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


2 spabettie March 14, 2012 at 9:08 am

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


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!


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… ;)


5 meg March 14, 2012 at 6:23 am

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


6 spabettie March 14, 2012 at 9:07 am

thanks, Meg – these are really REALLY good!


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!


8 spabettie March 14, 2012 at 9:05 am

happy Pie Day!! :D


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…


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.


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.


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!


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.


14 Rita March 14, 2012 at 9:54 am

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


15 spabettie March 15, 2012 at 7:13 am

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


16 Rita March 15, 2012 at 9:31 am

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


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


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!


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


20 katie March 14, 2012 at 12:29 pm

So cute! You celebrated Pi day very well ;)

Happy Wednesday love!


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


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.


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?


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!


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…


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!



27 spabettie March 15, 2012 at 7:02 am

and YOU always make me smile, Shirley! XXO!


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

These are adorable. Love the idea.


29 spabettie March 15, 2012 at 7:01 am

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


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!


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! ;)


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!


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!


34 Krista March 15, 2012 at 1:52 pm

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


35 spabettie March 15, 2012 at 4:18 pm

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


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

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


37 spabettie March 16, 2012 at 8:10 pm

thank you, Nat! that means a lot! XO


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

BRILLIANT! sounds like such an amazing combo – mmmmmmmm!


39 spabettie March 20, 2012 at 8:07 am

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


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