16 Essential Spring Pie Recipes to Celebrate Pi Day
Remember PI from math class? That's right, the neverending number (3.14159265359…) is celebrated every March 14 (that's 3.14 — get it?), and it's celebrated with — you guessed it — pie! And although the simple act of enjoying this decadent dessert seems easy enough, as the big day approaches, we're left with a conundrum: What kind of pie is best to honor such a sacred day? There are the tried-and-true apple and cherry pies, winter holiday favorites like pumpkin or pecan pie and even savory pot pie recipes. But those don't do much justice to the wonderfully seasonal ingredients that are filling our farmers markets this spring. March is the start of spring, after all. This Pi Day, bake (or no-bake) your pie in the comfort of your own kitchen. Scroll through these 16 spring pies, and find the perfect pie to celebrate, debatably, the *best* holiday of the year.
Grapefruit Custard Pie: Celebrate spring with a pop of pink. While grapefruit can be one of the more blah brunch items, this flakey-crusted dessert is definitely redefining the appeal of healthy fruits for breakfast. Well, healthy for pie, anyway. (via The Bojon Gourmet)
Blueberry Lavender Meringue Pie: Often when we fantasize about spring, the soothing smell of lavender comes into mind. Give your Pi Day concoction some comforting charm by adding a fragrant twist to a classic blueberry dessert. (via Montreal Gazette)
Chilled Grapefruit-Caramel Meringue Pie: Is there anything more tempting than the gooey dribble of freshly made caramel? Throw in the tart taste of grapefruit and some sweet and fluffy meringue, and that won't even be a question. (via Food & Wine)
Spring Vegetable Pie: Not a huge fan of sweets? Go savory with this seasonal veggie dish. This recipe is for one serving, so you won't ever have to share. Feel free to throw in some of your extra haul from the farmers market. (via Feasting at Home)
Peach Galette: Okay, so a galette isn't technically pie, but with that buttery crust and those oven roasted peaches, we're willing to look the other way. Don't forget the honey vanilla pistachio brittle and cardamom rose whipped cream (now that's a mouthful!). (via Kale & Caramel)
Blueberry Crumble Cream Pie: Nothing says summer like blueberries freshly picked from the organic fruits aisle… or was it the farm? However you're acquiring your daily dose of fruits, just remember to put it into a pie – preferably a cream-filled one. (via I Wash You Dry)
Heirloom Tomato Pie: Put an Italian spin on your next spring pie — and we ain't talkin' pizza. This garden fresh pie is perfect for a savory Pi Day brunch, especially with a bottomless glass of vino. (via The Food Network)
Grandma Inez's Pineapple Cream Pie: Already dreaming about a summer getaway? Start embracing that island life, and kick off a travel-filled summer with a cool and creamy pineapple pie — which actually comes into season during the spring, and brings us joy during all the warm-weather months. (via Tasty Kitchen)
Raspberry Rhubarb Pie: Now, we're not ones to gossip, but rhubarb's got a new love interest in town (move over, strawberry!), and they're here to make your Pi Day extra sweet! Did we mention this pie's got a cream cheese crust?! (via The Kitchen Paper)
Mango Tart: Healthy never looked so tasty. For a dessert that upholds your New Year's resolutions, this not-so-sinfully-sweet tart is gluten-free, paleo-friendly and vegan. The fact that it looks like a gorgeous spring flower is only the delicious icing on the gorgeous cake – err, pie. (via Bakerita)
Banana Icebox Pie: In the market for a no-bake dessert? For the lazy baker looking to step up her Pi Day game, this banana pie brulee combo is sure to impress pie lovers and haters alike. It's a perfect chilly dessert recipe to make your go-to as spring turns into summer too. (via Martha Stewart)
Strawberry Basil Pie: Check out that crust — the secret ingredient is vodka! Give your traditional strawberry pie an extra kick with the addition of basil and a crisp (alcoholic) crust. (via Tutti Dolci)
Lemon Icebox Pie: Embrace the tart taste of summer with a vibrant and super easy lemon custard pie. This refreshing treat is perfect for keeping you cool from Pi Day to the Fourth of July. (via Life Love and Sugar)
Key Lime Pie Stuffed Strawberries: Take your pie straight up with these bright and bite-sized key lime pies. They're kind of like jello shots… except they're pie! We promise you won't even miss the calories in the usual flour crust. (via Maebells)
Apricot Almond Tart: Forget cake for breakfast — it's all about pie! For a Pi Day treat that screams brunch, this rectangular tart is great for coffee with the gals, or — better yet — kept all to yourself. (via Tartelette)
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Back in January, we introduced you to a feel-good cause to inspire your New Year's resolution: a walking challenge to help raise funds for the amazing cancer fighters at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. I took part in the challenge with the Brit + Co team and ended up walking 105+ miles in January — it was awesome.
This spring, there's a new challenge on the horizon, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Big Climb. The ask: On May 15, 2021, you can step up to take cancer down by committing to climb 1,311 steps, walking 3.2 miles, or doing 440 chair step-ups at home as part of the Big Climb. If you need some motivation to bring movement back into your daily routine — look no further!
As always, it's free to sign up, but climbers are encouraged to set a fundraising goal to help beat cancer. We'll be organizing another Brit + Co team to step up, and I hope you'll join us too! Keep scrolling for a peek at where I'll be completing the challenge in my Los Angeles neighborhood around the hidden Silver Lake Stairs. Happy climbing!
Never underestimate the power of an accountability buddy! I asked my in-laws, my partner, and a few friends to join me so we can keep each other motivated and accountable in completing the challenge — virtual high-fives all around! Also, my dog Fox is a great climber, too.
An aesthetically pleasing backdrop is a huge motivator for me! I'm fortunate to have all sorts of painted steps around my neighborhood to keep the challenge interesting, but you can also keep cool inside with at-home chair step-ups.
Don't forget to share your progress on social — #BigClimb!
Feel free to break the challenge up if you need to by tackling half the distance in the AM and half at sunset. Here's me 1,311 steps later and ready for a break — but, think I earned this one!