Introduction: Pi's "Pi Day" Pie
Pi, as the π symbol,in the mathematics world is the ratio of a circle's cirumference to its diameter, 3.14159...,but in my world, it's me since my initials are P. I. I'm often called 'Pi' and sign my name to family and friends using the π sign. Even my Instructables name starts with pi. So, of course then, I have tons of fun celebrating March 14 (3/14) and it always includes having pie for dessert!
Here how to make my Pi Day Pie Creation - a happy, flavorful combination of 7 fruits, nuts, and spices. When time is a factor, as it was for me today, feel free to opt for using a ready-made pie crust and this pie will be baking in just a few minutes.
Step 1: So Easy, So Quick!
Here's my ingredients checklist and baking instructions.
Ingredients for One 10-inch Pie Shell
Berries can be fresh or frozen:
1 cup strawberries
1/2 cup blueberries
1/2 cup raspberries
1/2 cup blackberries
1 lemon – juice only
2 medium-sized apples, cored and cut to bite-sized pieces
1/2 cup cranberries
1 cup walnuts
3/4 cup slivered almonds
1-1/4 cup flour
1/2 cup sugar
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon grated orange peel
Combine flour, sugars and spices in a large bowl, then stir in all of the fruit, and add the juice from 1 lemon. If using frozen berries, thaw and drain juice before adding berries to the dry ingredients.
Making a π symbol is easy to do. Cut a thin slice of an apple with a small paring knife to get the correct shapes and gently press the pi shape on top of the fruit/nut/spice mixture.
Bake 375 degrees F. for 40-45 minutes, 5-10 minutes longer if baking in a glass dish. I coated the edge of the pie crust with softened butter to give the crust an extra flaky texture, but this is optional. Since the fruit often bubbles over the edge of the dish as it bakes, it's a good idea to put a baking pan under the pie to catch the sugary drips.
There you have it - very little clean-up and one delicious Pi's "Pi Day" Pie!