On March 14, library staff enjoyed a pie bake off to celebrate Pi Day. Pi Day, a celebration of the mathematical constant π, is observed on March 14 since 3, 1, and 4 are the first three significant digits of π.
Marilyn Batali’s Blackberry Pie
Opa’s Apple Pie
3 cups flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup cooking oil, preferably olive oilMix together and add:
1/2 – 3/4 cup of water (this is the tricky part, start with 1/2 cup then add sparingly until dough can be rolled; not too sticky to roll but not so dry that it won’t stay together. This will vary based on humidity and the quality of the flour).
Divide the dough. You will use a little more than half to line a 9″ pie pan. Roll it out (easier to do between 2 sheets of waxed paper), then line the pan. Cut off excess, but leave enough on the edges to crimp. Add leftovers to the remainder of the dough and roll out for the top of the pie.
5 cup peeled and sliced tart apple (I used granny smiths, approximately 6 small apples)
1 cup of sugar
1 tbsp of cinnamon
Mix together and put into the bottom crust. Dot with butter.
Top with crust, crimp edges, then slice a couple of vent holes. Sprinkle the top with a little sugar.
Bake at 425 degrees fahrenheit or until golden brown.
Enjoy! We recommend either serving with vanilla ice cream or a slice of sharp cheddar.
Chocolate Cream Pie
2. Make a box of pudding (the kind you cook) following the directions on the package.
3. Pour the pudding in the pie crust.
4. Serve with whipped cream or whipped topping.