6 Recipes to Celebrate Pi Day (Plus Our Complete Guide to Perfect Crust)
March 14 has become an unofficial celebration of all things crusty, flaky, and filled. And while Pi Day may have its roots in math class, at Lodge we prefer to celebrate with an assortment of golden, gorgeous pies. With its awesome heat retention and distribution, a cast iron pie pan turns out to be a great way to achieve a flaky crust. To get you started on your cast iron pie journey, we created a complete guide to perfect pie crust (with pictures!). Dig out the flour and butter, get your hands dirty, and then read on for our favorite pie recipes.
Let’s not pigeon-hole pumpkin: this versatile vegetable has a place on your table and in your pies year-round, not just at Thanksgiving. A lightly spiced whipped cream takes this traditional dessert to new levels of complexity and yum.
A creamy maple custard nestled in buttery crust is the base for this wintery dessert. Sugared cranberries have been added for a sweet-meets-tart combo, but customize your toppings for the season or your tastes. Grilled pineapple or fresh raspberries, anyone?
This cornmeal crust builds on the basics but adds a bit of crunch that perfectly complements soft, sweet blueberries. Nothing is as satisfying as a good slice a la mode. Feel free to use other berries or stone fruits and adjust sugar as necessary.
This lattice-topped pie is as satisfying to look at as to eat. And while we love the flavor of fresh berries (especially in the summer!) we’ve certainly been known to use frozen ones, too. Customize this recipe with the fillings of your choosing.
The Complete Guide to the Perfect Pie Crust (With Pictures!)
Follow these steps to make the perfect pie dough, plus recipes, tips from our test kitchen, and essential equipment for a seamless process.
Why Bake in Cast Iron
The pan you choose has a lot to do with how heat travels to and through what you’re baking, and therefore has a big influence on your results.
This recipe uses staple ingredients found in most pantries. The cornmeal is what distinguishes this pie from other custard pies.
Tips & Tricks for Baking in Cast Iron
Cast iron baking is more than the bakeware you use; it’s an experience and a relationship that will last beyond your lifetime.