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 Ensign, was 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.
- 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.
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