Happy Pi Day everyone! This celebration – other than allowing major food chains like Pieology, Blaze Pizza, and Whole Foods to capitalize upon this opportunity by offering festive Pi Day deals and for pizza and pie lovers to shamelessly self-indulge – commemorates the mathematical symbol used to calculate the circumference and diameter of a circle (and also Einstein’s birthday!)
To mark this day, I’ve decided to share one of my favorite recipes with you all. This recipe is a blast to make when you’re tired of your average, run-of-the-mill pie and are looking for something new.
I used guava paste to fill the tartlets, but lemon curd or chocolate ganache work as well. While most pies and tart crusts start off with combining cold butter with the dry ingredients, the recipe I used was much simpler (god bless David Lebovitz). Just put all your ingredients (except flour) in a hot oven, take it out and add the flour!
- 1 1/2 stick butter
- 6 tablespoons water
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1 large pinch salt
- 2 cups flour
- 14 oz guava paste
- juice of half a lemon
1. Let’s start with the crust first! Preheat the oven to 400°F and take out a muffin tin.
2. Place the butter, water, sugar, oil, and salt in a medium ovenproof bowl and stir to combine.
3. Place the bowl in the oven and heat until the mixture starts to brown, approximately 15 minutes.
4. Remove the bowl from the oven (carefully; it’s hot) and add the flour all at once. Stir the mixture quickly until thoroughly combined.
5. Divide the dough evenly among the muffin tins and spread it so that it forms a cup. Place aluminum foil over each cup and fill with rice (advantage of being Asian: you never run out of rice.) or beans. Doing so will ensure that the crust doesn’t rise and crack during the baking process.
6. Partially bake the crust in the oven for about 20 minutes. Take it out and allow it to cool. Lower the oven temperature to 350°F.
7. Meanwhile, take the guava paste and lemon juice and blend it in a blender until smooth. I bought my guava paste at the World Market; you can also find this paste at various Mexican supermarkets. Distribute the guava mixture into each tart cup, smooth it out, and bake the tarts in the 350°F oven for 20 more minutes or until the crust is golden brown.