Lemon Meringue Pie from The Culpeper

The best sweet pies in Auckland for International Pi Day

Pi is the most studied number in the world of mathematics and also one of the most loved treats in the world of desserts. The first three digits of Pi — 3.14 have turned 14 March (Saturday) where we raise our forks to some good ol’ pie.

Since it’s a celebration that originated in the US, it’s the sweet dessert pie we’re referring to when it comes to this special day and not the meat-filled morsels we all know and love. We have rounded up the best in Auckland.

Lemon meringue pie from The Culpeper
Anyone dining at The Culpeper knows to save room for dessert as the weekly pie special never disappoints. Look out for the lemon meringue pie, featuring a buttery and sweet base, thick layer of zesty lemon and delightful dollops of fluffy meringue.

Banoffee pie from Coffee Pen
This pie flavour originated in the UK, and the combination of banana and toffee caramel is a match made in Brit heaven. Coffee Pen in Eden Terrace has mastered the art of banoffee with a base made from crushed ginger biscuits melded together with butter. The toffee caramel filling adds decadence to the spiced base and the slices of banana are always at the ideal level of ripeness to add a touch of sweetness. Topped with a light, freshly whipped cream and sprinkled with chocolate flakes, this is absolute indulgence.

Coffee Pen Banoffee Pie and Pie Piper Rocky Road Pie

Rocky road pie from The Pie Piper
For those seeking the richest and most decadent slice of pie, the rocky road from The Pie Piper is the one for you. From the base to the filling, The Pie Piper doesn’t hold back. The deep-dish begins with a crushed Oreo cookie base, while the filling features premium grade Callebaut dark chocolate mixed with chunks of sweet white chocolate, caramel and crunchy candied almonds. The pie is finally topped with house-made marshmallow fluff, more white chocolate chips and nuts to perfect the rocky road texture.

Jenny’s coconut pie from The Fed
If you want to go to town with the pies, we suggest you head to The Fed and order a the three-way sharing board. From the chocolate cherry to the banoffee with caramel popcorn, all pies on offer impress but it’s Jenny’s coconut pie that is the true standout. Created by the same woman responsible for last year’s limited-edition PB&J pie which went viral, this pie is rich in nutty aroma with just a touch of syrupy stonefruit acting as the cherry on top.

Pecan pie from Gourmet Gannet
Situated in Hobsonville, Gourmet Gannet whips up one of the best pecan pies we have ever tasted. The base of the pie has a crunchy, biscuity texture, enhancing the crunchy pecan nuts packed within the filling. The centre of the pie is a concoction of golden syrup, butter and sugar resulting in a deep, browned butterscotch flavour. For many Hobsonville is a bit of a drive for a slice of pie but we promise you it’s worth it.

Pecan Pie from Gourmet Gannet

Sugar pie from Depot
You’d be surprised at how far you can go with only three ingredients — brown sugar, cream and eggs, but it’s the simplicity of this sugar pie that has made it an iconic dessert in Auckland. The pie filling is creamy, silky and smooth with wholesome flavours of simple sweetness. The velvety texture is contrasted with the biscuity and buttery short pastry base. It’s served with a generous spoonful of freshly whipped cream to elevate the pie’s richness without adding unnecessary complexity to the slice.

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