Pies for “Pi Day”

Pi Day is March 14th, and while the meaning of “Pi” in this case refers to the mathematical expression, people do end up celebrating this day by making, well, pie. Pies have existed since around 2000 BC; since then, the world has developed many different varieties.

 

Here are some of the different varieties of pie:

 

Stargazy Pie

A perfect pie, complete with stars and fish heads.

This traditional Cornish dish is said to honor English folk hero Tom Bawcock, who went fishing one night in the 16th century and came back with enough fish to end a famine. It is made with simple ingredients like potatoes and eggs and is distinguished by the intact fish heads poking up out of the crust.

 

Shaker Lemon Pie

The Protestant sect that created this pie was both frugal and resourceful, using as much of the lemon as possible. The pie was originally made with thin lemon slices, eggs, and sugar; people still make the pie today, and tasters describe a sweet, tangy filling and a buttery, crisp crust.

 

Pie Barm

The English town of Wigan loves its pie; they even host the World Pie Eating Championship. Townspeople have come up with many ways to eat those pies, like the Pie Barm, which consists of a meat pie between two halves of a butter roll and eaten like a sandwich.

 

Possum Pie

This signature Arkansas dessert doesn’t include any irascible marsupials; it’s just named after them, for some reason. Its layers most included chocolate custard, cream cheese, sour cream, or vanilla pudding. Fruit is a less common ingredient, and overall, any variations are made at the discretion of the chef.

 

Melktert

This South African pie is found at supermarkets, bake sales, bakeries, and celebrations; it’s the country’s unofficial dessert pie. The consistent ingredients of the pie are milk, sugar, eggs, and thickeners like flour; in addition, bakers will either sprinkle cinnamon on top or mix it into the milk.

 

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