Greek Inspired Pie for Pi Day

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About: I love cooking and craft-work. I write a blog about the cooking part, and add in my travel experiences.

When I read about the competition to celebrate Pi day, I began to have many of pie in the sky ideas about what I could make.

Where was our favorite math symbol pi, calculated at its most precise? Well, in Greece of course, by a fabled mathematician called Archimedes of Syracuse who invented all sorts of amazing things, and spent a lot of his time making circles inside polygons so that he could calculate pi more accurately. What does this have to do with my pi pie? I decided to celebrate this Greek hero's legacy, the pie had to be inspired by Greek ingredients.

To make my pie further pi-worthy, I made it using only ingredients in amounts of 3, 1 and 4, which was as easy as pie to do (um, except for the spinach that had to be 100 g....).

So, I hope you like my Greek inspired pi pie, and that the pi idea is not too irrational. :D

Step 1: All the Ingredients You Need

  • 3 small zucchini (courgettes)
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 4 tomatoes medium-sized
  • 3 eggs
  • 100 g baby spinach
  • 4 sprigs mint
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 lemon for zest
  • 4 turns of a pepper mill
  • 300 g greek yogurt
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 4 Tbsp olive oil
  • 3 Tbsp milk
  • 1 packet feta cheese
  • 4 sheets filo pastry

Step 2: Get Your Knife Skills Ready

  • Mince the garlic. Chop the zucchini in cubes.
  • Zest the lemon. Roughly chop the mint leaves.

Step 3: A Little More Chopping and Crumbling

  • Chop the tomatoes in cubes.
  • Crumble the feta cheese.

Step 4: Cook the Zucchini

  • Put the oil in a large frying pan. Add the zucchini cubes, garlic, and the salt. Sauté for 4 minutes, stirring often.

Step 5: Add the Spinach

  • Add the spinach and lemon zest. Sauté for 3 minutes.

Step 6: Time for the Tomatoes

  • Add the tomato chunks and chopped mint. Cook for 1 further minute, stirring carefully.
  • Leave to cool for at least 10 minutes.

Step 7: Grease the Pie Dish

  • Oil a quiche dish and place a round of baking paper on the bottom of it.

Step 8: Fun With Filo

  • Layer the sheets of filo pastry one on top of the other in the quiche dish.

Step 9: The Ingredients for the Custard

  • In a medium-size bowl, whisk the eggs and yogurt together. Sprinkle with 1/2 tsp salt.

Step 10: Time to Fill the Pie

  • Add the cooked vegetables to the pie and spread them out over the filo pastry.

Step 11: That's How the Cheese Crumbles

  • Sprinkle the crumbled feta over the top.

Step 12: Ready to Go in the Oven

  • Pour the egg mixture over the other ingredients.

  • Bake at 180 degrees C (350 degrees F) for 40 - 45 minutes until the custard is set.

Step 13: Now It's Time to Eat the Pi Pie

The pie can be eaten warm or at room temperature.

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