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Happy Pi Day!

Posted in Pie by user72521 on March 14, 2009

So today is Pi day and in honor of this blessed event, I have made TWO pies –  A Tuscaloosa Tollhouse Pie (from Baked Cookbook I recently purchased). This pie is like a Chocolate Chip cookie and pie all in one and I give it 5 noms out of 5. Here’s the recipe:

1 pie crust – fitted into a 9” pie pan and frozen
1/2 cup AP flour
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
2 large eggs
3/4 c. unsalted butter, softened and cubed
1 tbs. whiskey
3/4 cup walnuts, toasted and chopped
1 ¼ cups chocolate chips

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

In a medium bowl, whisk the flour and sugars together until combined. Set aside.

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat the eggs on high speed until foamy, about 3 minutes. Remove the whisk attachment and add the paddle attachment. With the mixer on low, gradually add the flour mixture. Turn the mixer to high and beat for 2 minutes. Scrape down the bowl and add the butter, beating on high until well-combined. Scrape down the bowl and add the whiskey, and beat the mixture on high for 1 minute.

Fold the nuts and 1 cup of chocolate chips into the filling. Scrape into the frozen pie shell and smooth into an even layer. Sprinkle the remaining 1/4 cup chocolate chips on top. Bake for 40-50 minutes, covering the edges of the crust with foil if it gets too brown. The pie is done when it is puffed and golden brown, and a knife inserted into the center comes out clean.

Allow to cool before slicing, but this pie is best served warm.

Cassiboy commented on the lightness of the Pie. I think it's due to beating these eggs half to death

Cassiboy commented on the lightness of the Pie. I think it's due to beating these eggs half to death

For baking purposes only

For baking purposes only

Folding and folding

Folding and folding

Ready for the oven. Smells really good even at this point

Ready for the oven. Smells really good even at this point

OMNOMNOMNOMNOMNOMNOM

OMNOMNOMNOMNOMNOMNOM

A test drive

A test drive

MAIN EVENT

The main event for today was apple pi(e) for the throwdown between Shelly of http://busyatworkathome.wordpress.com.This is being judged some confusing way and I hope I win, will post results later. Cassiboy and Party Foul were here for moral support as I prepared the pi(e). Mostly, they danced around the kitchen and made up songs that involved Pi. I’m guessing Cassiboy will post those at her blog, but I might be mistaken http://leomonkey.wordpress.com/

So my pie is called “Pi(e) Are Squared” – Get it? You have to see it, I guess. First of all, this pie tastes like the buttery goodness that it looks like in the closeup. I give it 5.314 noms out of 5 – Cassiboy and Party Foul seemed to enjoy as well because despite how hot the pie was they kept taking bites and kind of dancing around. (the real name is Grandma Opal’s Apple Pie and here’s the recipe from http://www.allrecipes.com:)

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 recipe pastry for a 9 inch double crust pie
  • 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
  • 8 Granny Smith apples – peeled, cored and sliced

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). 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.
  2. Place the bottom crust in your pan. Fill with apples, mounded slightly. Cover with a lattice work of crust. Gently pour the sugar and butter liquid over the crust. Pour slowly so that it does not run off.
  3. Bake 15 minutes in the preheated oven. Reduce the temperature to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Continue baking for 35 to 45 minutes, until apples are soft

And photos….First of Shelly’s Cherry Pie

Mmmm cherry pie mmmm

Mmmm cherry pie mmmm

Well, she did go to Tech....

Well, she did go to Tech....

Sweet Cherry Pi(e)

Sweet Cherry Pi(e)

I call this one "Shelly with Pie"

I call this one "Shelly with Pie"

And then my Apple pi(e) Are Squared:

Apples chopped and ready

Apples chopped and ready

Ready to go

Ready to go

Pi(e) R Squared. Get it? Get it???

Pi(e) R Squared. Get it? Get it???

I'm basically like Vanna White or some junk

I'm basically like Vanna White or some junk

Except hungrier

Except hungrier

Look in the bottom left corner - that's a river of butter. A butter river runs thru it. hahahaha.

Look in the bottom left corner - that's a river of butter. A butter river runs thru it. hahahaha.

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  1. […] Maxine’s “Apple Pi(e) R Squared” […]

  2. shelly said, on March 15, 2009 at 12:56 am

    mmmmm. pie.
    For your records, the cherry pie recipe came from a recipe I got online – http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Old-Fashioned-Cherry-Vanilla-Pie-14181. The recipe for the crust is from The Martha Stewart Cookbook.


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