Pies, Tarts, and Baking Tips and Goodies for Pi Day

So, as we mentioned yesterday, it's 3.14 - Pi Day! For all of you who graduated and promptly forgot any math not directly related to balancing a checkbook (well, maybe some of that too), here's a brief summary of the number pi - 3.14159. Actually, that number keeps going and going and going - it never ends. Why? It represents the ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter.

What does this have to do with cooking? Nothing, really, except for a happy homophone connection. Also, we suspect that a better grasp of pi would somehow make us better pie bakers and especially pie cutters. Not a supported suspicion, but one we harbor all the same. The important thing is - pie! It's an excuse to eat some. Read on for some of our favorite pie tips, tricks, and tools...

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Recipes
As we were looking for past pie recipes, we realized that we have many more tarts than pies in the recipe archives. Why? Probably because we got a new tart pan this year and have been playing. They're closely enough related, don't you think? Here's links to a few:

Ginger Pumpkin Pie with Graham Cracker Crust
Abby's Blueberry Pie
Book Journal: Drunken Grape Tart
Peach and Thyme Polenta Tart
Tart Lemon Tart

Tips
Good Question: Chocolate Pie for Pie Day?
Questions for Allie: Why Is My Pie Dough Shrinking?

Products
Hot or Not - Pie Crust Bag
Best Products: Hess Pie Plates
Solid Brass Pie Crimper

Do you have a favorite pie tip, trick, or piece of good advice? Have you figured out how to cut a pie into eight equal slices? Do you have a favorite pan, or a favorite recipe?

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