Pi Approximation Day

Today, July 22nd, is PI APPROXIMATION DAY!  [Clicking those words will take you to Wiki for the full explanation.]

And I promised you a pie to celebrate.  

Even though it was forecasted to be one of the hottest days of the year, I still went ahead and turned on the oven to BAKE.    I made you this PLUMCOT Pie with Oatmeal-Walnut Crumb Topping per the Deep-Dish Pluot Pie recipe from Ken Haedrich’s PIE book.

The plumcots were on sale at my favorite grocery store;   I bought a few apricots,too, because I don’t recall the last time I ate a fresh apricot.   It was sweeter than I expected.

Photo Essay of the Process:

For Chris:   I made a single pie crust of 1.25 flour, 3/4 stick unsalted butter, 1/4 salt pulsed in the food processor.  Then mixed while slowly adding 3 Tblsp water, chilled 15 min, next rolled round to my pie plate, and chilled again.   Filling was 2 apricots, 6 or 7 plumcots, sugar, lemon juice and zest, nutmeg (let sit for 15 min) and then a sugar + cornstarch mix with all of this filling the pie crust.   I baked that for 30 minutes at 400 while I assembled the oatmeal-walnut crumb topping (which also had sugar and cinnamon and salt) to tamp onto the fruit of the pie, baked for 30 minutes more at 375.   It dripped a lot!  But I had a pan to catch it.   Page 120 of Haedrich’s awesome book.   I recommend.

I have vanilla ice cream to accompany.     I made a Banana Cream Pie, as well.

Happy Pi Approximation Day!


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5 thoughts on “Pi Approximation Day

  1. You have made me so happy with the idea of a Pi Approximation Day. Particularly because it has to be written the British way to make sense! Serious pie efforts there – I’m in awe.

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