Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Happy Pi Day!

I'm not a math geek, just a geeky person who likes pie and doing projects with my kids!  Pi Day (3.14) is a great way to put pie-making & eating on our calendar.  Oh, and we talked a little about math, too...

Because we were planning to deliver and share some pies with friends, I bought these foil muffin tins. To determine the size circles we would need for the bottom and top crusts, we measured the bottom of a muffin well and added it to twice the height of the side. (Problem solving & reasoning - check.  Measurement - check.  Adding fractions - check.)
Be sure to add a little extra to each circle for sealing the top and bottom crusts together.  We found that we had a bowl and a glass that were just the right diamater for use as cutters.  Next, we peeled and very thinly sliced 4 apples and tossed them in a bowl with 2 Tbsp flour, 1/3 cup sugar & sprinkled in cinnamon.  (Another quickie pie filling is frozen mixed berries, tossed with the same ingredients.)  We cut our circles from Trader Joe's (thawed) frozen pie crusts and put the tiny pies together.  We sealed the edges of each pie, cut vents on top (probably should have done pi symbol!), and sprinkled with a little cinnamon and sugar.  We baked them at 375 degrees for 30 minutes.  (Check yours at 20 minutes to be sure crusts aren't getting too brown.  If the apples aren't done, but the crusts are, just cover with foil and continue to bake.)  To serve, use kitchen shears or scissors to cut the pan apart.  Round the edges -- they're pretty sharp.  Two crusts (1 package) made 10 pies.

Hap-py Pi Day, Everybody!

1 comment:

  1. I can't believe I missed an opportunity to eat pie! Yours look delicious. :)


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