Thursday, March 14, 2013

Celebrate National Pi Day with Virtual Potluck & Enter to Win a Prize Package Worth OVer $300

By: The Food Hunter

It's national Pi Day and the Virtual Potluck Bloggers are having a pie palooza. What exactly does that mean?  Well we have lots of pie recipes to share with you and since its a virtual potluck we don't want you to go home empty handed!  So one lucky reader with win over $300 worth of prizes, thanks to our sponsors at Beanilla, My Spice, Wholesome Sweetners,Zak, and Good Cook. (See entry form below)

Be sure to check out all the VP Bloggers to see what they brought to the party! (Don't worry you only have tot enter on one of the blogs)

 Pi Day Virtual Potluck Giveaway

My contribution to this event is a Lemon Cheese Danish Pie...that's right a danish pie.  I took the best part of the danish; the filling and the cheese and put it into a pie crust. The result is a nice tart lemon flavor mellowed out by the sweetened cream cheese center.

Lemon Cheese Danish Pie

Lemon Filling
4 large eggs
1 cup sugar
2/3 cup fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt

In a bowl beat the eggs until thick. Add in the rest of the ingredients and continue beating until combined.

Cream Cheese Filling
8 oz cream cheese
1/3 cup sugar
1 egg yolk
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt 
Place the cream cheese and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment and cream them together on low speed until smooth. With the mixer still on low, add the egg yolks, ricotta, vanilla, salt, and lemon zest and mix until just combined. Don't whip!

Sweet Tart Crust
2 1/3 cups all purpose flour
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking powder
freshly grated zest of 1 small lemon
3/4 cup unsalted butter, cold, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
1 large egg
1 large egg yolk
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup heavy cream
few drops of ice water

Place the flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, and citrus zest in the bowl of a food processor and pulse several times to combine the dry ingredients. Add all of the cold, cubed butter to the bowl and pulse to process the mixture until it is sandy and there are no visible lumps of butter.

In a small bowl, whisk together the egg, egg yolk, vanilla, and heavy cream. Add the wet ingredients tot he food processor and pulse 3 or 4 times, or until the dough comes together. If necessary, add some ice water, a few drops at a time, to make the dough come together.

Remove the dough from the food processor and work it with your hands to even out any dry and wet spots. Form the dough into a ball, flatten into a disk, wrap in plastic, and chill until firm, 1 to 2 hours, before rolling out. You can freeze the dough well wrapped, for up to 2 months.

Putting it all together
Preheat oven 325. Roll out the dough into your pie pan.  Place all of the cream cheese filing in the center; making a nice circular shape.  Pour in the lemon filling around the cream cheese.  Place in oven and bake for 30 mins or until the lemon filling is set.


  1. Love tour lemon pie for #PiDay! Looks delicious!

    Those entering can check out other Virtual Potluck Recipes here:

    Savory Tomato Pie by 30AEATS
    Crustless Crab & Asparagus Quiche by Diabetic Foodie
    CatBoy Plum Jam Crostata by Cookistry
    Mini-Lemon Pies by Miss in the Kitchen
    Goat Cheese Quiche with Sweet Potato Crust by Farmgirl Gourmet
    Carrot Jalapeño Cheese Pie by Cooking with Books

  2. Yum....lemon + danish = hook a sister up!!

  3. Oh sweet HESUS...My problem with this amazing pie-danish...danish-pie, is that my dad and I would fight over it. So, to win the game, I'd slap some chocolate ice cream on a piece so I would be sure to get some.

  4. YUM! I have been craving lemon everything and this looks so fantastic!

  5. Diet? what diet? this looks SO temptingly delicious.