Happy Pi(e) Day
Since 2009, March 14 has officially been known as Pi Day. Though technically created to celebratr the mathematical concept Pi (or π), an apparently never-ending irrational number beginning with 3.14, Pi Day is mostly just an excuse to eat pie for every meal. At least that’s what I take it to mean. As an extremely serious observer of Pi Day, my pie marathon will no doubt begin with breakfast. However, that doesn’t necessarily mean I’ll be slicing into that cranberry-key lime stunner currently defrosting in my fridge at 8 a.m. There are plenty of ways to eat pie for breakfast that don’t result in a mid-morning sugar crash, and here are just a few ideas.
Gimme a hand.
Hand pies are generally accepted as breakfast (tell me a turnover isn’t pie), which means they’re probably the best Pi Day meal. Make yourself a Copycat McDonald's hot apple pie or go savory with these spinach and cheese hand pies. And not for nothing, but I’d argue a case for Pop Tarts essentially being a form of hand pie, so make like Lorelai Gilmore and toast a few for Pi Day. Pie purists, don’t @ me.
Fill ‘er up.
Pie filling is essentially jam, which means it makes an excellent breakfast ingredient. If you want to channel your inner dirtbag, buy a few cans of cherry, berry, or apple pie filling and smear it on toast or plop it into a bowl of yogurt or oatmeal. For a slightly more nutritious version of pie filling, mix ½ cup canned pumpkin with 2 teaspoons maple syrup, ½ teaspoon cinnamon, a pinch of nutmeg, and a smidge of coconut milk. If you’re in the mood for a DIY, make your own pie filling: Toss 2 cups sliced fresh or frozen fruit with 1 tablespoons lemon juice, then dump into a saucepan and simmer with ¼ cup sugar, 2 tablespoons cornstarch, ½ teaspoon cinnamon, and ¼ teaspoon salt until thick and tender.
There’s no denying that if the crust is bad, there’s really no point in eating the pie at all. Avoid soggy bottoms and all other pie crust nightmares with this handy pie crust guide. If you don’t want to take any chances, you can always go frozen, basically guaranteeing perfection. Now, you can make a foolproof quiche.
A big pizza pie also totally counts as a Pi Day breakfast. Top a breakfast pizza with spinach and hollandaise for an eggs Florentine pie, pair pesto and mozzarella with a whole wheat crust in this egg-in-a-nest pie, or just pile on your favorite vegetables and cheese—there are no wrong answers when it comes to breakfast pie.