I’m a Day Late, but Guess What I Baked (for Yesterday)!

I feel like I try too hard every week to think of a new way to start blogs when I inevitably type “so this week I” every time when I start. I chose to change that phrase into this mess today, so I’m not sure if that’s an improvement, but it’s a difference all the same.

It was Pi Day Yesterday, as probably all of you know, which is so very exciting and inspirational. So inspiring and inspirational that, when I went to think about how I had said I wanted to make mousse this week, I realized that I was missing literally the perfect opportunity for math and baking. Like, if it’s Pi Day, I think I am seriously failing as a baker if I do not make pie!!!

I was in Regina this weekend so I made my pie with the lady who is related to me in a very complex way involving ” third cousins twice removed” and things like that. She is an excellent cook and an excellent baker, so it was awesome to learn from her. We did like, everything from scratch. We made the graham cracker crust (which like I have NEVER made, I didn’t even know that was a thing people did). It wasn’t that bad, even though I second guessed myself constantly as I was pressing the crumbs and butter and sugar in to the pie plate.

The recipe itself called only for egg yolks, so we did some egg separating! I saw it happen! It was a thing! I didn’t do it myself because she does it with like, the two egg shells and the pass it between the two thing, and I don’t think I’m nearly talented enough for that. Next weekend I am going to try the pop bottle method and let you all know how that goes.

The pie filling needed to be heated and stirred until thickened, and that was also incredible, because that happens so quickly. Like, for the first ten minutes, nothing was happening and I was stirring liquid and thinking that maybe we’d done something wrong and were just going to have to eat coconut soup and call it pie. But then, over the course of like 30 seconds, suddenly it thickened and was doing the slow bubble thing.

When it was finished, I put that stuff into the pie crust, shoved it in the oven, and we went about making the meringue.

The recipe we had technically asked for a dream whip topping, but we had all these egg whites, so we whipped them up with sugar and stuff and made a meringue! I have never ever never ever never seen that done before. Ever. And I have certainly never done it myself! Let me tell you, the most exciting thing in the world is when the eggs start to like, get more frothy, and then you add sugar and like, it turns into magic and I think I’m a wizard, Harry.

Once we added the meringue on top, and ovened it for a bit, we left it outside to cool (yay Canadian winters! Good for something, I guess!)

The pie was really tasty – I am a fan of coconut, it’s a different kind of sweet that I don’t find overwhelming. So this was a great success and I learned a ton!

I learned how to make meringue, I learned how to separate eggs the ‘old fashioned’ way, I learned how to make a graham cracker crust, and I learned to trust a recipe when it says the coconut soup will thicken.


Now, obviously, I think that I would never forgive myself if I didn’t tie the making of pie with pi. That would be just a missed opportunity, don’t you think?

 PC30.1 – Extend understanding of angles to angles in standard position, expressed in degrees and radians.

I’d like to point out that I don’t think I would use the pie for the discovery and understanding of radians, because I think there’s some useful treaty and Indigenous content there involving basket weaving and the inherent way some First Nations’ groups use pi without calling it pi (six hands and a thumb…so I guess tau technically, but let’s not get into that debate right here right now on the use of pi and things, I would rather we were all friends and ate pie instead of debating (at this moment, I am a fan of a good old fashioned debate, but I didn’t put my debate shoes on, so I am not prepared)). So instead, I think I would use the pie to introduce the unit circle. Make students actually make the cuts and see the sizes and I don’t know, it’s not exactly inquiry or anything complex. I just think it could be fun to have students looking at a tangible model of the unit circle and to be measuring and cutting the angles out.

Not as in depth math as some of the others, but I also think that there is so much less fun had in pre-calculus, so you know what? I think we all deserve to cut up some pie once in a while!

6 thoughts on “I’m a Day Late, but Guess What I Baked (for Yesterday)!

  1. Okay, if I’m being real with you, I don’t like pie. But the pie you made looks absolutely delicious! I do love graham crackers, so I would have really enjoyed the crust. Also, I’m really excited for you to do the separation of the egg yolk with a pop bottle.

    Okay, Okay. My dad made the brownies we were talking about and it’s super delicious! So you need to bake these, this is my recommendation this week. We didn’t have Oreos so he used graham crackers and icing for the middle layer. This is the recipe he used: http://whatsgabycooking.com/slutty-brownies/

    Fun Fact: The string 03152017 (the date you posted this) occurs at position 113197551. This string occurs 1 times in the first 200M digits of Pi. Counting from the first digit after the decimal point. You can do this super fun thing at this website: http://www.angio.net/pi/

    • I thought I already wrote a reply to this comment, but I can’t seem to find it anywhere…perhaps it has flown away, alas!

      I used to hate pie as a child because we only had apple or lemon meringue. Turns out that I only hate those two flavours and I’d just never explored enough, haha!

      Thanks for the follow up on the brownies, I’m glad they were good! I will have to try them out, maybe make mousse on the side as “ice cream” and pretend it’s totally conventional. I will also have to make them with Oreos so that we can see which was is better!

      Thanks for the awesome fact, that is literally my favourite thing to do, and to geek out about. Pi is super cool.

  2. Mmm.. Pie…
    I will admit that I used to not be a fan of pie, mainly because of the fruit ingredients (I was a foolish child that thought “who wants fruit when I can have chocolate!” and missed out on the amazingness that pie actually is).

    Really cool way of how you might use something so simple to enhance a lesson so thoroughly. It really goes to show that even a little bit of out of the box thinking can go a long way!

    Thanks so much for sharing!

  3. Thank you for sharing your recipe. To be honest back in my home country I never knew what Pie is except a Pi. I started knowing pies in Canada and I kind a liked it. It looks that your pieis tasty but i like something with lemon taste.
    I liked the way how you related it to maths. Good work. Keep it up.

  4. wow! What an amazing looking pie! I LOVE coconut! I did not know I loved it until I was tasting wedding cakes for my wedding- then POW my love of coconut began! I, however, have never made a coconut pie. It looks fantastic and I just might have to look it up on pinterest and make it sometime!

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