Citrus kind of Pie

There is a pie eating party at work on March 14, 1:59PM meaning π = 3.141592653… It’s Pi Day! This awesome nerdy holiday, a played on numbers, is simply fun and quirky. Co-workers bring their favorite pies to share and I get to sample a delicious slice of everything. Yum! How will you be celebrating Pi Day? Doing math home work? Or watch a movie/tv episode about π/pies? (I recommend a cute tv show called Pushing Daisies, about a pie maker who can bring the dead to life.)

Pies are one of my favorite desserts. However, pies can be quite labor intensive to make, especially on a weekday. If you are determine to make something special, may I suggest this simple pie-like recipe, great with season fruits and yummy enough for celebrating. A crostata is a different kind of pie, actually like a tart. It is an Italian baked dessert with a buttery pastry filled with jam, cream, or fruit. Right now, blood oranges are in season, so I found a beautiful recipe and gave it a go. This dessert has warm red colors and baked citrus flavors with sweet Italian cream cheese in a casual rustic style. Sounds interesting right?

Pinwheel Blood Orange Crostatas
Recipe adapted from theKitchn
(makes 6-8 individual tart)

1½ cup flour
1/2 tsp salt
3 tb sugar
1 stick butter (chilled & cubed)
2 tb ice water
1 egg (beaten)
Sprinkle of raw sugar

Fruit & Filling
2 blood orange (slice into wheel shape)
1 orange (slice into wheel shape) – I used grapefruit.
8 oz. (1 tube) mascarpone cheese
2 tb sugar
1/4 tsp vanilla

Preparing Fruit & Mascarpone Creme Filling:
1. Slice citrus fruit into wheel shapes and separating segments for triangle shapes.
2. With hand mixer, combine mascarpone cheese, sugar, and vanilla.

Making crust:
3. Mix flour, salt, sugar  and combine flour mixture with butter. You may use a food processor.  I mix it with my hands, squeezing and crumbling the dough until the flour and butter are evenly distributed into each other.
4. Add ice water and mix in with dough.
5. Form dough into ball, refrigerate for 20 min.
6. Divide dough into 6-8 balls.
7. Roll dough balls ~ 1/4″ thick and ~4-6″ diameter. Don’t need to worry about perfect edges. Place discs on parchment paper.

Arrangement & Baking:
8. Spread creme filling in middle of dough disc.
9. Arrange fruits, alternating colors to create a pinwheel.
10. Fold dough edges around covering half the fruit arrangement.
11. Refrigerate crostatas for half an hour.
12. When ready to bake, brush with egg wash and sprinkle on raw sugar.
13. Bake 375 degrees about 30 min. or until golden brown. Cool and top with creme.


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81 thoughts on “Citrus kind of Pie

    • Calogero says:

      Oh, no. Blood oranges are quite different! In my land we have quite a lot of blood oranges and a few grapefuits. I saw a grapefruit orange crostata just today and I asked the blogger if I could not add grapefruits, difficult to find here…

  1. Mikalee Byerman says:

    What an absolutely creative approach to pi/e day — LOVE it!

    Blood oranges crack me up … so yummy, but equally intimidating to me just based on the name alone. I typically try not to eat anything with the word “blood” in its name … but I’d make an exception for these!


  2. ipomoeafilms says:

    Wow freshly pressed!!! Awesome 😀 Thank you for the comments and likes!

    Blood oranges are great! They are not bitter like grapefruits. They taste like oranges and said to have a hint of raspberry flavor. Certainly the name comes from deep red color of the fruit. I agree the word “blood” and food sounds intimidating.

    Still waiting until 1:59pm for the pie party to start! Yay!

  3. Grand Moff Railroad says:

    Blood oranges when first discovered were considered the testes of El Diablo. No joke, I saw it in a transcript written down by a mad Russian. No idea why he wrote in Spanish. These look awesome and delicious, by the way.

  4. delicio8 says:

    I find blood oranges not have much taste. It might just be what we get around here though. They look wonderful though. I might try this in all grapefruit or orange unless I can find some tasty blood oranges. It looks delicious!

  5. Tracy Bezesky says:

    Looks awesome! Makes me want to find some blood oranges! In the book series that includes “A Game of Thrones” the author talks about blood oranges, I thought he made them up! 😀

  6. Sarah D. says:

    They look and sound fantastic! Pi day = Pie day, perfect.

    I miss blood oranges. They’re hard to find where I live now, but as a teenager I used to eat them a lot.

  7. Jojianna says:

    If only I´d seen this earlier – is it too late to celebrate pi day?

    Crostatas look fantastic, I´d have never thought about using grapefruit as a filling – looks like a fun idea to try!

    • sweet ipomoea says:

      I made it with an orange and grapefruit combination. If citrus is the problem, you may try any of your favorite fruits and make another flavor of pie. Thanks for stopping by:)

  8. Yael says:

    Your pictures came out beautiful. I will definitely try this recipe. It looks so fresh and delicious. Check out mine!!

  9. John says:

    Cool! I work in the produce department of a grocery store and we carry blood oranges, although they don’t sell so well. I haven’t eaten many myself, but I’ll be sure to try this recipe!

  10. pvaustralien says:

    I can’t believe I missed Pi day 🙂

    Thanks for your post, looks great. On another note, blood orange marmalade is divine 🙂


  11. Vivi says:

    how weird..i hate maths and everything related to it but this thing with the pi(e) day is simply fabulous… if I ever work with math freaks Ill definitely introduce it! 😉

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