3.14 3/14 The day that people go nuts for pi and pie. No exception in my house, and I have no issue with any excuse for talking, baking, enjoying pie, so if that excuse has to be math, I’m down. I have baked many pies in my life, more than I could possibly count, and obviously, each one has math involved. Baking has a large math component, as we all know, as well as science and art. It is the most delicious STEAM project (but please do not steam your pie – gross). On occasion when this day rolls around, I have tossed around trying to incorporate pi into the pie recipes – 3.14 tbsps of sugar or bake until you reach roughly the 2700th number while reciting pi, or some such ridiculousness. But, don’t mess with perfection, right? What follows is my recipe for my Award Winning Apple Pie. It’s tastiness is hard to quantify, but can always be counted on.
2 sticks of butter, cold and cut into small chunks
2 and ⅓ c flour
1 tbsp sugar
½ tsp salt
1/4ish ice cold water
5-6 apples, peeled and sliced
1 cup sugar (or more or less to taste, depending on the sweetness of the apples)
¼ cup flour
1 tbsp cinnamon
Juice from ½ lemon
1 egg mixed with ½ tsp water for egg wash
Preheat oven to 425
For the crust, combine butter, flour, sugar and salt in a bowl. Using fingers or a pastry blender, quickly blend butter into dry ingredients until it all comes together into a coarse crumb. In dribbles add just enough water to have it almost come together, with no powderiness. Divide into two equal parts, pat each into a disk and refrigerate.
To make the filling, simply combine all ingredients.
Remove the dough from the fridge and, on a lightly floured surface, roll into a circle and place into a pie pan. Pour in filling. Roll second disc out and place on top of the filled pie. Trim excess and pinch and crimp the edge. Cut vents or decorations into the top. Brush with an egg wash and sprinkle with finishing sugar.
Place into preheated oven and bake for 15 mins. After 15 mins reduce the heat to 375 and bake another 35-40 minutes or until golden brown.