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Happy 2π (pi) Day!

(Yes, I know it is neither pi day nor 2pi day, but we can always enjoy a good pie. I obviously wrote this a few months back and didn't get around to posting it. But I must alert you: below you will find the WORLD'S BEST ALL-AMERICAN APPLE PIE RECIPE!)

Being married to a Rocket Scientist means several things: One, “You'd better not be calling a repair man, because I can fix that...when I have time next week.” Two, when he finally stops laughing and regains his composure to tell you the joke, it involves his newest algorithm, another math whiz at the office, and a bag of Cheetos. Three, family celebrations include Pi Day (π/3.14/ March 14th) and 2Pi Day (π/6.28/June 28th).

I don't mind pi days, really, I don't. It's just a good excuse for me to make a pie or two, and I make sure I have my ipod ear buds covered by my hair when Mister comes home and wants to tell the family about the *magic of pi* (the children run out of the room screaming and I am left to smile and nod).

When I'm feeling really witty, I'll make a pie for dinner and have a pie for dessert (perfect for 2π day).

Dinner pie ideas:
1. Chicken Pot Pie
2. Shepherds Pie
3. Quiche in a pie dish
4. Pizza “Pie”

My bff, Martha, has quite a list of dessert pies if you're looking for something other than my traditional no-fail Apple Pie. You can check those out HERE.

This recipe is listed all over the internet with different names, but a bijillion people say it's the best. I've been using it for years, and other than tweaking a few spices to match your taste preferences, this recipe will knock anyone's socks off...including your darling Rocket Scientist's.

All-American Apple Pie

2 uncooked pie crusts
1/2 cup unsalted butter
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/4 cup water
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla
½ tsp nutmeg
4-8 Apples - peeled, cored and sliced (it depends on the size of your pie dish)

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2. Melt the butter in a saucepan. Stir in flour to form a paste. Add water, white sugar and brown sugar, and bring to a boil. Reduce temperature and let simmer.*
3. Place the bottom crust in your pan. Fill with apples, mounded slightly. Pour 2/3 of the sugar sauce to your apples and mix to coat.
4. Cover with a lattice work crust. Gently pour/brush the remaining sugar and butter liquid over the crust.
5. Place a pan lined with foil underneath your pie dish before baking so if any of the sauce runs off (it usually does), it won't make a sticky mess in your oven.
6. Bake at 350 for 45-65 minutes or until the apples are soft and the crust is cooked. If your top crust starts to get too golden-brown before the pie is done, cover with foil.
*Sometimes, I multiply the sauce recipe by 1 ½ or x2 to get extra sauce (it's the best part), but be sure you put a foil-lined pan under the pie dish, because it will definitely drip!

Pie-topper ideas for a little extra taste and look:

1. Right out of the oven, brush lightly with milk and dust with a cinnamon-sugar mixture.
2. Place toasted or fresh n' crispy pecans in each lattice square.
3. If you decide to put a plain crust over the top instead of lattice, decorate with extra pie dough in shapes such as leaves. Or you can use cookie cutter shapes on the entire top crust (for the fourth of July once, I cut out mini stars and covered the entire top of the pie with a mini star crust).
4. Whipped cream and vanilla ice cream go a long way to finish this perfect dessert.



Julie D said...

This looks like a tasty way to jump start fall!

KitchenAngel said...

Such a great recipe! Thanks!

Sisteroos said...

Julie D, thanks! :)

KitchenAngel, glad you like it! Let us know how the pie baking goes (and how long it takes until the pie dishes are empty). :)

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