Introduction: Apple Pi
For March 14th, otherwise known as Pi Day, my daughter and I made an apple pie with the Pi symbol cut out of the pastry dough. I think it's clever and it was delicious served a la Mode. Here's the recipe:
Ingredients for the pastry dough:
3 cups flour*
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup vegetable shortening
1/2 cup ice water
(*plus more for rolling out the dough)
Ingredients for the apple filling:
2 cups sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
Step 1: Making the Dough
In a large bowl, prepare your pastry dough by mixing the flour, salt and shortening with a pastry cutter. Slowly add in the ice water (without the ice of course) and mix some more. Eventually, mix with your hands until it reaches dough consistency. Sprinkle a small amount of flour on the counter and roll it out with a rolling pin, making it really thin. Place it in your pie pan by folding it in fourths and then unfolding it in the pan.
Step 2: Making the Filling
Peel and dice your apples into small pieces and place them in a separate bowl. Mix the cinnamon and sugar along with the diced apples. Stir well. Spoon apples over the bottom pie crust, flatten down evenly.
Step 3: Making the Top Crust
Roll out the rest of the pie dough. Using a toothpick, cut out a pi symbol. Roll onto the rolling pin and unroll on the top of the pie. Trim the edges and crimp with fingers, sealing the top and bottom crusts together.
Step 4: Baking the Apple Pi
Place in a pre-heated oven at 350 degrees for 50 minutes to 1 hour.