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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!
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Step 1: Ingredients

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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

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Fill a 2 quart saucepan 3/4 of the way full with water.
Turn on stovetop burner.

Step 6: Measure dry ingredients

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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

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By now your water is probably boiling.
Carefully add the dates.

Step 8: Divide dry ingredients

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Divide the dry ingredients between two medium bowls.

Step 9: Drain and cool dates

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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

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Peel, chop and pit dates into the same size as the cranberries.

Step 11: Mix fruits with dry ingredients

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Mix cranberries and dates in each medium bowl of dry ingredients.

Step 12: Roll out pie dough - bottom crust

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Roll out the pie dough for the bottom crust.

Step 13: Transfer dough to pie tin

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Roll dough onto rolling pin and unroll onto pie tin.

Step 14: Pretty up the edges

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Fashion edges as desired, making sure to leave a 1" overhang.

Step 15: Add fruit mixtures

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Add date mixture to bottom crust.
Top with cranberry mixture.

Step 16: Add butter

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Dot top of the filled pie with reserved butter.

Step 17: Add top crust

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Roll out remaining pie dough.
Add to filled pie by rolling onto pin, as with the bottom crust.

Step 18: Pretty up the top

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Fashion edges as desired, joining with bottom edges.
Be sure to cut vents into top crust.
Add decorative shapes.

Step 19: Bake the pie

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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.

Step 20: Eat up!

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mistyp3 years ago
This looks really interesting. Do you think it would be possible to use dried dates?

Thanks for sharing, and good luck on the contest! Also, congrats on publishing your first instructable!
skylieg (author)  mistyp3 years ago
Thanks so much!
I'll bet dried dates would work just fine. You'd just need to rehydrate them by covering them with warm water and letting them sit in it for about an hour. After they're drained they should be good to go!
This looks great - I bet dates and cherries go great together!