For Your Pies Only

Happy Pi Day! Bake up with a pi pie pan

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                          Happy pi day everyone!

I hope you all have a mathematically wonderful 3.14 day. Today is pi day, not to be confused with National Pie Day on January 23rd. While this day is more about math and less about pie, who doesn’t like another excuse to have a slice of pie?

In the summer of 2013, I noticed on Twitter that someone was tweeting about a Kickstarter for a pi pie pan. I was really excited as when I previously made a pi shaped pie, I had to make the mold myself from aluminum foil. Pi Pie Pan supporter Garrett Heath (@pinojo) reached out to me and asked if I would like to try one of these new pi pie pans. Of course I said yes! 

These pans are great. You can use them for all sorts of baking wonderfulness. Pies, brownies, quiches, pan pizzas, the pie is the limit with these pans! And no, they did not pay me to say that, nor did they ask me to write this post, I am just excited that a quality product like this exists. So if you are in the market for some wonderful and irrational pi(e), this pan is for you!

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When making pies with this pan, my only advice would be to make a bit extra filling. In this cherry pie recipe, it originally calls for 4 cups of cherries, but I used 6 for the actual pie to fill it to the top. You can use the same pie dough recipe that you may normally use.

If cherry pie isn’t your style, but you would still like a delicious pie on pi day, you could try making a square pie (get it? pi r squared?) and try this square Shepherd’s Pie which will also help you kick off your St. Patrick’s Day weekend if you’re celebrating. Or you can also head on over to my pal Cam’s blog: ‘Culinary Adventures with Camilla' where she has a full list of different kinds of pies by awesome bloggers.

Will you be celebrating pi day? Feel free to link up your pie recipes in the comments!

Shepherd’s Pie for Pi Day

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Happy Pi (Π) Day Everyone!

A pie holiday AND an Irish holiday this week meant that For Your Pies Only was baking up a storm over the weekend! I sadly was so preoccupied with the Instructables Pi Day contest last year (check out last year’s Drunken Apple Pi(e)) that I totally missed out on making an Irish themed pie. Well this year, you get TWO! One today & one tomorrow.

shepherds-pie-mashed-potatoes-piping-baking-dinner-irishToday in celebration of Pi Day, I bring you a SQUARE PIE! (‘Cause you know…pies r squared?). This was my very first time making a shepherd’s pie AND my very first time cooking lamb…which smells quite lamb-y on the stove top, just sayin’.

shepherds-pie-mashed-potatoes-piping-baking-dinner-irishMy pie sous chef, Scott, helped pipe the mashed potatoes on the top to make it oh-so-pretty.

This pie is super easy to make & for obvious reasons, perfect for Pi Day AND St. Patrick’s Day celebrations! Enjoy it in good pie health :D

Sunny’s Shepherd’s Pie

Ingredients

  • basic flaky pie crust
  • Tablespoon of olive oil
  • 1 large carrot
  • 1 large onion
  • 1 lb. ground lamb
  • 1 cup beef or chicken stock (I used chicken)
  • 1 Tablespoon tomato paste
  • teaspoon of rosemary
  • Tablespoon of parsley
  • 1/2 cup sweet corn
  • 2 lbs. potatoes, peeled & chopped into 1” chunks
  • 6 Tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • Salt & pepper to taste

Directions

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Pie Need You!
The Pi Day Bake Off has started their voting process and I thank you kindly for a vote for my Drunken Apple Pi(e). There is some stiff competition out there and every vote saves a kitten counts!  Just click the photo above and the little VOTE NOW button on the upper left corner of my entry page.
Thank you so much!
(edit: Apparently the vote button is not appearing for some people… Try this link and I am the second one on that page. So sorry guys and I thank you for trying to vote!)

Pie Need You!

The Pi Day Bake Off has started their voting process and I thank you kindly for a vote for my Drunken Apple Pi(e). There is some stiff competition out there and every vote saves a kitten counts!  Just click the photo above and the little VOTE NOW button on the upper left corner of my entry page.

Thank you so much!

(edit: Apparently the vote button is not appearing for some people… Try this link and I am the second one on that page. So sorry guys and I thank you for trying to vote!)

Happy Pi(e) Day! 

Ever since American National Pie Day (sponsored by Crisco) on January 23rd, I knew I would also be celebrating International Pie Day on March 14th (3.14).  My twitter friend and virtual baking buddy, @nicolehering, alerted me to a glorious Pi(e) Day Bake Off over on Serious Eats.  Yes! My very first pie contest! I viewed past entries and especially last year’s winner to scope out what I was up against. 

claudettes-100-digit-berry-pie-pi (2010 winner)

I knew I wanted to make a Pi shaped pie, but had no idea if it would work.  Then, even more of a pressing issue, what do I fill it with??

I first tried to artistically freehand making the pie mold out of heavy duty aluminum foil.  After I just started ripping and cutting and crumpling and getting nowhere, I then realized this project needed a more methodical approach.  Geek it up!  I sat down and started to draw out my pi pie plans like I did back in middle school technology class trying to engineer the perfect candle holder for my mom.  A little planning went a long way and like an origami master, I finally had my pi(e) mold.  

After using all of that brain power and furrowed brow/tongue sticking out concentration, I wanted a drink.  That was it!  An apple pie filling with a generous amount of whiskey for an early St. Patrick’s Day Pi(e).  I take no responsibility for random spouting of mathematical equations spoken in an Irish brogue after making & eating this pie (which may or may not have happened).  

Here you have it…

The Drunken Apple Pi(e)

(If you’d just like to make a lovely pi(e) with a circumference, this also makes a standard 9” pie)

Ingredients

  • Dough for a double flaky pie crust
  • 4 Gala apples, peeled and cut into small chunks
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 3/4 cup sugar 
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp cloves 
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 shots of whiskey
  • 3 Tbsp cold unsalted butter cut into small chunks
  • 1 egg, beaten

Directions

Roll out bottom crust.  Chill in the refrigerator.  In a large bowl mix the apples and lemon juice together.  In a separate bowl, combine the flour, sugar, nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon and salt.  Slowly stir the dry ingredients in until apples are completely covered.  Let the apples sit for 15 minutes.

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

Stir the whiskey into the apples and gently pour the filling into your pie crust.  Dot the filling with the cold butter.  Roll out your top crust and place onto your pie, crimping the edges to join together.  Make sure to cut vents in your pie to let steam out.  Brush with the beaten egg for a nice crisp golden crust.

Bake for 30 minutes at 400 degrees.  Turn the heat down to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and rotate the pie so that the pie facing the back of the oven is now facing the front of the oven.  Continue to bake at 350 for another 30 minutes or until the crust is golden brown and the juices are bubbling thickly.

Let cool for at least 2 hours before digging your spoon directly into it.