pie for pi day

obviously i'm a total dork (although, i didn't do "odyssey of the mind" so maybe that's a little redemption) and secretly in love with math because in honor of pi day (3.14- get it?) i made the most wholesome of pies- deep dish apple. hopefully i'll get listed on alanna's kitchen parade pi day party!

when reading the epicurious comment thread on this recipe one comment caught my eye-

"YES ,THIS IS THE PERFECT PIE RECIPE. I ADDED 1 1/2 CRUSHED HEATH BARS,OR (ENGLISH TOFFEE) about a fist full.TO THE FILLIING. It knocked the socks off everyone , even yankees' fans. Try It!"

(i apologize on behalf of this person for the spelling/punctuation/capitalization disaster)

uh? heath bars? IN an apple pie? this may be the most inspired idea i've ever heard. i was all excited to try this until grace put the kibosh on it- reminding me that i have my health to worry about and i can't continue eating like a crazed person forever without serious ramifications. oh right. (those of you with a less conscientious partner can go ahead with the heath bars. and then invite me over.) regardless, the apple pie idea was still on and the evening was spent peeling, chopping and rolling.

by the end of the night, i had this to show for it. sadly, you can't properly see the three tiny pi symbols baked right into the crust. i'll have do more experimenting.

to spite grace, we didn't even eat it with ice cream. a deep dish tragedy. tonight, i'm piling on the ice cream. don't tell!

deep dish apple pie , adapted from epicurious

3 tablespoons flour
lemon zest from half a lemon
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon allspice
1/8 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup white sugar
1 tablespoon turbinado sugar
4-5 sour apples, peeled, cored and cut into 10-12 wedges per apple (i used granny smiths)
4-5 sweet apples, peeled, cored and cut into 10-12 wedges per apple (i used fujis)
1 tablespoon lemon juice
i tablespoon butter, cut into 1/4 inch pieces
pastry crust (i used a frozen one that i already had)
1 egg, beaten

put a large baking sheet on the middle rack of the oven and preheat to 425F.
whisk together flour, 2/3 cup sugar, zest, spices and toss with apples and lemon juice.
pour mixture into rolled out pastry dough in pie plate
roll out remaining piece of dough and cover pie. cut around the edges with scissors then crimp decoratively. i used my left over dough to make the pis.
brush entire pie with egg wash and sprinkle with turbinado sugar. cut three steam vents on top with a sharp knife.

bake pie in 475F oven for 20 mintues, then reduce heat to 375F for another 40 more mintues, or until it looks and smells ready. you may have to use foil around the edges of the pie pan to keep the crust from burning.


5 organic granny smith apples: $2.32
4 organic fuji apples: $5.41 (these are WAY more expensive, because i didn't buy them at the co-op)
pastry dough: 2-3 dollars (you can make it for practically nothing, but if you buy it is usually around $2.50)

total: $10.23. let's bump this up to $12 considering the egg, butter, etc. for a six piece pie, this comes out to $2 per piece, which is actually pretty expensive for a homemade dessert. that's what i get for not shopping at the co-op. however, this is what i get for my efforts. yes, it was good.

Amanda said...

I made pies for pi day too! One cherry and one apple. I got some other people at my office to bring in pie as well, so we had six total. Some people baked who rarely do or never have before, so it was really cool. Hooray pie!

Alanna said...

Your pi character cut-outs are simply the cutest idea yet!

Thanks so much for your pie -- I'd love to share a slice, Heath bars or not.

I do appreciate your adding to the fun of Pi Day, thank you!

Lisa said...

I like the idea of heath bar bits in an apple pie. Sounds great but I already made plain apple pie today and that was yummy too. Maybe next time, though!

Cute pastry pi!

mimi said...

heath bar and apples sound delish! i love how bountiful your pie looks.

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