π Pie

Yay for geek food! This is Dean’s π Pie.


  • 1 onion
  • Garlic (depends on how much garlic you like in your food)
  • Mixed herbs
  • 1 package of broccoli
  • Half a bunch of spinach
  • 1 bunch of fresh mint
  • Sundried tomatoes
  • 1 block of ricotta
  • A handful grated parmesan
  • Half a blue cheese wedge (optional extra for decadence)
  • 1 egg
  • Puff pastry (see photo for amount)
  • Little bit of milk for browning pastry

Take the pastry out of the freezer to defrost in good time (a few hours before cooking). I didn’t. I forgot. It made Dean’s life harder. If it is nicely defrosted you can unroll it and roll it into shape from being flat. Or you can chip away at the frozen roll… You may notice the pastry is a little multi-coloured while he is rolling it. Thats from the parts that were still frozen… Oops (luckily it had no impact on the taste).

Fry the onions and garlic in some butter or olive oil and season with dried mixed herbs. Remove them from the heat and put them in a large mixing bowl once they are golden brown. Use the same pan to wilt the spinach. While the onions are frying, chop a handful of sundried tomatoes, and put the broccoli on to steam.

When the onions are done, crumble the ricotta and the blue cheese into the bowl. You could use feta instead of blue cheese. Grate and add the parmesan to the same bowl. In our picture you’ll see yellow cheese which is just some mature cheddar we had leftover in a tiny block that no one was eating. Also add the sundried tomatoes. Mix it with your hands.

Chop the mint, the wilted spinach and the broccoli and add to the bowl as well. Crack the egg into the mixture to help bind the filling. You can use a spoon for the final mix as raw egg is too revolting to touch.

Dust your counter top with some flour and roll out the pastry. When you have a vaguely rectangular shape, add the filling into the centre of the pastry. Fold the sides up as far as you would like them to go. You can cover the whole filling if you wish. Cut a π shape out of some of the dough and place on the top of the filling. Lightly paint some milk onto the dough.

Bake in a preheated oven at 180 degrees until it is golden brown and flaky. It takes around 30mins in our oven.

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5 Responses to π Pie

  1. ahleks says:

    stop it! this is total foodporn! here i was happily inspecting a site and now i shall kill unless someone serves me broccoli pie.

  2. ahleks says:

    want pie

  3. OzMob says:

    Love a good spanakopita. One thing I’m going to try next time is to make homemade puff pastry in the food processor. Nigella Lawson has a recipe in “How to be a Domestic Goddess” (must-have book) on page 83. Frozen pastry here is full of additives and doesn’t taste like the real thing.

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  5. Marisa says:

    Nerd food = awesomeness.

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