Happy Pi Day! Celebrate with 52 pie recipes

It’s Pi Day! While geekdom recognizes March 14 (3.14) as the unofficial glorious day symbolic of the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter, we say, make a pie.

We’ve compiled 52 of our favorite pie recipes -- everything from cream pies to berry pies to custard pies and more -- to help you out. That strawberry pie pictured above? You can find the recipe below.

Happy Pi Day!

RECIPES: 52 favorite pies from the L.A. Times Test Kitchen


Strawberry pie
Total time: 20 minutes, plus chilling time

Servings: Makes 1 (9-inch) pie

1/2 cup sugar

1 cup water, divided

1/2 cup orange juice, from about 1 large orange

1/2 cup rum

1 sprig mint

3 tablespoons cornstarch

8 cups strawberries, about 2 1/2 pounds, hulled

1 baked 9-inch single pie crust

1. In a medium, nonreactive saucepan, stir together the sugar, one-half cup water, the orange juice and the rum. Gently crush the sprig of mint in your hand to release the oils, and place the mint in the pan. Bring the mixture to a simmer over medium heat, about 5 minutes, and continue to simmer for 2 to 3 minutes to marry the flavors. Remove from heat.

2. While the liquid is coming to a simmer, whisk together the cornstarch and remaining one-half cup water to form a slurry. Stir the slurry into the pan, then heat the pan over medium-low heat and cook until the liquid thickens (it should just begin to bubble), 3 to 4 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and discard the mint sprig.

3. Arrange the strawberries in the prepared crust. Pour the thickened filling over the berries, then refrigerate the pie 3 to 4 hours to set the filling.

Each of 8 servings: 338 calories; 4 grams protein; 46 grams carbohydrates; 4 grams fiber; 13 grams fat; 6 grams saturated fat; 19 mg. cholesterol; 22 grams sugar; 222 mg. sodium.

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