infinite number of digits beyond the decimal point, starting with 3.141592653.
My quick and easy Pi Day Pie begins with an easy pie crust recipe. All you need is 2 1/2 Cups flour, 1 cup shortening, and ice water for the crust. Feel free to use butter if you don’t have shortening. I chill my shortening for five minutes before I begin. I think it might be a warm climate thing. If you’re house is already pretty cool, skip that step.
Pour your flour into a large bowl and cut in your shortening until it resembles crumbs. Afterwards, add 1-2 tbs of ice water. Toss your mixture together lightly. From here, add 1/2 tbsp of water at a time until your dough is moist and can easily form a ball – tossing your mixture and testing a small amount between your fingers between each addition.
Once you can form a ball with your dough it is ready to roll out. If your home is warm, you may want to chill your dough for a few minutes before rolling it out. For me, I’m impatient and I rolled it out – I said this was a last minute recipe right?
Between wax paper, roll your dough into the shape slightly larger than the size of your pizza pan. Place your pan on top of your dough and use a pizza or pastry cutter to trim the edges.
Next, tear off a piece of parchment paper to cover your Pi dough. Place this on top of your dough and then place your pan on top of that. Fold your wax paper around your pan, hold tightly, and flip. Gently remove the wax paper and cut away any excess parchment. (See photo below).
Chill prepared dessert pizza pi crust while you make the icing/frosting. To do this, you will need 4-6 ounces of cream cheese, two cups of confectioners sugar, and 1/4 cup butter. I quickly toss all of this into my food processor and mix on low. Add a tbsp or two of milk or half and half until you reach the desired thickness. This is a quicky recipe for the same frosting you will put on cinnamon rolls.
Pull out your Pizza pie dough, prick bottom with fork to prevent bubbles. Spread a thin layer of frosting on the bottom (a little less than half of what you have prepared). Top heavily with cinnamon sugar.
Slice canned pears (peaches, or apples) thinly and arrange around your pizza pi. Top with a few more sprinkles of cinnamon.
Bake your pizza pi at 350 Degrees for 15-20 minutes.
Top your pie with remaining frosting and serve.
Don’t forget to hold onto this great dessert until 9:26.53 tonight! No, that’s not too late for dessert; it’s Saturday, live a little!
The only reason for time is so that everything doesn’t happen at once. ~ Albert Einstein
- 2 1/2 Cup Flour
- 1 Cup Shortening
- 2-4 tbsp ice water
- 2 Cup Confectioners Sugar
- 4-6 oz. Cream Cheese
- 1 tsp Vanilla (optional)
- 1 cup sliced pears, apples, or peaches
- 1/2 cup cinnamon sugar (prepared)