Baking a homemade pie with your children can be a wonderful memory-maker as well as a tasty educational activity. Celebrate math while you’re at it!
Pictured: Homemade Chocolate Cream Pie
Believe it or not, there really is such a thing as Pi Day. It’s a celebration of math, believe it or not.
Now, you may think why celebrate math?!
Why, indeed. Though I did take honors math classes in high school, I very early on decided that it was not one of my true loves. When it came time to teach math to my children, I knew the subject and I were at odds.
Thankfully, in the last few years, I have been able to completely delegate the teaching of math to someone else, Mrs. Angle (her real name!). She has saved my bacon and given my children a love and comprehension of math, so much so that I am more than happy to celebrate Pi Day on March 14th!
Especially if there’s some homemade pie involved.
Recently, I dug up this old video of my eldest daughter making pie with me.
Having my five year old help me reminded me how often I fall into efficiency over experiences. Look how she loved helping me! And I was sometimes be too stingy in letting her help. And now, looking at this video, I’m reminded how quickly she’s grown
Fears aside, the love of baking and eating pie is well established in her and her sister. They’re the ones who now elbow me out of the way as they take charge in the kitchen.
Pi Day (3.14) is a fabulous day to bake a homemade pie with your kids. Flour may fly, but the end result will be delicious — and memorable.
Pick a recipe and get in the kitchen! Here are some of our favorite recipes:
This basic pie crust that you roll out with a rolling pin comes together easily. And don't worry if it's not perfect looking; it will taste delicious!
If the rolling pin intimidates you, never fear! Gramma John's pie crust recipe is one that you pat into the pan with your hands. So easy, a five-year old can do it!
Store-bought cookie crusts are super convenient, but it doesn't take that much more to make your own. Plus you get to control the ingredients!
This slab pie full of apples and topped with crunchy crumbs is a delight. It comes together in minutes and freezes beautifully.
Buttery, salty crust, filled with luscious lemon filling and topped with a soft, fluffy meringue? Dish me up! You can make this beauty yourself!
Want to control portions or have pie that's easy to pack in lunches? Make these cute mini apple pies in jelly jars.
A family favorite for over 50 years, Nanna's Toffee Dream is nothing more than a candy bar freezer pie. It mixes up quickly with just a handful of ingredients.
Dig into a delicious homemade chocolate cream pie that you made yourself with a buttery crisp crust, creamy chocolate pudding, and a light and fluffy whipped topping.
Gramma John won blue ribbons with this pie, and so can you! Chock full of apples and spice and topped with a nut-filled crumb top, this pie is a winner indeed!
Try this no-bake freezer pie with it's three beautiful layers: sorbet, ice cream, and chocolate ganache. Feel free to vary the flavors based on what you have on hand.
Give pumpkin pie a little twist with the addition of chocolate chips. Make it easy with a store-bought cookie crust.
This simple frozen pie takes only six ingredients, fifteen minutes, and no baking! It's light coconut flavor doesn't overpower, but has you coming back for more instead.
Fill a baked tart shell with fluffy cream cheese filling and top it with seasonal fruit. It's an easy, low-bake option for quick desserts.
Cheesecake is like a pie, only with more oomph. Enjoy the layers of flavor in this pumpkin spice cheesecake.
Eat your pie with your hands when you make these easy apple turnovers. Just fill puff pastry with applesauce and spices for a simple yet satisfying dessert.
Deemed the best pumpkin pie in the world, this streusel-topped number is a must-make, even if you have your own favorite pumpkin pie.
Not all pies have to be sweet! Enjoy a hearty chicken pot pie with this simple recipe that freezes beautifully.
This turkey pot pie comes together in minutes with a simple biscuit topping that you just pour over the meat and veggie filling.
Take the quick route with this single crust pot pie. Use turkey or chicken for the filling -- and maybe make an extra for the freezer.