With its "go big or go home" mentality, it’s no surprise that the Lone Star State is the birthplace of this deep-dish behemoth. Towering over most other pastries, the aptly named Lord of the Pies calls for a whopping 10 whole Granny Smith apples – the fruit’s tart punch is tempered by Emporium Pie’s rich house-made caramel and a generous heap of cinnamon crumb topping. A tender, all-butter crust completes the Texan showstopper.
When most of us talk of "pi" it's usually concerning the kind that's presented on a dessert trolly and follows a mouthwatering main course in a restaurant. However, that's "pie". Granted they're spelt slightly differently, but when you're faced with scrumptious sweet crust and enticing apple filling – for example – that missing letter "e" is quickly forgotten.
Pi – or 𝜋 – on the other hand, is a mathematical constant defined by the ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter. It's approximately equal to 3.14159 and was deteremined by Archimedes of Syracuse, a Greek mathematician, physicist and astronomer, over 2000 years ago. What makes it so intriguing is that no end to the number has ever been found. It's currenly at more than 31 trillion decimal places. And today's date is 3-14, you see.
So, we've just blown your mind... how about we now blow your taste buds and why not celebrate this annual excuse to overindulge by picking up one of the best pies in the US and contemplate this fantastic fraction.
You don't have to be in New York or L.A. (or Ronks, Pennsylvania, for that matter) to get your hands on the country’s favorite pies, either—most of these baked beauties can be shipped cross-country, just in time for friends and family to gather 'round this weekend.
Go old-school with a Southern sweet potato pie from Atlanta, or an early Americana-style shoo-fly pie from Pennsylvania. Dig into regional specialties like Portland's blueberry pie (made from wild fruit harvested in Maine) or try chocolate haupia (coconut) pie from the island of Oahu. Looking for something out of the box? Order up an unexpected creation like Momofuku's famed milk bar pie in NYC, or Spinning J Bakery’s key lime-hibiscus pie in Chicago.
Whether you stick to tradition or start a brand new one, we'll help you follow the sweet scent (virtually, or in-person) to some of the best bakeries in the USA. While you're at it, consider ordering up some sweets from the best chocolate shops in the country, too. We promise neither you or your guests will be able to resist these best pies in America.