I am so excited to share with you E.J.’s first recipe as a RefurbishedTeacher guest blogger! A little back ground; E.J. and I met while we were both in college and preparing for a semester in Ireland. There was a group of twenty something that all made the trek with us, but we seemed to hit it off instantly! E.J. made amazing bread, took the time to listen to me as I worked life out and I was always interested in what she had to say, we had the same interest in medical jargon, she sung like an angel, and had this amazingly keen eye to cut through the ‘muck’ and give a direct, insightful, and God focused perspective.
I can think of few people I respect or appreciate more than her and we have both explored a lot of life. Yet we can always start a phone call off as if no time has passed at all; the sign of a true friend!!
Post college she ventured out into several career paths, just like me, and has settled in something perfectly aligned to her AMAZING skills in baking/cookery. She works as a personal chef/caterer creating meals (and more importantly desserts) that I drool of in my sleep- no kidding. I am so appreciative of her willingness to share her recipes, thoughts and time with me on my blog…Enjoy!!
This week I got a request to make two pies, both with the Pi symbol (π) on the top. March 14th is Pi Day, and my client really wanted to celebrate with something a little more yummy than an endless list of numbers.
So, here is a Pi Day pie option:
Apple π (Pie):
- 2-9 inch crusts (homemade is better, but if you have to, store bought is fine.)
- 6-8 Granny Smith apples cored and sliced thin
- 1/2 cup butter
- 3 tbsp all purpose flour dash salt
- 1/2 cup dark brown sugar, packed
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup water
- 1 tsp vanilla extract (pure! paste is also great)
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- Egg Wash made from 1 egg & 1 tsp water (whisked)
1. Preheat oven to 425 F 2.Set aside prepared apples in large bowl. 3.Melt butter in a small saucepan, add flour and whisk to combine. Add sugars, vanilla, cinnamon, salt, and water. Whisk together and allow to simmer on medium low heat 5 minutes. Remove from heat, and pour over the apples. 4. Line 9 inch pie pan with bottom crust, pour in cooled (important!!!!) apple mixture. Cover with top crust and crimp edges together, or use a fork, however you wish to seal the edge.
5. In the center, cut the pi symbol into the dough.I traced out the symbol in parchment paper (any paper could be used.) Place more vent lines if you wish. 6. If you wish, apply egg wash with a pastry brush (in a pinch your fingers will do), and then you may sprinkle raw sugar over the surface.
Place in the oven on a middle rack and bake at 425F for 15 minutes. Reduce temperature to 350F and continue to bake for 35-45 minutes, checking partway through to make sure the edges are not getting too browned (if they are, cover them with foil).
When done, remove from oven, allow to cool for at least an hour and eat! ( Feel free to garnish with an enormous scoop of the best vanilla ice cream you can find)
Happy Pi Day!! ~E.J.
When you try out E.J.’s recipe PLEASE share a picture and let us know how you ate it (a la mode.. plain.. nuts..)!