Thursday, March 13, 2014

Wishing You a Pie-Filled Pi Day

3/14 is tomorrow, which for math nerds means Pi Day, and for foodie nerds means PIE Day!

              My hubby is the math nerd, and his students sometimes bring pies into the classroom
                                                                           to celebrate Pi Day. 

        I do love apple pie best, but I also love savory pies which I make on a regular basis for fall                                                     parties. I use Martha Stewart's recipe which is wonderful.


3 3/4 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
1 tablespoon sugar
3/4 teaspoon coarse salt
1 1/2 sticks (3/4 cup) cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons vegetable shortening
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons ice water


2 carrots, peeled and coarsely chopped
2 parsnips, peeled and coarsely chopped
1 head of garlic
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 teaspoons coarse salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 small yellow onion, finely chopped
8 ounces Swiss or red chard (leaves and stems), washed and chopped


Make the dough: Pulse flour, sugar, and salt in a food processor until combined. Add butter and shortening, and process just until mixture resembles coarse meal. Pour in ice water, pulsing just until dough comes together. Divide dough in half. Shape each half into a disk, and wrap in plastic. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour (or overnight).

Make the vegetable filling. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Toss together carrot, parsnip, garlic, oil, 1 teaspoon salt, and the pepper in a small roasting pan or baking dish. Roast until golden and tender, about 30 minutes. Squeeze garlic from skins, and toss with vegetable mixture; discard skins.

Heat butter in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion, and cook until translucent, about 1 minute. Add chard and remaining teaspoon salt, and cook until soft, about 4 minutes. Drain, and toss with vegetable mixture. Remove from heat, and let cool.

Reduce oven temperature to 375 degrees. On a lightly floured work surface, roll out one disk of dough to 1/8 inch thick. Using a 4-inch leaf-cutter, cut out 12 leaves. Place on parchment-lined baking sheets. Place a heaping tablespoon of vegetable filling on each leaf.

Whisk together egg yolk and cream. Roll out remaining dough to 1/8 inch thick. Cut out 12 more leaves. Using a small paring knife, etch veins on leaves. Brush edges of each filled leaf with egg wash; top with a veined leaf. Press edges together to seal. Brush tops with egg wash, and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Bake pies until golden brown, about 30 minutes. Serve warm.

I also made a sweet and savory pie filling.


1 TB unsalted butter
5 medium shallots, thinly sliced lengthwise
2 TB sugar
1/2 cup apple cider
1/2 Granny Smith apple, peeled, diced into 1/4 inch pieces
1/4 tsp coarse salt
1 tsp fresh thyme leaves

1.  Heat butter in medium skillet over medium heat. Add shallots and 1 TB sugar, and saute until soft
(about 3 minutes). Add remaining TB of sugar and stir until the shallots begin to brown (4 minutes).

2.  Increase heat to high, add 1/4 cup of cider, and cook until all the cider has been absorbed. (2 minutes)

3.  Add remaining 1/4 cup of cider, apples and simmer until liquid is absorbed completely (5 minutes).

4.  Stir in salt and thyme, remove from heat, and set aside to cool.

5.  Place a heaping TB of apple shallot filling in center of leaf pastry. Wet the edges of the leaf pastry with   egg wash and place the top leaf pastry over the filling.

6.  Brush egg wash over the top leaf. (you can add dye to the egg wash to make different color leaves)

7.  Bake 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

These pies can be made in advance and frozen. Thaw, then reheat before serving.

Do you have any special plans for Pi Day? I am joining Rattlebridge Farm for Foodie Friday.

Debbie@Mountain Breaths
Debbie@Mountain Breaths

Hello, I'm Debbie.I enjoy hiking, kayaking, cross country skiing and snowshoeing in the Adirondack Mountains (thus Mountain Breaths). I live in Upstate NY with my supportive husband and have three precious sons..


  1. This sounds good Debbie! Parsnips are on my new foods list, maybe I'll add them to my next pot pie:@)

  2. Happy Pi/Pie Day, Debbie. I'm like you and prefer the PIE. I've always admired your pretty leaf pies and hope to make them one day. xo

  3. Hi Debbie, I was just about to comment on your spring post and here you have a new one already. I love pies of all kinds and shapes. This is perfect. What a great combination of flavors. I am re-thinking your new Spring header. Hugs, Linda

  4. I would like to pick one off the screen and sample­čîč

  5. What a great recipe. It looks fantastic. Love your blog! Nice place to visit.

  6. Happy Pi Day! These little hand pies sound delicious!

  7. I love the idea of these little pies. Now if I just have the patience.....

  8. Both fillings sound wonderful, Debbie! The savory twists on the apple pie sounds delicious. I love pie. Pi - not so much :)

  9. The vegetable filled pies sound delicious. We still enjoy the ones with ham/cheese you introduced us to long ago.

  10. Would you believe that I've never added parsnips to anything? That's going to change. These recipes will be keepers (and the pies are totally cute). Hope you are having a great weekend!

  11. Your pies look amazing...and beautiful!
    Thank you so much for the visit,
    Mary Alice

  12. Love all kinds of pie, and really love Pizza Pie! :)
    Happy St. Joe's Day, have a pie!

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