Happy Pi Day!

written by Jessica Chiasson Wood on March 14, 2014 in Dessert with 3 comments

In celebration of Pi Day, I’ll be featuring two delicious recipes from the Modernist Cuisine at Home cookbook: Flaky Pie Crust and Sous Vide Vanilla-Cinnamon Pastry Cream. Both of these pi-inspired recipes can be easily altered to incorporate different flavors and ingredients making the possibilities as endless as pi’s digits.

Every great pie starts with an amazing crust and any filling you can dream up.

Flaky Pie Crust

Once you’ve completed your pie crust, you’ll need a delicious filling. We recommend trying Modernist Cuisine’s Sous Vide Vanilla-Cinnamon Pastry Cream, an easy and delicious cream pie filling.

Vanilla Pastry

You’ll notice that both of these recipes require you to prepare ingredients sous vide, a method of low-temperature cooking that often employs a hot water bath. The team at Modernist Cuisine have developed an easy and approachable way you can prepare food sous vide using just your kitchen sink, a Ziploc bag, and a kitchen thermometer. Watch Maxime Bilet, coauthor of Modernist Cuisine, show you how to use this simple and fun sous vide method:

If you’re interested in learning more about sous vide cooking, Modernist Cuisine at Home’s Cooking Sous Vide chapter has more details on this and other clever sous vide techniques, including how to cook sous vide in the oven or in an insulated cooler.

Not only will these two recipes help you make delicious pies, we think they’re especially appropriate given Modernist Cuisine at Home’s scientific approach to cooking. We hope you enjoy, and again, happy Pi Day!

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