March 14, 2022 is International Pi Day. This is because the first three digits of Pi are 3.14.
This is a whimsical holiday that is often celebrated by eating your favorite pies. In honor of Pi day, you can have some fun by making a pie with your kids. Baking can teach kids many useful skills that they can use in the future as well.
What is Pi?
Pi is a special number that is used in mathematical formulas.
According to Scientific American, "Succinctly, pi—which is written as the Greek letter for p, or π—is the ratio of the circumference of any circle to the diameter of that circle. Regardless of the circle's size, this ratio will always equal pi."
Once you get into advanced math classes like geometry, trigonometry or calculous, you will end up using Pi for computations. Because of this, you can use this whimsical holiday to teach kids that math is fun too.
In honor of Pi Day, here is my partner's famous apple pie recipe that he makes for us at holidays! This originally came from our friend's mom's cookbook, but we don't know which one. He says, this is the simplest apple pie you can make!
Perfect Apple Pie
6-8 Tart apples, pared, cored and thinly sliced (6 cups)
3/4 to 1 cup sugar
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/2 to 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
dash ground nutmeg
pastry for 2-crust 9-inch pie
2 tablespoons butter
oven 400 degrees
If apples lack tartness, sprinkle with about 1 tablespoon lemon juice. Combine sugar, flour, spices and dash salt; mix with apples. Line 9-inch pie plate with pastry. Fill with apple mixture; dot with butter. Adjust top crust, cutting slits for escape of steam; seal. Sprinkle with sugar. Bake at 400 for 50 minutes or until done.
What is your favorite pie? Let me know in the comments. Also let me know if you tried this recipe and how it turned out.