Intro: Sky in the Pi(e)
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.
Step 20: Eat Up!