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This pie recipe is the perfect candidate to take to your Pi Day D&D or Mensa potluck. Though it does produce a respectably tasty pie in its own right, the true appeal is the way the spirit of pi thoroughly permeates this baked delight. At the macro level, this pie has three ingredients in the topping layer, one ingredient in the filling layer, and four ingredients in the crust layer. As you delve deeper, you find the ingredient measurements themselves display the glorious irrationality of this timeless constant. And finally, the shape of the pie itself cannot resist throwing in a last word.

Step 1: Ingredients, and Preheat

3 tablespoons flour
1 tablespoon butter
4 tablespoons brown sugar
1 cup flour
5/9 cup butter
2/6 cup water
.5 cup sugar
3/5 quart canned pie filling (any flavor)

Note: See step 7, Pro tips, for an easy conversion listing of the measurements.

Begin preheating your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Step 2: Combine the Topping Ingredients, and Mix

Combine your three topping ingredients (3 tablespoons flour, 1 tablespoon butter, 4 tablespoons brown sugar) in a mixing bowl. Use a pastry cutter or approximate tool to cut everything together until it resembles coarse crumbs. Set aside.

Step 3: Combine the Crust Ingredients, and Mix

Combine your three non-liquid crust ingredients (1 cup flour, 5/9 cup butter, .5 cup sugar) in a mixing bowl. Use a pastry cutter or approximate tool to cut everything together until it resembles coarse crumbs. Add your fourth ingredient (2/6 cup water) and mix well until it becomes a ball of dough.

Step 4: Add Flour to Dough and Working Surfaces, and Roll Out

Add pinches of flour at a time to your dough ball as you knead it, until it no longer sticks easily to your hands. Liberally sprinkle your working surface with flour, and roll the dough ball out into a thin, flat crust.

Step 5: Assemble Your Pie, and Bake

Press your crust into your pie pan, trimming away excess as needed. Open your can of pie filling and pour it into the now-panned crust. Sprinkle the top of the filling with your topping mixture. Put your pie into your preheated oven and bake for about 30 minutes, or until the edges of the crust are turning a golden brown.

Step 6: Final Product

When the edges of your pie are turning golden brown, remove it from the oven and let it cool before serving. If, while in the oven, your pie happened to change shapes, don't worry. It is, of course, because pie are squared....

Step 7: Pro Tips

Easy conversion of ingredients:
3 tablespoons flour
1 tablespoon butter
4 tablespoons brown sugar
1 cup flour
4 1/2 tablespoons butter
1/3 cup water
1/2 cup sugar
1 20 ounce can pie filling (minus 0.8 ounces if you want to get precise)

Choice of pans:
I found that when I used a glass pan (not pictured) I had no problem with the crust being cooked all the way through. A metal pan resulted in a crust which needed a little extra TLC. I would recommend just using a glass pan.

Pi symbol:
I cut a pi symbol out of waxed paper, and laid it on top of the filling prior to adding any topping. Then I sprinkled the topping all over the pie, and brushed the filling away from the waxed paper. Then I pulled the wax paper off of the pie, leaving a filling-free symbol.
Beautiful instructable! The photography is beautiful and the writing is detailed enough that I think I could even make one! Good luck!
Thanks! Though if you're doing low-carb, only try a piece immediately after a good intense bout of exercise :-) I'm lucky enough to live in a household of 10, so I try my tiny sliver to make sure it tastes okay, and then the rest is inhaled by people less health conscious than I :-p
:)<br>(Un)fortunately on an average day my diet is approximately equal parts chickpeas/lentils, vegetables, and cookies/cereal. I too often eat a sliver of something...and then another one, and another one;) I wish I had your will power---especially around things that look as delicious as this! I usually have to take my food to work so it will disappear.
I should mention that willpower is notoriously weak, and I try to avoid relying on it as much as possible. My main strategy is avoidance of these situations :-) When I was making these pies, my father-in-law exclaimed, &quot;I've never known you to bake a pie!&quot;
Haha, my exact strategy as well!
This pi is undoubtedly delicious... and I want you to know that I highly appreciate the artistic use of contrasting colors. ;-)<br><br>Best of luck to you, too, misty!
It is nice to know people still appreciate the aesthetics of things! :-) Thank you!
Looks great, I'll have to give this one a try on the boys.<br><br>Good luck in the contest.
Thanks!
Well, I haven't actually tried baking it yet, but it looks simple enough! I've never made a pie crust from scratch, but this makes it sound easy enough that I'll dare it (Easter sounds like a good time, or perhaps my anniversary...). I will say that desserts tend to cooperate better for me than savory dishes, so I have high hopes this will turn out! :)
Yes, from-scratch pie crusts are not my forte--a lot of the recipes for pie crusts seem more complicated. This is definitely easy, though! Let me know how it goes, and thanks for commenting!
Looks yummy and sweet.
Yes, glass or ceramic works best. I loved this recipe. So well laid out and easy to follow! Thank you @mistyp !
Thanks!
I am now hungry.
Thanks :-)
A cook, an artist and a photographer all in one! Simply amazing :)
Thanks!
Wow..I'am sure am gonna want to taste this !!! :)
Thanks!
This make me very hungry! Thanks for sharing.
I'm glad I could stimulate your appetite!
Beautiful and delicious!
Thanks! All three pies I made for this process disappeared rapidly :-)

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