Transcendental Hand Pies: Where baking and mathematics unite!

February 27, 2015 in Category: Entertaining

Inextricably linked by name* and geometry**, Pi and Pie go hand in hand. So, in honor of National Pi (π) Day – 3/14 – we geeked out and baked a trio of Transcendental Hand Pies. Using Trader Joe’s pre-made-from-scratch (using real butter) Frozen Pie Crusts as our constant, crafting these circular, palm-able pastries is as easy as… oh… pie.

Trader Joe's Pie Crust - Perfect for Hand Pies!

Because it’s pi pie, there are infinite possibilities – for filling, that is. We calculated sweet, fruit fillings with saucy flair – Blueberry-Lemon, Cherry-Cocoa Almond, Apple-Fleur De Sel Caramel – because they are, in our estimation, transcendental.

Literally meant to be eaten out of hand, these sweet treats are perfect for a celebration of digits. Plus, they’re portable and easy to share. And while we do advocate honoring irrational numbers, these Pi(e)s are just as perfect for everyday desserts, picnics or parties.

Blueberry-Lemon Hand Pie Recipe

Make your own Trader Joe's Blueberry Lemon Hand Pies

This permutation features Wild Boreal Blueberries (from Quebec), Lemon Curd (from England)  and vibrant lemon zest (from a Lemon). It’s blueberry sweet and tangy – the kind of vibrant that you feel on your tongue and teeth. Get the Blueberry-Lemon Hand Pie recipe!

Cherry-Cocoa Almond Hand Pie Recipe

Make your own Trader Joe's Cherry Cocoa Almond Hand Pies

This composition highlights the deep, tart sweetness of Dark Morello Cherries luxuriating in rich Cocoa-Almond silkiness. It bursts with bold flavor that you will feel in your cheeks – that’s right, you’ll be smiling. Get the Cherry-Cocoa Almond Hand Pie recipe!

Apple-Fleur de Sel Caramel Hand Pie Recipe

Make your own Trader Joe's Apple Fleur De Sel Caramel Hand Pies

This classic combination showcases delicate Gala Apple sweetness flirting with the satiny depths of Fleur De Sel Caramel Sauce. Dressed with a squeeze of Meyer lemon juice and a pinch of sea salt, it’s intricate, delectable – lip-licking. Get the Apple-Fleur de Sel Caramel Hand Pie recipe!

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Have a happy Pi(e) Day (every day)!

*Pi and Pie do sound alike, but did you know that if you hold a mirror up to the most significant digits of π (3.14), it actually spells PIE!
** You need Pi to determine the size of your Pie… Area=πr2  (‘r’ is the radius or distance from center to the edge of the pie)

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Tags: Baking, Pi, Holiday, Pie