Yes, Pi Day celebrates the mathematicians out there. However, Pi Day for me equals pie day. When I saw the Beauty and the Beast inspired pie video on the Food Network’s Facebook page, it was love at first sight. However, I’m not especially crafty in the kitchen. So I needed a more basic way to make this pie. Thus I enlisted my husband’s help, because he’s artsy like that. Here’s how to make a Beauty and the Beast pie for Pi Day with some simple hacks.
The Original Beauty and the Beast Pie
First, take a look at the video at the original in the link below.
Isn’t it gorgeous?
I saw it, drooled, and dreamed of one day having a pie like that. Well then Pi Day came, school was cancelled, and I jokingly asked my husband to make me one. There was no way we had the time to make one as beautiful as the original, but we gave it our best shot and found some shortcuts.
Beauty and the Beast Pie Hacks for Pi Day
First, we didn’t bake our own pie. Since we had no idea how this was going to turn out, I just bought a pie from the grocery store. We bought a coconut custard pie, because it had a flat surface to work with.
Second, we purchased clear piping gel from Michael’s. I read in the comments on the video that they used agar and added lemon and sugar. The clear piping gel has agar in it, so we called it good.
Third, we bought refrigerated pie crust to make the design, cut it in strips, and then my husband just twisted the dough to make the rose and stained glass effect. We painted black food coloring onto the strips. I didn’t want to buy black food coloring, so we mixed blue, green, and red together. When we started painting we noticed it was coming out a little green, so we added a bit more red, and that turned it black. Then we added vanilla to the food coloring, really for no other reason than that’s what they said in the comments of the video.
Simple Steps for Making Beauty and the Beast Pie on Pi Day
Next, we separated the piping gel into bowls and added food coloring. You can really make the sections of the stained glass any colors you want.
In the video they used a medicine dropper to add the colors. We didn’t have any of those, but we did have 50 syringes from infant liquid medicine that we’ve accumulated over the years. That did the trick.
My contribution was adding the little Wilton gold balls, also purchased from Michael’s. Once all the gel was on, I just dropped them one by one. Not perfect, but it added a little bling.
When all the colors were finished we baked the pie for 10-15 minutes. I just checked every once in awhile to make sure the pie edges weren’t burning.
And done! The kids were so excited to eat this pie! We are all huge Beauty and the Beast fans. Pi Day is definitely an excuse for me to experiment with pies, and this one was fun to make! Thank you, Food Network and Pies are Awesome for the inspiration. With these hacks, it really wasn’t *as* difficult as I thought it would be, but then again, my husband did all the artwork. It may not be as pretty as the original, but we were all proud of the outcome. This is for those who aren’t as talented in the baking department as they’d like to be. You know, my people. Happy Pi Day, everyone!
What do you think? Were we close? 🙂 Happy baking!