Do you realize what tomorrow is? It’s Pie Day! I mean Pi Day. It will be March 14th, and since 3.14 is Pi, we must , by law, eat pie. Hey, this could very well be the law—have you read every law book in your city? There are all kinds of things in there—and better safe than sorry, I say. Here's a strawberry-rhubarb pie I made:
I even made little Pie Pops in the Youtube Mom video I posted yesterday. They have tiny little Pi symbols on them.
I suggest you make round pies, like this apple one of mine, since Pi is the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter:
But why split hairs? Make them in heart or star shapes, if you wish.
Pie of any kind is permissible (since I can’t find the law, I am composing my own), but if you want to make killer delicious, EASY Pie Pops, check out my short video here. This is the basic idea:
Roll out a good, homemade pie crust (scroll down for a great recipe), then cut out circles with a cookie cutter or even a small drinking glass. You want the circles to measure about 1 & ½ inches across.
Place a tiny dab of cream cheese (sweetened with a pinch of powdered sugar if you like) on one of the circles. Top with 2-3 blueberries. Some delicious alternatives are bits of peach, apple & cinnamon, a smidge of jam, cherries, chocolate chips, or caramel. Or you could use lemon curd, a raspberry, WHATEVER.
Place the end of a lollipop stick on next. Now cover it with a matching circle, and press the edges together. Crimp the edges with a fork, then brush with egg yolk and sprinkle with sugar. Place on a baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes at 375 degrees. (Or you can omit the sticks and just have teeny little hand-held pies.)
You will go gaga over these, I promise. And, since it’s an unofficial holiday, you can go unofficially crazy—make tiny chicken pot pies. Or make pizza ones containing a pinch of meat, some pizza sauce, and a small piece of mozzarella. The possibilities are endless. And now I have saved you from getting arrested by the Pi Police. You’re welcome.
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Never-fail Pie Crust
1 & ½ Cups shortening
3 Cups flour
1 tsp. salt
1 egg, beaten
5 Tbsp. water
1 Tbsp. vinegar
With an electric mixer, beat shortening into flour and salt. Combine remaining ingredients in a small bowl and add them all at once. Beat until dough forms. Wrap in plastic and chill. Makes 2 crusts. This dough is easy to handle and rolls out without toughening. Freezes well.