Happy Pi Day!


The number π (spelled out as "pi") is a mathematical constant, approximately equal to 3.14159. Pi is commonly defined as the ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter.


Pi is the most studied number in mathematics. Pi has uses in physics, astronomy, architecture and construction. It has been a vital part of everything from arches and bridges to the Pyramids of Egypt.


The short form of Pi is often represented as 3.14. That’s why March 14 (or 3/14) is celebrated by math enthusiasts worldwide as Pi Day!


Are you trying to spend less money eating out? You can celebrate Pi Day and cook an affordable meal for your family by making pie at home. Pizza pie, that is! To bake your perfect pi pie, follow this recipe:


Make Pizza Dough at Home (optional)


You could use a ready-made pizza crust, a crust mix, or canned pizza crust. But if you want the full experience and feel confident working with yeast and dough, start at least a day early (to give the dough time to rise) and make your own New York City style pizza dough with these ingredients:


Toppings:

  • 7 1/2 cups bread flour

  • 3 cups water room temp at 72°

  • 1 tbsp dry yeast

  • 2 tbsp sea salt or kosher salt

  • 2 tbsp olive oil

Directions:

  • Mix the water and yeast in the stand mixer bowl or use a mixing bowl and a hand mixer.

  • Add the flour and knead for 2 minutes.

  • Add the salt and knead for 2 more minutes.

  • Pour in the oil and knead for 4 more minutes.

  • Let the dough rest for 15 minutes covered with plastic wrap or foil.

  • Portion dough into even 3 dough balls for large pizzas OR 4 dough balls for medium pizzas.

  • Spray non-stick cooking spray or oil into a quart-sized storage bag and place each ball of dough into bags.

  • Keep refrigerated 24-48 hours before use. You can use leftover dough balls to make pizza for up to five days.

Pi Pizza


Toppings:

  • 5 ounces shredded mozzarella cheese

  • 1 ounce Pecorino Romano or Parmesan cheese, grated

  • Small pack of pepperoni or plant-based substitute

  • 4 leaves, fresh basil

  • 2 ounces olive oil

Directions:

  • Remove the dough from your fridge one hour before making pizza and let it rest at room temperature.

  • Preheat your oven to 550°F (or as high as it will go if it will not reach 550°F.)

  • Sprinkle a thick layer of flour dust on a clean, smooth countertop surface.

  • Gently remove the dough from the storage bag and place it on the flour dust.

  • Softly press the dough out from the center with your fingertips and form into a round, flat shape. (Sometimes this takes practice!)

  • When pressing out the dough, make sure it doesn’t stick to the counter and can slide freely.

  • Once your dough is formed, spray a baking sheet with non-stick spray and carefully transfer the dough onto the baking sheet.

  • Use a brush to lightly brush a base of olive oil onto the dough.

  • Shred the mozzarella cheese evenly across the pizza.

  • Use pepperoni slices to form the shape of the Pi symbol in the center of the pizza. (If you wish, add additional pepperoni slices to other parts of the pizza.)

  • Bake the pizza in the oven at 550°F for 10-13 minutes or until the crust is golden brown.

  • Roll and slice the basil leaves into strips, chiffonade style, or tear the leaves into small bits.

  • When the pizza is fully baked, remove from the oven and top with Pecorino Romano or grated Parmesan.

  • Spread basil evenly over the pizza.

  • Take a picture for social media, then cut into slices and enjoy!

Be sure to post pictures of how your Pi Day pie came out on our Facebook page!


Those with gluten sensitivities or food allergies to any ingredients should avoid eating and seek an alternative recipe.
Pictures may vary from actual pizza.