The 2010 Pi Day Pie Bake-Off Heats Up

Either we set our oven temperature too high or the competition is heating up here in the 2010 Pi Day Pie Bake-Off.

Yesterday we posted Annie Wang’s Archi-meaty pie, Leigh’s Rabbiteye Blueberry Pie, and Stephanie’s “Grown-Up” S’mores Pie with Guinness, and ScienceBloggers James Hrynyshyn and Pamela Ronald posted their own Strawbarb and Swiss chard-Gruyere pies, respectively.

Today we bring you three more: Mareena Wright’s Cauchy’s Coconut Cream Condensation Test Pie, Zinjanthropus’s USO and Banana Pie with Anthropoid Bread Crust, and Nathan Lau’s Chocolate Haupia Pie. We’re starting to wish Pi Day came around more than once a year.

Mareena Wright, an avid reader of Casaubon’s Book, made a coconut cream pie inspired by the Cauchy condensation test. Growing up, coconut cream pies were the standard unit of currency for bet-placing in my house, so all I have to say is, YUM.

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Next up is Zinjanthropus’s USO and Banana Pie with Anthropoid Bread Crust. Zinjanthropus studies (and blogs about) human and primate evolution, so it is fitting that this pie takes its inspiration from the foraging habits of early hominids. Zinjanthropus’s post is seriously worth a read, but basically, the pie combines sweet potato and banana in an “anthropoid bread” crust (anthropoid bread is, obviously, a relative of monkey bread). Speaking as an extant primate, I think those foragers were onto something.

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And last we have Nathan Lau’s Chocolate Haupia pie. Haupia is a Hawaiian coconut-based dessert, somewhat like pudding. The haupia in this pie is combined with chocolate, which seems like a pretty reasonable way to make something even more delicious than it already sounds. It all gets poured into a macadamia-nut crust, as Nathan helpfully demonstrates with photos on his blog House of Annie.
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Don’t mind if we do…

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I Pie, You Pie, We All Pie for Pi Day

The first entries in the ScienceBlogs/Serious Eats 2010 Pi Day Pie Bake-Off are starting to roll in, and it already looks like its going to be difficult to choose come voting day. We probably shouldn’t be writing this post at lunchtime, but here we go anyway with the first three pies:

First, from Annie Wang at frites & fries, the ingeniously titled Archi-meaty pie. Because Archimedes was Greek, the pie itself had to be Greek too, made with lamb, feta, honey, apples and raisins.

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Next up is Leigh’s Rabbiteye Blueberry Pie, originally posted on her blog 5 Acres & A Dream. Freshly picked blueberries don’t need much dressing up, and Leigh’s no-fail pie crust recipe makes them shine (or she claims…you be the judge).

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And last but not least, Stephanie from 52 Kitchen Adventures sent us her “Grown-Up” S’mores Pie with Guiness. Just like the fireside version, the pie is made with graham crackers, marshmallows and chocolate—plus the beer that puts it squarely in the “for adults” category.

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If you think you can beat any (or all) of these pies, check out the 20210 Pi Day Pie Bake-Off page for more details about the contest, and make sure send us your pie by the end of Sunday, March 14! And check back here after that to vote for your favorite pie.

Mmm…Pi

i-8c5ffba9613e0aa1284e396b1c906ff9-piebuzz.jpgTime to preheat your ovens…the second annual Pi Day Pie Bakeoff wants your best creations to celebrate March 14. This year food mecca Serious Eats is our co-sponsor, meaning the prizes have gotten bigger and badder. The Grand Prize winner will receive $314 in warm, flaky cash—irrational change not included. You can also win a Simple as 3.141592 t-shirt from magazine mental_floss. Not bad for a few cups of flour and a sack of apples! But if you really want to win, it’s time to get creative. Last year’s champion Spicy Brittle Bacon Chocolate Pie (or Spicy Pi Bacon Squared) made the most of the fact that “pi and bacon are both miraculous.” And pie-machine Janet Stemwedel incorporated a gingersnap crust and lemon curd filling into one of her eight delicious-looking creations. This year’s contest is open to readers as well as bloggers, so the competition should be fierce! Visit the Pi Day Page for complete rules, categories, prize listings, and how to vote and enter, then check out The Quantum Pontiff and Adventures in Ethics and Science to get your creative juices baking.

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2nd Annual Pi Day Pie Bakeoff!

March 14 is fast approaching…3/14/10. Personally, I can’t wait till 3/14/15, just so we can get a couple more digits in the mix. That will be the Pi Day of the century.

In the meantime, ScienceBlog Overlord Erin Johnson has thrown down the potholder, challenging all our bloggers to concoct the most delicious-sounding and radiant pie in celebration of this irrational day. See last year’s best entries and brush up on the new rules—only 10 days remain!