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The Pie That Saved a Pioneer + 8 Recipes for Pi Day Today

From pumpkin pie to apple pie to chicken pot pie, the tasty treat used to celebrate this quirky holiday has some unique connections to Latter-day Saints.

Pioneer Louisa Mellor Clark, a member of the Martin handcart company, told the story of how a pie saved her mother after she had given up on life and their journey: 

"My mother, still being weak, finally gave up and said she could go no further. The company could not wait for her, so she bade my father goodbye and kissed each one of the children Godspeed. Then my mother sat down on a boulder and wept. I told my sister, Elizabeth, to take good care of the twins and the rest of the family, and that I would stay with mother. I went a few yards away and prayed with faith that God would help us, that He would protect us from wolves, and that He would let us reach camp. As I was going back to where my mother was sitting I found a pie in the road. I picked it up and gave it to mother to eat. After resting awhile we started on our journey, thanking God for the blessings. A few miles before we reached camp we met my father coming out to meet us. We arrived in camp at 10:00 p.m."

Pie was also significant to President Joseph F. Smith, whose favorite lunch treat, according to a June 1976 Ensignwas custard pie. In addition to President Smith's recipe, we've rounded up more yummy pie recipes to help you celebrate this extra special pi day! Click on the links below to go directly to a recipe, or browse through for something new.

Carmel Apple Pie from the Lion House Bakery

Peanut Butter "Chunky Monkey" Pie from Our Best Bites: Mormon Moms in the Kitchen

Blueberry Meringue Pie from The Romney Family Table

Banana Cream Pie from Our Best Bites: Mormon Moms in the Kitchen

Classic Key Lime Pie from The Romney Family Table

Pie in a Jar from Our Best Bites: Mormon Moms in the Kitchen

Baked Apple Pie French Toast from The Six Sisters' Stuff


Chocolate Chiffon Pie

Chocolate Chiffon Pie

  • 1 9-inch pastry shell, baked and cooled
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 3⁄4 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 (1-ounce) square unsweetened chocolate, melted
  • 1 cup heavy cream; whipped with 4 tablespoons sugar to sweeten

Beat butter; add sugar and beat well. Add eggs one at a time, beating 5 minutes after each addition. Add vanilla and chocolate. Pour into prepared pie shell. Top with whipped cream.


The Romney Family Table

For more delicious recipes like this one, check out The Romney Family Table, available at deseretbook.com