What is Pi Day? It is a celebration of the infinite mathematical constant, pi. Pi Day is held on March 14 (3/14) each year to mark the the fact pi starts 3.14…
When I was young, my mom used to cook shapes and designs into our pancakes. That’s why I immediately thought of pancakes as a way to celebrate Pi Day.
Mom created her shapes by selectively browning the batter from one batch of pancakes, but I took it a step further and made two different pancake batters.
Pancake Batter 1.
The darker pi symbol is made from Arrowhead Mills Buckwheat Pancake and Waffle Mix made as per the package instructions for pancakes.
Pancake Batter 2.
The white batter comes from a favorite family recipe made from scratch.
- 1 cup unbleached, all purpose flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/3 cup melted Earth Balance or butter
- 1 egg or egg substitute
- 3/4 cup rice or soy milk
Mix the dry ingredients in a medium-sized bowl.
Melt the butter in the microwave or in the skillet you are going to prepare the pancake in.
Combine the wet ingredients in a small bowl or 2 cup measuring cup and beat well, particularly if you are using eggs.
Quickly add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix until just moistened. If the batter is too stiff, add another Tablespoon of the milk. If it seems too runny, add a Tablespoon or two of additional flour. When added to the hot skillet, the batter should flow smoothly, but shouldn’t be so thin it spreads out completely.
To assemble the pi pancake:
- Teaspoon measuring spoon
- 1/3 to 1/2 cup measuring cup
- Skillet or griddle
- Pancake flipper appropriate for your skillet or griddle surface
Preheat a large skillet or grill to medium hot or the temperature you usually use for cooking pancakes. Depending on the skillet or griddle surface, you may need to add a bit of oil, Earth Balance or butter to prevent sticking.
Using a teaspoon measuring spoon, scoop batter 1. Drizzle the batter onto the skillet or griddle in the shape of the Greek letter pi. You may need a few spoonfuls, but work as quickly as possible. When you have completed the symbol, allow it to cook about 1 minute until you see bubbles forming in the edges of the pancake. Leave the symbol cooked side down.
Using a 1/3 to 1/2 cup measuring cup, scoop up batter 2 . Cover the pi symbol in the skillet with batter 2. Cook until you see bubbles form along the edge of the pancake and see the outside rim start to solidify/dry. Flip the pancake, cook through, and brown the other side before serving.
Serve with maple syrup, honey, fruit and/or fast berry syrup.
When you are done, consider sharing some Math Books for Pi Day and Every Day with your children.