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The goal: a pi-shaped pie for Pi Day. But how?
First, draw a nice, fat pi on a piece of paper and cut it out.
Then, tack the template onto a block of florist's foam (easier to cut than styrofoam) and cut out the shape.
Now it's time to create a custom pie pan. As neatly as possible, line the negative shape with several layers of heavy duty aluminum foil.
Using a pie dough that is easy to work with,* roll it out into three pieces that more or less correspond with the three parts of the pi shape. Lay the...
Set the dough-lined mold into a large, high-sided pan (this is my monster cake pan). Then, fill in all around the pie with rock salt. Be very careful ...
Once the dough has begun to bake, take the pan out of the oven and remove the interior parchment and rock salt. Again, be careful not to let any of th...
Once the crust has cooled, fill it. Use something delicious that will set up firmly. I went with chocolate cream stabilized with egg yolks and corn s...
This is probably the trickiest step of the whole operation. Very, very gently lift the pie and the foil pan out of the rock salt and set it on your s...
Now it just needs a little decorating and you're all ready to serve.
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Posted:Mar 14, 2011
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