Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Apple Pie for Pi Day

Today is Pi Day (March 14, 3/14, or 3.14, for those of you in Germany or other parts of the world who not get Pi Day because the date is written 14/3). It doesn't matter how you write the date, or how much you love or hate math (and of course Pi =) ). Who does not love a day which forces you to eat pie? Not us! To celebrate we went as American as you can get and made an apple pie.

We started with the crust. It is very easy to make your own pie crust but if you want to save time you can use a store bought crust.

For one pie crust (you may want to double this to have a nice top for your pie)

1/2 cup butter
1 1/2 cup flour
1 1/2 Tbs sugar
1/4 cup cold (ice cold) water

Mix the flour and sugar in a bowl.

Cut your butter into small pieces and add it to the flour mixture.

Cut the butter into the flour. You can do this with a pastry cutter, a mixer if you keep it on low, or like we did, just use two knives.

Once the butter is cut in (only very small balls of butter left), add the water. Stir until the dough begins to clump.

Once this happens, stop stirring and knead the dough until a solid ball is formed. Do not add more water! It might not seem like it will never stick together but it will and if you add more water you will have a mess on your hands.

Refrigerate your ball of dough for about 30 minutes before trying to roll it out to make a pie crust.

Apple pie:

6 apples
1/2 cup sugar
2 tsp cinnamon
2 Tbs flour
2-3 Tbs butter
pie crust (uncooked)

Preheat the oven to 350 F (180 C)

If you made your own dough, roll it out and cut it to a size which will fit the bottom and sides of your baking dish.

We do not own any pie tins so we just used a regular rectangle over-safe dish. It might not look like a typical pie but it still tastes like one.

If you have leftover dough, put it back in the fridge to make a nice topping for the pie. 

Peel the apples (you may want to start with only five. Six was perfect for our pie but our baking dish was quite large). Then slice the apples into medium sized pieces. It does not really matter what they look like but the pie will be prettier if you cut them into long strips.

In a small bowl, mix together the sugar, cinnamon and flour. 

Line the bottom of your pie with half of your apple pieces. Evenly pour half of the sugar mix over the apples. Cut the butter into small pieces and place about half of it on top of the apples and sugar.

Finish placing your apples into the pie and cover with the rest of the sugar and butter.

Use any extra dough to make a design for your pie (or if you made a double batch of the crust make a lattice or solid top).

We made the Pi sign in celebration of Pi Day.

We still had dough left so we also made a flower for the other side of the pie.

Cook for 45-55 minutes or until the crust is nice and brown.

Enjoy warm or cold.

Happy Pi(e) Day!!!

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