Adventures in Ethics and Science

Here are my entries to the ScienceBlogs Pi Day Bake-off:


End-of-winter fruit pie
Apples and amaretto-soaked dried fruit in a nut crust. Dense and rich.


‘I want to taste springtime!’ violet custard pie
Delicate, creamy, and a little bit fantastic (seeing as how it requires harvesting petals from a couple hundred violets).


Quick and easy, with the perfect balance of molasses and crumb topping.


Tea-time cheesecake pie
Tea-scented cheesecake topped with citrus-y marmalade.


Foolish rhubarb pie
Tart, sweet, and creamy, rich and yet light


Lemon-berry pie
Lemon curd in a gingersnap crust, topped with fresh berries. Just the right amount of pucker.


Vegetarian shepherd’s pie
Savory fake meat with vegetables and a smashed potato topping. A satisfying dinner after a day of herding the tofu.


Chocolate-almond meringue finale
The almond-y meringue is on the bottom, filled with a silky smooth, sparingly sweet chocolate custard. My favorite pie of all time.

And, here are some pie-charts that give you at-a-glance data about my eight pies:

Fruit pies or not




What kind of crust




If you like one of these pies, please click over to the contest page and vote for it!

And, have a happy Pi Day!


  1. #1 Bob O'H
    March 14, 2009

    Most of the photos seem to be about π/6 though. I demand photos of full πs!

    *ahem* Carry on.

  2. #2 jw uijting
    March 14, 2009

    what an effort, very well done, very funny.

    thx, hans

  3. #3 Comrade PhysioProf
    March 14, 2009

    Fucking awesome!

  4. #4 chezjake
    March 14, 2009

    What an awesome effort, Janet. Thank you.

    There’s no place to comment on the voting page, so I’ll just bring up two points here:
    1. There’s no link on the voting page for the chocolate almond meringue pie.
    2. I wish I could have voted for both an “entrée pie” and a dessert pie.

  5. #5 bioephemera
    March 14, 2009

    Hilarious! I love the “Pi” charts. 🙂

  6. #6 lilo
    March 14, 2009

    I love science “Pi”s. They’re so much better than ordinary pies!

  7. #7 Dr. Jekyll & Mrs. Hyde
    March 15, 2009

    There appears to be a problem with voting; there was no way to vote for pie delivery to my front door.

  8. #8 jon
    July 19, 2009

    Congrats on the great pi’s
    But…{pet peeve) as a non american your recipes are’nt doable. Cups WTF!! Weight measures are much better.C’mon join the rest of the world so we can all share

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