On Pi Day (March 14th), I decided to make an amazing pie as tribute to Pi Day.  Well, I certainly ran into some problems but the finished product was delicious and subtle.  My roommates and I have a blast getting the leftovers for the rest of the week.  I hardcore cheated on my diet and probably gained a pound.  Nevertheless, this week Baking with Kards edition was a blast!
jamie oliver comfort food

I decided to use a recipe from Jamie Oliver's Comfort Food: The Ultimate Weekend Cookbook.  Comfort food is literally my favorite type of food so my soul was instantly drawn to the recipe.  The entire recipe book is user friendly with helpful hints and advice.  As I skimmed through the book, I found myself almost salivating over these creations.   I found myself in the dessert portion and fell in love with the apple pie recipe.  I decided I would celebrate Pi day with a simple homemade apple pie.

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But trouble ensued.  I did not have a circular pie pan so I had to use a square pie pan (oops).  Also, my pie filling did not look as scrumptious and creamy as the picture.  Plus, I accidentally burned it on the sides. Regardless of the tiny mistakes, it was delicious and I had a fabulous time making it.  During the time I made the pie, I watched videos about the history of pi and learned a ton!!

Amazing Apple Pie

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Ingredients:

Pie Pastry: 

  • 1 cup + 1 tablespoon of cold unsalted butter
  • 2 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar

Filling: 

  • 4 1/2 lbs apples
  • 1 lemon
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 good pinch of cinnamon (I added a ton because I love cinnamon flavor)

Topping: 

  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons demerara sugar (I used regular sugar)

Directions:

Chop butter into 1/2 tablespoons and then place in the freezer.  Put all ingredients in a food processor and pulse until texture is a little chunky. Pour 2/3 cups of cold ice water and mix until it forms a rough dough.  Use your hands to bring the dough into two flat  equal rounds and place rounds into the freezer for at least an hour.

Peel, cut, and core the apples. Squeeze lemon juice over the apples to prevent them from browning.  Melt butter and powdered sugar in a saucepan over heat.  Let simmer for five minutes and add apples.  Cook for around 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, remove mixture from heat.  Let cool completely.

Preheat the oven at 375 degrees Fahrenheit.  On a flour-dusted surface, roll dough out with rolling pin until 1/4 inch thick.  Unroll the dough onto a pie pan preferably. Put the filling into the pie pan.  Whisk the egg and brush along the sides of pie pastry.  Roll the remaining pie dough and place it on top of pan covering filling.  Trim off excess pie and use fork to indent the sides.  Make an eggwash and brush it on top of pie.  Sprinkle sugar on top of pie.  Cut cross in the middle then bake for 50 minutes to an hour.  Serve with amazing ice cream.

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