It’s Pi Day! No not pie — pi (π)! Well, maybe it’s both? For many years, March 14 has been a day of celebration for math and baking enthusiasts alike. Pi, the mathematical constant most commonly used to calculate the area of a circle, is approximately equal to 3.14 — hence, March 14.
So why are we talking about pie? Because pie is delicious, of course! And do you really want to read a whole blog about a number? No thanks!
Pie also embodies something we take pride in here at Scentsy, our core values: Simplicity, Authenticity and Generosity. Don’t believe us? How about we show you with these incredible pies, featuring some recipes from the Underground Eatery at Scentsy’s home office in Meridian, Idaho.
- 1 box of Pillsbury pie crust
- 6 cups fresh blueberries
- 2/3 cup granulated sugar
- ¼ cup all-purpose flour
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon lemon zest
- 1 tablespoon cold unsalted butter cut into small cubes
- Egg wash (1 large egg beaten with 1 Tablespoon milk)
- Optional: coarse sugar for sprinkling on the crust
- Place 1 pie crust in a pie pan. Save the other crust for the lattice top.
- Preheat oven to 425° F. Place a second baking sheet on bottom rack to catch any blueberry juices.
- Mix the blueberries, sugar, flour, cornstarch, cinnamon, lemon juice and lemon zest in a large bowl until it’s no longer dry and powdery (burst a few blueberries if necessary to moisten). Set aside while oven heats up.
- Pour filling into pie pan and spread evenly, dot with pieces of butter on top of the filing. Set aside to assemble the top crust.
- Lay out the other pie crust and using a sharp knife or pizza cutter, cut 10 1½ inch wide strips. Carefully thread the strips over and under one another to weave a lattice top. Press the edges of the strips into the bottom crust edges to seal. Use a small paring knife to trim off excess dough. Flute or crimp the edges with a fork.
- Lightly brush the top or the pie crust with the egg wash. (If using coarse sugar, sprinkle on top now)
- Bake the pie at 425 F for 25 minutes, then drop the temperature down to 375 and place a pie crust shield or tin foil on top to prevent burning. Continue baking for 40-50 more minutes until juices are bubbling.
- Remove the pie from the oven and cool for at least 4 hours before slicing.
This blueberry pie recipe, inspired by our Blueberry Cheesecake fragrance, is from our very own Scentsy kitchen. It may look intimidating, but a pie is one of the easiest things to bake, especially if you opt for a premade pastry crust, fresh fruit and a few common spices. Simplicity at its finest!
- 1½ cups graham cracker crumbs
- 6 tablespoons butter melted
- 1/3 cup sugar
- Two 14-oz. cans sweetened condensed milk
- 3 egg yolks
- 2/3 cup lemon juice
- Dash of salt
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1/3 cup powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- Preheat oven to 350° F.
- For the crust, spray a pie dish with non-stick spray. Combine crushed graham cracker crumbs, butter and sugar. Press into prepared pie pan. Bake on its own for 8 minutes.
- For the filling, use an electric mixer or stand mixer. Mix the condensed milk, egg yolks, lemon juice and salt together. Beat on medium speed for 4-5 minutes. Pour into pie shell and bake for 10 minutes at 350° F or until little bubbles start to surface.
- Chill in the refrigerator for at least an hour before serving. As the pie cools, prepare the whipped cream.
- For the whipped cream, mix the cream, sugar and vanilla. Whip until fluffy and stiff peaks start to form. Spread on cooled lemon pie. Garnish with lemon slices and lemon zest.
This lemon pie from our Scentsy kitchen is inspired by our Lemon Drizzle Cake fragrance. Each piece of the pie can be handmade by you with ease. This refreshingly sweet and tangy pie is perfectly Authentic!
Baked Apple Pie is a classic Scentsy fragrance for a reason — it awakens memories of the real thing. And no dessert is more classic than an apple pie fresh out of the oven. Top with ice cream, whipped cream or have it all on its own. It doesn’t matter how you slice it, everyone’s going to want a taste, so be Generous and make sure you make enough to share! Find the recipe for this classic here.
Whether you make one of these pies or a different pie (or maybe a pizza pie), Pi Day is a perfect day to dig into to your favorite circular treat. And yes, cake can be circular too, but it just doesn’t feel as special on a day dedicated to Pi.
What are you making for Pi Day? Are there any pies you think we should add to this list? Let us know in the comments below.