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!