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Happy Pi Day! (3.14)

frozen strawberry pieIMG_8916Top Image by Lynne Harty

It’s Pi Day, friends. And while technically that means a celebration of ” the mathematical constant that is the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter and is approximately equal to 3.14159″ (thank you, Google!), when you love pie like I do, it’s also an opportunity (er, excuse?) to enjoy a bit or two of something delectable. Also, I’m feeling especially full of pie enthusiasm given that my book is the #1 selling pie book on Amazon on Pi Day (which Glenn lovingly photographed and surprised me with-he’s my biggest fan, truly). How cool is that?!

To that end, I’m sharing a spring-themed recipes from A Year of Pies with you here today. Frozen Strawberry Pie is my chilly homage to a close childhood friend, Erica, and a sweet, frosty way to get you pumped about spring (just a week away!).  On Pi Day, I say, let them eat pie!!!

 

Frozen Strawberry Pie

This is my attempt at recreating a pie from my youth. When I was around 10 years old, my good friend Erica and her older sister made a yogurt and fresh strawberry frozen pie that was the very definition of spring. My version includes the addition of heavy cream and cradles the entire ethereal concoction in a homemade graham-cracker crust. While opting for a pre-made version might be tempting, resist! This crust is the absolute perfect ratio of sweet-crunchy harmony. Although Erica and I long ago fell out of touch, I like to think that, should she happen upon this recipe, she’d feel I did her beloved pie justice.
Makes: One 9-inch pie

You Will Need:
*Graham Cracker Crust (recipe follows)
*9-inch pie pan

Filling
*2 cups whole-milk vanilla yogurt
*3 tablespoons honey
*2 cups strawberries, hulled and sliced
*1 cup heavy cream
*1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Graham Cracker Crust
*8 ounces graham crackers (about 2 cups)
*8 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
*2 tablespoons granulated sugar
*1/2 teaspoon sea salt

Optional garnish 1/2 cup strawberries, hulled and thinly sliced

 

Prepare the graham cracker crust
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Crush the graham crackers either by pulsing them in a food processor or placing them in in a plastic freezer bag and rolling over them with a rolling pin.

Combine the crushed graham crackers, melted butter, sugar, and salt in a medium-size bowl and stir until fully mixed.

Press the mixture into the 9-inch pie plate, covering the bottom evenly and pressing the crumbs halfway up the sides.

Bake the crust 10 minutes, then remove from the oven and cool completely before filling.

 

Prepare the filling
Combine the yogurt and honey in a large bowl. Stir in the 2 cups strawberries.

In a medium-size bowl, using a mixer or a whisk, beat the cream and vanilla until billowy peaks form.

Fold the whipped cream into the strawberry mixture.

 

Assemble the pie
Pour the filling mixture into the cooled crust. If desired, arrange sliced strawberries in a circle around the outer edge of the pie.

Freeze at least 4 hours before serving.

6 Responses to Happy Pi Day! (3.14)

  • Melanie J. says:

    Hey, congrats on the Amazon #1!!! Only problem with that ridiculously low price is then you start thinking, yea, but if I order something else, maybe I’ll get the free shipping….and now Year of Pies is on its way to my domicile, along with the latest Jan Karon and the Country Wisdom Almanac. Ah well!
    Finally went to Small Terrain, and oh the possibilities! Is it spring yet?

  • jen says:

    My neighbors are having a Pi(e) Party tonight, I’m making your lovely sounding asparagus and dill quiche. Cannot wait! Congrats on being #1 on Amazon! That’s great! I’m actually doing a giveaway on my blog today – your book and a fun ceramic pie pan. Spreading the pie love!

  • EcoGrrl says:

    YUM – looks fantastic. Makes me wish spring would speed by a bit so my strawberries would be ready!! I’m on gluten/dairy/egg free regimen right now, but fortunately we in PDX (surprise-surprise) have a bakery called Back to Eden which abides by all three rules = blackberry apple pie for moi! woo hoo!

    PS – congrats on continued success. Seems like minutes ago I was following this cool blog chick working on her first book!

  • oukay says:

    I am irritated with myself for not paying more attention to the significance of the date yesterday! I will be ready next year, though. And, hey, any day is still a good day to make a pie, right? Why not tonight?!!

  • Ann says:

    Yum! Thanks for the recipe. Congrats on your book being in the number one spot! I really enjoy your blog.

  • Sarah says:

    I made the shoofly pie from your book for Pi Day. It was fantastic, especially with a little Ultimate Ice Cream vanilla.