Apple Pi

Introduction: Apple Pi

About: I have been sewing and crafting for several years, my children are grown so now I have lots of time to be creative. I enjoy photography, cooking, cake decorating, painting and sharing my projects with others.

For March 14th, otherwise known as Pi Day, my daughter and I made an apple pie with the Pi symbol cut out of the pastry dough. I think it's clever and it was delicious served a la Mode. Here's the recipe:
Ingredients for the pastry dough:
3 cups flour*
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup vegetable shortening
1/2 cup ice water
(*plus more for rolling out the dough)

Ingredients for the apple filling:
6 apples
2 cups sugar
1 tsp cinnamon

Step 1: Making the Dough

In a large bowl, prepare your pastry dough by mixing the flour, salt and shortening with a pastry cutter. Slowly add in the ice water (without the ice of course) and mix some more. Eventually, mix with your hands until it reaches dough consistency. Sprinkle a small amount of flour on the counter and roll it out with a rolling pin, making it really thin. Place it in your pie pan by folding it in fourths and then unfolding it in the pan.

Step 2: Making the Filling

Peel and dice your apples into small pieces and place them in a separate bowl. Mix the cinnamon and sugar along with the diced apples. Stir well. Spoon apples over the bottom pie crust, flatten down evenly.

Step 3: Making the Top Crust

Roll out the rest of the pie dough. Using a toothpick, cut out a pi symbol. Roll onto the rolling pin and unroll on the top of the pie. Trim the edges and crimp with fingers, sealing the top and bottom crusts together.

Step 4: Baking the Apple Pi

Place in a pre-heated oven at 350 degrees for 50 minutes to 1 hour.

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