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Pi within a Pie

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I love baking.  I love math.  I love Pi Day!  When cooking/baking, I usually just try to make it taste good, but this year I wanted to make something that looked cool and tasted great.  I was inspired by the recent “cookie within a cookie” brilliance, and I decided that I needed to figure out how to put π into a pie.  

 
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While brainstorming, this is the exact image that popped into my head….I just needed to find a way to make it happen!  I settled on a peanut butter pie with a chocolate π ring almost immediately.  I thought it would be relatively easy to dig trenches in the pie, and chocolate ganache seemed like an ideal filling.  First up: crust!

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I used SmittenKitchen’s crust recipe as a guide (from the Brownie Mosaic Cheesecake, which is amazing! http://smittenkitchen.com/2007/08/alexs-choice/.)

8 ounces chocolate flavored animal graham crackers, finely ground

8 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

1/2 cup sugar

1/8 teaspoon salt

 

1.  Preheat oven to 350. 

2.  Add chocolate graham crackers, sugar, and salt to bowl of food processor; process until fine. 

3.  While the food processor is running, drizzle in the melted butter. 

4.  Once you have a uniform mixture, dump the mixture into a 9-inch pie plate. 

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Spread the crust mixture evenly across the bottom and up the sides of the pie plate, using the bottom of a measuring cup to press it in.  I tried to make the edge look pretty by using my finger to stop the crust from going too far up. 

Once you’re happy with your crust, bake it for ~8 minutes at 350.   Allow to cool.

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I used The Pioneer Woman’s recipe for chocolate peanut butter pie.  http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2009/06/another-pie/
She uses an Oreo crust – I’m sure it’s delicious, but I wanted something lighter.

1 cup creamy peanut butter

8 ounces cream cheese, softened

1 ¼ cup powdered sugar

8 ounces Cool Whip, thawed (I would have tried to substitute whipped cream, but she insisted that you use Cool Whip in order to achieve the proper texture.  I listened.)

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patsheldon1 year ago

Spectacular idea!

SarahPy (author)  patsheldon1 year ago
Thank you!!
lsc8762 years ago
I made this pi pie last night. Brilliant idea. Mine didn't really work out--the pi symbol in the middle, that is. Luckily, I put a pi symbol on top so my co-workers would get it. :o)

The pie was delicious, though. Next time, I'll do a trial pi pie and leave more time to make it. The filling gets soft really fast! Still really amazing. Thanks!
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SarahPy (author)  lsc8762 years ago
You're very welcome, and that's a lovely pie! I'm so glad people are still enjoying my pi pie. :) I wasn't sure if this idea would work and did a trial run first - that was how I figured out that I needed to keep putting it back in the freezer!
Chimex143 years ago
I heard you like pi, so i put pi in your pie so u can enjoy pie while u enjoy pi.

i just had to do that, the set up was too perfect.
SarahPy (author)  Chimex143 years ago
Haha yes! I wish I could say that Xzibit was my inspiration, but I didn't even know about it until my brother said something to me.
eobox4 years ago
Nerdiness, puns, and pies! Can this get any better? :D Thank you for sharing!
Wesley6664 years ago
This reminds me of the first 8 seconds of this video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tKB4h9gvmm0
Eirwyn4 years ago
Thank you Stumbleupon for showing me this deliciousness!
dembry4 years ago
Can you make one that's sugar-free for those of us who are pi-abetic? :D
SarahPy (author)  dembry4 years ago
I don't have a lot of experience with "pi-abetic" cooking or baking, but as a scientist, I love to experiment! I'll have to get back to you on that one...
Looooove this - so clever!!!
SarahPy (author)  ShrimpSaladCircus4 years ago
Thanks!! This might be the most artistic thing you'll ever see me do. :)
ap116394 years ago
Very Creative and Imaginative! Looks wonderful!

A Cheektowaga observer.....
SarahPy (author)  ap116394 years ago
I'm so glad you liked it! It's fun to know that baking is in my genes! :)
Pyszczd4 years ago
Phenomenol Pi

Unbiased observer - Dr Py
SarahPy (author)  Pyszczd4 years ago
I wonder who this could be! Thanks, Dad! ;)
bobbob8884 years ago
you have got a ton if friends or something! almost 8000 views! yikes!!
SarahPy (author)  bobbob8884 years ago
I'm totally shocked by the number of views!! I don't how people are finding this....I thought I'd be lucky to break 100. :)
StumbleUpon. It's how I got here ^_^
SarahPy (author)  scarabdrowner4 years ago
That's awesome! A huge "Thanks!" to whomever stumbled upon this first, and many thanks to those who keep on coming. :) I hope people have as much fun looking at it as I had making it!
cdks4 years ago
i am now starving!!!! looks delicious sarah :-)
SarahPy (author)  cdks4 years ago
Thanks, C! ;)
justme0844 years ago
Hi! i really loved the pie! xD is so geek and fun hahaha, but i can give you an advice, when you will go to cook, and make a tutorial, i recommend you that don't use your nails in color, use them in natural, because that looks insanitary ^^
she is 1st place for right now on the pi contest i wish you luck
Actually, no The (App) le Pi my brothers has 2 votes, this has one, which came from me.
SarahPy (author)  justme0844 years ago
If I ever do this again, I'll definitely keep that in mind. It shouldn't be a problem, though -- as I noted, this is not my usual look! :) I'm glad you liked the pie!
Thanks for sharing! Amazing pie especially for my mathematician friends:)
SarahPy (author)  gourmetlicious4 years ago
I'm glad you enjoyed it - thanks!
airickuh4 years ago
This looks mathmagical! and delicious, you have piqued my curiosity on 2 fronts! excellent work!!
edbaby airickuh4 years ago
It's mathmagicaly delicious!
SarahPy (author)  edbaby4 years ago
Awesome - thanks!
SarahPy (author)  airickuh4 years ago
"Mathmagical" is my new favorite word -- thanks!
happy to share :) It's only fair, you share your delish peanutbutter Pi with us ;)
how clever
SarahPy (author)  DELETED_jorgegunn4 years ago
Thanks!
It looks tasty! And the Pi inside is fantastic!
SarahPy (author)  starshipminivan4 years ago
Thank you! :)
caarntedd4 years ago
Excellent work.
SarahPy (author)  caarntedd4 years ago
Thanks!!
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