Today, March 14 marks Pi Day, an annual celebration of the mathematical sign pi (π).
Founded in 1988 by physicist Larry Shaw, March 14 was selected because the numerical date (3.14) represents the first three digits of pi, and it also happens to be Albert Einstein’s birthday.
The first Pi Day celebration took place at the Exploratorium (Shaw’s place of work), a San Francisco-based interactive science museum, and featured a circular parade and the eating of fruit pies. It wasn’t until 2009, however, that it became an official national holiday when the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation.
To celebrate Pi Day, we dug deep into the PAVE Archives to bring you 2 fun pie recipes found inside the 2003 PAVE Gala Program from industry friends Judy Bell and Ignaz Gorischek!
Judy's Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie from Judy Bell
2 c. Strawberries (thick slices)
4 c. Rhubarb (1/2" pieces)
1/2 c. White Sugar
1/2 c. Brown Sugar
1 T. Cornstarch
1/4 c. All-Purpose Flour
1/2 t. Nutmeg
1 T. Orange Juice
2 T. Butter
2 9" Pastry Pie Crusts
Combine all ingredients except butter and set aside
Roll out half and fit into a 9" pie tin
Fill with strawberry-rhubarb mixture and dot with butter
Roll out remaining pastry and cut into 3/4" strips
Weave a lattice top crust and place it on the pie
Bake at 400 degrees F for about 35 minutes
Cover edges of crust with foil and bake for another 15 minutes
Mom's Pumpkin Pie from Ignaz Gorischek
1 16 oz. Can of Solid Pack Pumpkin
1/2 C. Packed Dark Brown Sugar
1/4 C. Sugar
1 T. All-Purpose Flour
1 t. Ground Cinnamon
1/2 t. Salt
1/2 t. Ground Mace
1/2 t. Ground Ginger
1/4 t. Ground Allspice
1/4 t. Ground Cloves
3 Large Eggs
1 C. Whipping Cream
1/4 C. Whole Milk
1/4 C. Dark Rum
1 1/2 t. Vanilla Extract
Pie crust pastry
Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
Bake crust until pale golden, about 15 minutes
Transfer to rack and cool
Reduce oven temperature to 375 degrees F.
Whisk the first 10 ingredients in a large bowl until smooth
Whisk in all remaining ingredients
Pour filling into crust
Bake pie 20 minutes
Reduce oven temperature to 325 degrees F.
Bake until filling no longer moves in the center when the dish is shaken, about 30 minutes longer
Transfer pie to rack and cool completely
Pi Day history and information obtained from history.com article "What is Pi Day?"