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Pi Ja(R) Squared

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Happy Pi day instructables friends.  As a high school math teacher this is a holiday for us at work and a cause for celebration.  To make these individual pies I start with a time tested recipe and in my opinion the only pie flavor worth eating, good old fashion apple pie with cinnamon. To put a spin on the traditional pie I shrunk it down to individual serving sizes to maximize the amount of crust on each and to make sure everybody gets their own 2(pi) radians worth of delicious pie.  An added benefit is that the jars are easily popped in the microwave for warm pie or frozen for individual portions throughout the week (why celebrate pi day when you can have it all week).

Step 1: Make the dough (crust)

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The following ingredients are needed to make the dough for the crust:
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp sugar
8 tbsp cold unsalted butter (1 stick)
4 to 5 tbsp ice water
  1. MIx the first 3 ingredients in a bowl.  Dice up the butter and cut into the dry ingredients using a pastry blender, fork, or your fingers. You want the dough to have pea shaped chunks of butter once incorporated.  
  2. Add in the water a tablespoon at a time until it comes together and forms a ball.  (you may or may not use the 5th tablespoon). Make sure not to over mix or warm the dough too much as it will become tough and lose its flakiness. 
  3. Shape the dough into a disk and let chill in the refrigerator for at least a half hour.  (this dough can stay refrigerated for a day or so if you are not going to use it immediately)
 
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Yummers! Sounds great and I just love personalized sized treats :)
J T P1 year ago
Awesome!Thanks for the recipe
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stevequag (author)  Kimberly_REMOVED1 year ago
thanks, they were tasty too :)
babybayrs1 year ago
Fun!
lmnopeas1 year ago
Yum!