Step 1: The Stuff
Unbaked Pie crusts -- these can be refrigerated ready-to-use type or homemade
Pie filling -- a relatively smooth filling is best because you need to pipe it. I made a classic chocolate filing but you can make one out of fruit (perhaps minced) if you'd like.
Deep fryer OR a medium, heavy saucepan AND oil suitable for frying
Kitchen scissors or pastry roller
Step 2: Pi Shape
Step 3: Pieces of Pi
Note to self: Consider commissioning the creation of large pi-shaped cookie cutters for next year!
Step 4: Assembly
Pipe filling on the center of one pi shape. You don't need much. Be sure it's in the center.
Use your fingers or a small pastry brush to moisten the exposed crust edges with water.
Lay another pi shape onto the first and press the corresponding edges together, making sure to push out any air pockets. Be sure to seal it well.
Step 5: Cooking
Carefully lower pies into the oil one at a time. Cook on one side for one minute, then turn and cook on the other side for another minute.