It’s 3.14, people, and you know what that means.  It’s Pi Day!  It’s the one food holiday I make sure to celebrate each year.  Sure, most of us make pies for Thanksgiving, but those tend to be the classics – pumpkin, pecan, etc.  I like Pi Day because it gives me a chance to bake a new pie I haven’t tried yet, and the very date on the calendar is a perfectly legit reason.  As I do every year at this time, I mulled over many choices in my mind, considering both sweet and savory options.  This time it was coconut cream pie I couldn’t get out of my mind.  Believe it or not, I’ve never actually tried coconut cream pie before this.  Newsflash (to probably only myself) – it’s fabulous.

Never having tried another version, obviously I have no basis for comparison, but I loved this pie.  The coconut custard filling is silky smooth and luscious without being too rich.  A cloud of freshly whipped cream on top makes nearly any pie better, and this is certainly no exception.  I went the extra mile and made fresh coconut curls for the top (tutorial coming next week) – such fun and so pretty.  I just love the way they look!  Are you celebrating Pi Day with pie?  I want to know what flavors you all are making!

And as always on this day, I would like to dedicate this pi(e) to the world’s best calculus teacher (and almost certainly the world’s best teacher), Mr. Strawn.  Thanks for being awesome!