Pi Day, celebrated on March 14 — as in 3.14, get it? — has been commandeered in recent years by baking enthusiasts, who see the nerdy math holiday as the perfect opportunity to make a pie. This year, it falls on the Friday leading into St. Patrick’s Day weekend, adding up to the perfect chance to combine the two into one fabulous food event. Mix and match these Irish-inspired pies to create a full St. Paddy’s Pi Day menu. Some are sweet, some are savory and only one of them is green.
A sucker for chocolate, Seattle-based food blogger Megan Keno loves to stay warm in winter by adding a shot of Irish Cream to hot chocolate — so she combined the flavors into one show-stopping pie.
Don’t be scared of this ‘souffle’ from New York food blogger Ken Leung. Yes, it uses eggs as a leavening agent, but unlike a classic soufflé, he says that “you don’t have to worry about it staying ‘inflated.’” This pie gets double Irish points for the inclusion of whiskey and potatoes.
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With the combo of oats and molasses, and undertones of chocolate and beer, this seriously rich, toothsome pie goes great with vanilla ice cream, which also brings out the beer flavor. Milwaukee-based food writer and recipe tester Rebecca Gagnon used to turn these pies out at a tiny Wisconsin pie shop.
Vegan cookbook author Isa Chandra Moskowitz dreamed this savory pie up for St. Patrick’s Day because she wanted something “that wasn’t your typical meat and potatoes, but still kept that meat and potatoes spirit!”
Turn the traditional Irish potatoes-and-cabbage dish into a pizza pie with this clever recipe from cookbook author Heather Christo, who says that “the Brussels sprouts are like mini cabbages.” And the big dollops of goat cheese add the perfect amount of creaminess.