Here is my version of π or pie, however you call it. Not only it looks interesting, but is is amazingly delicious! You can expand your imagination and create beutiful and unusual engravings as I did. It is simple and you will like it! I am sure.
So what about π? How do you mix maths with cherrys, jam and dough? Hmm ... sounds awkward indeed. The ratio of any circle's circumference to its diameter .... π = 3.141592653..... wait wait ... you put it in the oven and then eat it?! I am confused now.
Ok, let me explain this to you just follow the steps and you will get the idea.
Step 1: Ingredients
- 2 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour - read here how you can measure it right!
- 1 teaspoon table salt
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- 200 grams cold unsalted butter
- some cold water
- A jar of fruit compote - any fruit will work, so it is your choice
- Food processor, dough cutter, or fork & knife
- Kitchen alluminium foil
- Rolling pin
- Soldering iron for the ingraving
Step 2: Making the Dough
2. Add the butter to the mixture in battches scraping it into small pieces. This will help you mix the ingredients easier.
3. Process the butter untill it blends well into the flour. Dough should just start to clump together into small pieces.
Step 3: .14 = Pi You See That! :)
2. At this point you may need to add some water. Do not add more than 3 tablespoons of water at once.
3. Continue mixing the dough with a spatula using folding motion, pressing down on dough until it is slightly tacky and sticks together.
Step 4: Roll the Dough Flat
Step 5: Get Creative
As you see my π came quite big. I used four A4 sheets to fit the drawing.
2. Cut the symbol pieces from the paper.
Step 6: Make the Dough Symbol
Then transfer the pieces on the baking thay after oiling it just a tiny bit.
Do not worry about the stitches. Cut narrow lines of dough and press them on the stitches. You can sprinkle over with cold water to make the blending better. Trim off the edges that stick out.
Step 7: Borders + Filling
It is time to put the fruits inside the 3.14. I have chosen cherries as they look like a circle if you section them. You can calculate their radius and relate it to the perimeter using π which is so cool! Maths rock when it comes to cherries!
Step 8: Top Crust
Now cover the pie twisting these lines π/2 degrees apart from each other and you will get some very nice looking maths inspired pie!
Step 9: Bake the Maths in the Oven
Step 10: Engraving Tools
Usually π is rounded to 3.14 but why restrict ourselves? π is an endless irrational number which decimal representation never repeats .... so why not mix the pleasant with the useful.
I decided to engrave some of π's digits on the pie.
What you will need is alluminium foil and a soldering iron. This is dangerous and you could easily injure yourself. Ask an adult to help you best.
Here is how you do it:
1. Clean the tip of the soldering iron. You do not want any soldering lead there.
2. Fold the piece of foil into two.
3. Wrap the tip from all sides. Be careful not to punch a hole in the foil as you do not want any contact between the soldering iron and the pie!
Step 11: Engraving Technique
Before you start, make sure the crust is well baked and not soft, but crispy. (I would suggest that you make a biscuit from the dough to train on it, not on the π.)
Gently touch the surface of the crust with the tip. It will start burning slightly - move the tip slowly or make dots on the crust. It is easy when you get it!
NOTE: Some of the burned crust piles on the tip and you will have to change the foil. I changed it only once for the whole time.
Step 12: Finished!
There is nothing more to say than that the π has to be eaten! It is delicious and like-a-textbook at the same time. What more do we need?