Celebrate Pi Day with this creative yet simple (simply delicious!) fruit pie.
The idea: Pi = C/D (Circumference over Diameter)
C/D=Cranberries over Dates?
The sweet cloying indulgence of dates mixed with the tart bite of fresh cranberries makes one fantastic treat!
Step 1: Ingredients
Pie dough: Enough for a top and bottom crust. I make my own, but store bought versions tend to be surprisingly tasty as well.
Cranberries:2.5 cups, frozen
Dates: 2.5 cups, fresh
Sugar: 1.25 cups
Cornstarch: 3 tablespoons
Salt: 1/4 teaspoon
Butter: 2 tablespoons
Step 2: Defrost cranberries
Open bag of frozen cranberries, place in large colander over a bowl. Leave in refrigerator overnight.
Step 3: Assemble the ingredients
Assemble and measure all ingredients.
Set aside pie dough in the fridge until ready to roll out.
Step 4: Set oven temperature
Set oven temperature to 450 degrees.
Step 5: Get water boiling
Fill a 2 quart saucepan 3/4 of the way full with water.
Turn on stovetop burner.
Step 6: Measure dry ingredients
I find it easier to measure them on an electronic scale since they will be divided in half for each fruit later.
Set measured butter aside.
Step 7: Add dates to water
By now your water is probably boiling.
Carefully add the dates.
Step 8: Divide dry ingredients
Divide the dry ingredients between two medium bowls.
Step 9: Drain and cool dates
Once the dates come to a boil, remove from the stovetop and drain in a colander.
Let the dates cool to room temperature.
Step 10: Peel, chop and pit dates
Peel, chop and pit dates into the same size as the cranberries.
Step 11: Mix fruits with dry ingredients
Mix cranberries and dates in each medium bowl of dry ingredients.
Step 12: Roll out pie dough - bottom crust
Roll out the pie dough for the bottom crust.
Step 13: Transfer dough to pie tin
Roll dough onto rolling pin and unroll onto pie tin.
Step 14: Pretty up the edges
Fashion edges as desired, making sure to leave a 1" overhang.
Step 15: Add fruit mixtures
Add date mixture to bottom crust.
Top with cranberry mixture.
Step 16: Add butter
Dot top of the filled pie with reserved butter.
Step 17: Add top crust
Roll out remaining pie dough.
Add to filled pie by rolling onto pin, as with the bottom crust.
Step 18: Pretty up the top
Fashion edges as desired, joining with bottom edges.
Be sure to cut vents into top crust.
Add decorative shapes.
Step 19: Bake the pie
Bake pie at 450 degrees for 10 minutes.
Lower oven temperature to 350 degrees and bake for 30 minutes longer, or until pie is golden brown.