One Dozen Pies for Pi Day

2008_04_11-LemonPie2.jpg2009_03_16-PieThumbs.jpgTomorrow is 3/14, which is known among math lovers—and now bakers, too—as pi/pie day (get it? 3.14 is pi, which rhymes with...).

Since we covered this day last year, our pie archives have gotten quite a bit fatter. We had 29 entries in our Best Pie Bakeoff in November—so many beautiful, creative projects from our readers. And we've made some of our own, too. Here are 12 of our favorites.TOP ROW

1. Meyer Lemon Shaker Pie. The pictures of this pie always stop us in our tracks. So beautiful and sunny- and a perfect pie for this time of year.

2. Apple Blackberry Pie with Ginger. This is practically a template for any sort of fruit pie. Easy, rustic, and quick.

3. Persimmon Tart. Another one where the filling shines without a lot of added ingredients. If you can wait for your persimmons to get mushy, this is a pretty way to use them.

4. End of Summer Prune Plum Pie. "End of summer" for Sara Kate, who lives in New York. But maybe you have these little Italian plums growing in your area?

5. Bean Brulee Tart. Definitely one of the most unique pies from our Best Pie Bakeoff- creamy beans blended into a sweet filling. We still haven't tried this recipe yet, but it's on our list.

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6. Candy Apple Pie. Bold and beautiful, with a graham cracker crust, layers of apples and custard, and caramel drizzled on top. Oh goodness.

7. Cherry Berry Pie. We love the decorative cutouts on the top, and cherry pie is one of those classics that we don't see as often as we'd like.

8. Rustic Pear Custard Pie. A nice departure from apples! Pear seems like such a natural ingredient for pie, especially with a custard filling.

9. Pecan and Date Pie. This was based on a Cooking Light recipe, so maybe it's less guilt-inducing? Hmm. We love the idea of dates for sweetness.

10. Nearly Instant Apple Cinnamon Mini-Tarts These make use of those little lumps of leftover dough, and they take almost no time. You can have a taste of pie without the trouble.

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11. Blueberry Lavender Cream Pie. Remember this one from last year? A spectacular purple color and a fancy secret ingredient.

12. Apple apple pie. Too cool. If only we had the pastry skills for this one...

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Three Basic Pie Crust Recipes

(Images: See linked posts for individual photo credits; top image by Faith Durand)

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