We have a few math geeks living at our house. And when I say math geeks, I mean serious math geeks. So geeky that one member of my household does math proofs…for fun. So Pi Day is always celebrated. Usually with a pie in our pi plate.
Though some years it has been celebrated with a Pi pie:
Any pie recipe will do, but my daughter is particularly fond of mixed berry pie, since she can arrange the berries to form the pi symbol. She works as a math tutor and says pi day is her favorite day to go to work, since it is always celebrated properly.
For this mixed berry pie we decided to make the crust with crushed granola bars instead of graham crackers. Granola bars are just as easy to use as cookie or graham crackers and create a very flavorful crust!
- 8 - 9 oz crunchy granola bars (we used gf honey flavored)
- 4 tablespoons butter, melted
- ¾ cup sugar
- 3 Tablespoons cornstarch
- 1⅓ cups cold water
- ¼ cup blackberry fusion gelatin powder
- 1 - 8oz. pkg. of cream cheese, softened
- ¼ cup powdered sugar
- 1 tablespoon milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 3 cups berries
- Crush granola bars in a food processor or in a bowl with a potato masher:
- Add melted butter to crushed granola and mix well.
- Press into greased 9 inch pie dish. Bake at 350 degrees for 5 minutes.
- In a small saucepan combine the sugar, cornstarch, and water until smooth. Bring to a boil.
- Cook and stir for 2 minutes, or until thickened.
- Remove from heat; stir in gelatin until dissolved.
- Cool to room temperature. Refrigerate until slightly thickened.
- In a small bowl, combine cream cheese, powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla.
- Spread the cream cheese mixture over the pie crust.
- Arrange berries on top of the cream cheese mixture.
- Spoon the gelatin mixture over berries.
- Refrigerate until set.
This post is linked to Pi Day at Hounds in the Kitchen.