Pi Day is a special day to celebrate! I did not realize this until yesterday! The truth is,  I had no plans of celebrating it, nor did I have plans of making a pie for the Serious Eats contest until  . . . . . . I realized I should celebrate every Pi Day for the rest of my life. My children do not live very close to me and I do not get to see them as often as I would like. I miss them very much. A few days ago my son called and mentioned he would be visiting me next month. I can't tell you how excited that made me. So I have been trying to think of something I can do to surprise him when he arrives.

A couple of years ago my son completed his doctorate in statistics. He is a mathematician!  My son and I have great fun sharing recipes. What a splendid way to share a recipe with him that honors his achievements! I made extra and have it in the freezer so when he comes to visit me next month, he will have a Pi In The Sky Chicken Pot Pi! That is one thing I love about instructables. I can share the things that I am doing here and hopefully instructables will be around when my future grandchildren can visit my page and see my projects. I do not keep a journal so in a way instructables is a journal. 

Follow through and I will show you how to make a Chicken pot pie in the shape of a yellow chicken! The kids will enjoy this for Easter and there is plenty of time to make sure you have all the ingredients for the occasion! You can do this with any simple shapes. The recipe is very tasty and healthier than store bought. 

Here is a link I found about mathematicians celebrating Pi Day: http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/life_and_entertainment/2009/03/14/1A_PI_DAY.ART_ART_03-14-09_D1_UMD6SUU.html

Step 1: Notes

I have never made this type of pot pie before so please read everything. I had to make 2 batches because, I was experimenting how to pull this off. I have never seen colored pie crust or a chicken shaped pie before, so that is what I decided to make for the contest.

The chicken shape was a little more difficult to make but if a person had a large cookie cutter or made their own design in a large size, it would be easier to work with. I used craft foam to cut out a larger chicken which worked out fairly well but I am not all that great at cutting shapes from  dough so I was not happy with the look.

The baby chicks were cut out using a small cookie cutter and I baked the shapes like you would cookies with no filling. I used 2 different methods of coloring. I tried egg yokes and egg whites and both had the same results. I thought it was easier to color the chicks before baking although I did color some of the chicks after they were baked to a light brown color and it worked. Coloring the large chicken is best done before baking, but you can color after baking however, you risk damaging the chicken or browning the chicken too much to achieve a bright color. I loved the method of painting the crust because not a lot of food coloring was used and I did not need to mix coloring into the dough.

I used the food writers to write on the plate and make designs. They did not color the dough very well because I put the dough in the freezer to hold their shape while they were painted. They might work if the dough is not as cold??

<p>Hopefully it will be around for years to come for those grandchildren. I hadn't really thought of using Instructables as a journal. As I'm reading this, I noticed from the comments that it's over 1 year old, and yet it was on one of the kind of featured links for Easter projects.</p>
Thanks so much for stopping by Happy Spring! Hope your having fun! <br>sunshiine
I love it!
Mmm, love pot pie! Never seen such a cute one before :)
Thanks Penolopy! It was fun to make! Have a great day! <br>sunshiine
Amazing! Great work sunshine!
Thanks Imnopeas! I know he will love this! Have a happy Spring! <br>sunshiine
Ahhh...its very cute and must be scrumptious:). Thank you.
Oh yes and it is scrumptious and Thank you! <br>sunshiine
Thanks for stopping by and commenting! Happy spring! <br>sunshiine

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