Pie might be the most versatile of life's treats. A light, buttery crust has proven itself worthy of virtually every filling from sweet chocolate and tart blackberries to savory meat and potatoes -- and we're still discovering new ways to enjoy it. To celebrate Pi Day (March 14 = 3.14, the number represented by the pi symbol), we rounded up the ultimate compendium of this beloved baked good to ensure a slice that will suit every palate.
The filling for this pie is covered with a thin layer of superfine sugar, which turns into a beautiful, brittle sheet of caramel when bruleed, or burned, with a small kitchen blowtorch (available at amazon.com). That step is optional, though -- the pie is terrific without it, too. Note: the total time for this recipe includes making the dough, cooling, and chilling.