lavender date goat cheese Pi

by Kristina Sloggett

in baking,Dessert,Gluten Free,recipes,Vegan

Happy Pi Day!

When people ask what kind of music Jason’s band plays, I usually say “math rock”.

Today, I bring you “mathematical cuisine”. and it is totally irrational.

I started with my pie crust:

easy gluten free pie crust

dairy, soy, egg and gluten free, vegan

makes one single crust pie, or 8 Pi

1 cup sweet rice flour
1 cup all purpose flour (gluten free)
1/2 cup cold butter (Earth Balance soy free)
1/4 – 1/2 cup cold water*

Combine flours and butter – add water one tablespoon at a time until a dough ball forms. Knead and form a ball, wrap and refrigerate for 20 minutes. Roll on a floured surface and cut into shapes for single hand pies or form a pie crust.

Then I filled it with the most delectable filling:

lavender date goat cheese pie filling

dairy, soy, egg and gluten free, vegan

7 large dates, pitted
3-4 tablespoons water
4 ounces (vegan!) goat cheese

1 1/2 tablespoons culinary lavender 

In saucepan over medium heat, combine dates and water. Stir/mash until dates melt into a paste and absorb water. Remove from heat and allow to cool a bit. Add goat cheese and lavender, combine completely.  

To make hand pies, or Pi: Spoon filling onto crust, leaving room at the edges. Top with another Pi shape, pinch edges to seal. Bake at 350 for 14-18 minutes, removing when crust is lightly brown.

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Tangy, sweet and aromatic – these are my tasty tribute to Pi. I actually like the skinnier Pi better, they look more like Pi, but the fatter symbols are easier to fill with a decent amount of filling.

One year ago today: Pi and Nutella Coconut Hand Pies

Something fun: How to Calculate Pi by Throwing Frozen Hot Dogs

 

{ 39 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Heather (Where's the Beach) March 14, 2012 at 5:25 am

Well, you know I’m going to say YUM as usual ;-) Thanks for the recipe. The crust looks fantastic! Now when are you putting out a cookbook so I can stop bookmarking??? LOL

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2 spabettie March 14, 2012 at 9:08 am

haa – if only I had the time!! I should make some, right?

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3 Meri March 14, 2012 at 5:50 am

Reminds me of a pie shaped milano cookie for some reason! But without the chocolate! What a fun treat- happy pi/pie day!

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4 spabettie March 14, 2012 at 9:08 am

ha – I can see that, the kinda rounded shape… last year’s Pi pies had chocolate… ;)

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5 meg March 14, 2012 at 6:23 am

Yay! I love that you celebrated pi day with such a scrumptious pi(e)!

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6 spabettie March 14, 2012 at 9:07 am

thanks, Meg – these are really REALLY good!

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7 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) March 14, 2012 at 6:52 am

Happy Pie Day! I can’t think of any better way to celebrate!

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8 spabettie March 14, 2012 at 9:05 am

happy Pie Day!! :D

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9 Cara March 14, 2012 at 8:11 am

This is so damn cute, Kris! I heart it so :) I must know what AP gf flour mix you use!!! It always looks so beautiful and for the life of me, I cannot get my end products to have that almost wheat-like color. Teach me, oh wise one…

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10 spabettie March 14, 2012 at 9:04 am

I am loving this comment, because I was thinking these pies were SO pale! ;) and trust me, I get a fair amount of not pretty pies…

right now I am using Jules Gluten Free flours, I do also love my Bob’s Red Mill. The light color comes from watching like a hawk and taking them out before they brown (sometimes Jason wonders if they are completely cooked…) In the past I have used an oil or butter “wash” to get a golden hue, this time I did not.

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11 Cara March 14, 2012 at 12:15 pm

I have never heard of Jules but from the looks of it, I am going to stocking up. Girl, these are far beyond pale. Aside from legs {and I have some pretty pale legs!} I made THE palest cookies creatures known to man. These Pi Pies are perfection.

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12 Averie @ Averie Cooks March 14, 2012 at 9:01 am

I missed the message on Pi Day. You are wayyyyy ahead of the game. So cute with these little pi’s!

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13 spabettie March 14, 2012 at 9:09 am

ha… yeah, this one’s an obscure one, for sure. I just can’t help myself.

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14 Rita March 14, 2012 at 9:54 am

I second the cookbook idea, really now, you must!!

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15 spabettie March 15, 2012 at 7:13 am

aw, thank you Rita!! know anyone who could help me with that…? ;)

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16 Rita March 15, 2012 at 9:31 am

Say the word, I’m at your disposal. The world needs more Kristina.

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17 spabettie March 15, 2012 at 11:53 am

ah, Rita you’re the best. as soon as I have some spare time (HA!), I will get in touch. XO

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18 Kalinda March 14, 2012 at 10:24 am

Wow lady, you are awesome. My high school always celebrated Pi Day. You could usually get math extra credit for bringing in a pi themed dessert. Then everyone got to eat them for lunch. Of course there was never anything as amazing as these. The filling sounds divine!

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19 spabettie March 15, 2012 at 7:12 am

thanks, Kalinda – these are fun to make. and YES – the filling is so good, and you could make a “normal” pie… ;) Jason said it tasted like something we would order at our favorite ‘fancy’ restaurant… I took that as a good thing! :D

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20 katie March 14, 2012 at 12:29 pm

So cute! You celebrated Pi day very well ;)

Happy Wednesday love!

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21 spabettie March 15, 2012 at 7:10 am

thanks, Katie. XO

OH HEY… we got a house!! weeeeeeeeee! had to tell you first! well, first after our family and a couple friends. first HERE. XXO

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22 Rhonda March 14, 2012 at 1:02 pm

how clever! my sister is at my nephew’s school today celebrating Pi day but I doubt they have anything quite so cute.

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23 spabettie March 15, 2012 at 7:09 am

these are fun, and work well if you make a “wider” Pi… the ‘skinny’ ones look better to me, but have little filling. I’m glad to hear they are celebrating Pi in schools, seems like something they will remember, you know?

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24 Cara March 14, 2012 at 6:37 pm

I feel like the worst engineer ever. Totally forgot about Pi day and didn’t take it as an excuse to make pie. Your pi pies are super cute!

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25 spabettie March 15, 2012 at 7:06 am

oh, no! sorry you forgot… put a reminder on your calendar for next year (I will be honest and tell you that is what I did!) ;) this nerd forgets too…

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26 Shirley @ gfe March 14, 2012 at 7:25 pm

You never cease to amaze me, Kristina! Let me re-state that … you amaze me multiplied by 3.14……. ;-) Brilliant Pi Pie!

xo,
Shirley

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27 spabettie March 15, 2012 at 7:02 am

and YOU always make me smile, Shirley! XXO!

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28 Baker Street March 14, 2012 at 10:13 pm

These are adorable. Love the idea.

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29 spabettie March 15, 2012 at 7:01 am

thank you – I’m kindof a nerd, I suppose… these are fun to make!

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30 Leanne @ Healthful Pursuit March 15, 2012 at 5:12 am

I totally remember your little pi’s from last year. I love that you brought them back this year. So creative and awesome!

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31 spabettie March 15, 2012 at 7:00 am

these are really fun to make… this year I just winged it with a knife, Freestyle Pi! ;)

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32 Ashley F. March 15, 2012 at 6:23 am

Sooooo adorable! Though I don’t eat goat cheese, I love the concept! I don’t think I can wait until next Pi day to whip these up!

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33 spabettie March 15, 2012 at 6:50 am

I know, someone really needs to recreate a goat cheese flavor in a vegan cheese (I have tried!) :) I have had a couple cheeses recently, but they are from a local farm I met last summer at the farmers market, and they have happy goats!

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34 Krista March 15, 2012 at 1:52 pm

Are these adorable or what!? Plus, the ingredients make them irresistable!

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35 spabettie March 15, 2012 at 4:18 pm

thanks, Krista! and yes, the filling? Mmm!

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36 nat@thesweetslife March 15, 2012 at 7:11 pm

hands down the best pi day blog post i’ve seen!!

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37 spabettie March 16, 2012 at 8:10 pm

thank you, Nat! that means a lot! XO

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38 Kris @Krazy_Kris March 19, 2012 at 6:52 am

BRILLIANT! sounds like such an amazing combo – mmmmmmmm!

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39 spabettie March 20, 2012 at 8:07 am

thanks, Kris – PLEASE try it. you will LOVE it!

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