Happy 3.14! I couldn’t let Pi Day go by without making some kind of dessert in a crust, but as it’s also the end of the week there was no way I was going to spend hours in the kitchen on a Thursday night.
Luckily, I found this super fast and easy recipe for Pineapple Coconut Pie on Pinterest (apparently there’s more on there than just Doctor Who memes and pictures of Hanson), and the whole pie only took about 10 minutes to put together and another 45 minutes to bake. If you’re a purist and need to make your own pie dough, please feel free. I’m quite happy with the frozen ones, unless I’m doing something special with a walnut or gingersnap crust or something.
I also remembered that I had the Pi symbol mold – something I bought a year ago with the idea that I would have a math-themed birthday party for one of my co-workers. But then I forgot I bought it, forgot the whole math theme idea, threw something else together at the last minute, then found the mold in a cabinet a month after his birthday and went, “Oh yeeeeaahhh.” Oops. At least I got a chance to use it now. I had yellow candy melts left over from last week’s Lego party and they only take a few minutes to do.
This was also my first pie made in my new Pi Pan! I posted about this flat-sided pie dish last month and one of my co-workers saw it and ordered it for me as a birthday surprise. I already own so much bakeware that I almost never buy anything new anymore, so getting this was a real treat, and a mysterious surprise since it was delivered to my desk without any kind of note. I started to think maybe I’d ordered it in my sleep. Awesome Christine finally took credit though and it was fun baking with something new.
The pie cooked very evenly, no burnt crust, and it really was easier to dish up with the flat sides. It also fits nicely in the Tupperware pie carrier thing I use to bring stuff in to the office, even without a round base.
I would like the Pi Pan people to make one that does 10-12 slices instead of just 8 though, since no one in my office ever takes a slice that big. They’ll cut these in half, or maybe thirds, insisting, “I just want a little taste.” It’s so hard baking for healthy people.
As for the pie itself, it’s sweet but not overly sugary and has a really nice tropical flavor to it. If you want to shake off the winter blues maybe you could have a luau and serve this up. Pineapple Coconut Pie would be fantastic for a “Psych” party as well, if you’re a fan of delicious flavor.