Happy Pi Day! Pi (π) is the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter and is a constant number, meaning that for all circles of any size, Pi will be the same. The diameter of a circle is the distance from edge to BLAH BLAH BLAH!! What Pi(e) Day really means, is that today is just another excuse to make, bake and devour delicious PIE without a care in the world! So that’s just what the Hell I plan to do! Happy PIE Day everyone! Now let’s take a look at what I’ve been baking for the last two days!
I have been so damn busy with so many other projects that some of my REAL passions have fallen by the wayside – The PIE ADDICT included. Oh, I’ve been experimenting with and trying my hand at various recipes both pie-related and not, but just haven’t had the time to talk a whole lot about the challenges and disasters I put myself through. In any case, I’m back now and what better day to tackle my favorite subject – PIE, than a day like today – Pi DAY!
First up – A Cinnamon Roll Apple Pie
Over the past weekend, I managed to squeeze in some ME-TIME in the kitchen (Wife was out and about around town, daughter was keeping to herself in her room, boys were at work, dog – laid out, basking in the warmth of the sunlight that spilled through the back windows), and tackle a pie project I had been so eagerly waiting for the opportunity to try – A Cinnamon Roll Apple Pie.
Who doesn’t like a good Cinnamon Roll? Now think about a warm, sweet (but tart) apple pie? Now put both of these awesome creations together? I’m telling you, you can’t imagine what that would taste like, and neither could I, but I really really wanted to! So I just happened to come across a quick and easy recipe on BUZZFEED on a recent article titled – You’ve Been Making Apple Pie Wrong This Entire Time. The recipe list was surprisingly short and a neat video accompanied it:
Now, I will be the first to admit to myself that I am really just an amateur when it comes to baking and pie making, so it was surprise that mine did not turn out the way it should have. Nor was it as simple (for ME anyways…) to put together. But I will tell you this, what I did taste was amazing! Indescribable! And I will definitely be making this again here in the next few weeks, now that I have TRIED to do it once and know now what I need to do to perfect my process.
Just a few things I FAILED on and will do better next time around:
- Crust. Rolling out the cinnamon rolls (as seen in the video) was a bit more challenging to me than the pro in the video. The ‘sticky’ nature of the cinnamon roll slices gave me issues, sticking to my rolling pin and the rolling mat. I used flour per the video, however I had to use MORE than what they used, which created sort of a mess.
- Baking. The baking time used in the video recipe was not remotely close to how long I needed to bake mine for (and this could be because I was using an older oven?). I have to bake, maybe another 20 minutes beyond, to get my top crust brown, and as I mention below, even this added time was not nearly enough. The apples also could have used even a little more time.
- Pre-Bake. The bottom cinnamon roll crust layer was uncooked and gooey. Even after baking mine for another 20min or so, the bottom crust was a mess. Could be from a variety of things, including the juice from the apples. I’m not sure, but I have some ideas I may try the next time around. So the pie wasn’t really edible (at least all the way the down to the bottom crust). I am thinking I may consider ‘pre-baking the bottom cinnamon roll crust just to make sure? We’ll see…
- Pie Filling. Also, I may have put a little too many apples in the pie? I tend to go heavy )or, heavier) on the pie filling and this may have attributed to the bottom crust not baking. Will learn to follow directions a little closer in the future!
So not the best experience for me out of the gates with this one, but from what I was able to taste, this could end up being one of my signature dishes. Stay tuned for more on this!
A Fan Favorite – Strawberries and Cream Pie
A close family friend of ours, recently added a new member to the roster, a little baby boy. So in light of this most awesome of events, I through together a fan favorite, my Strawberry and Cream Pie, with graham cracker crust. It never fails to please and it has become almost second nature now, for me to through this together. So, good pie for a good cause. Everyone is happy!
And lastly – The Skillet Apple Pie
And finally, for Pi Day, the local Indoor Soccer Arena (of which my wife and I frequent and play at), decided to have a Happy Pie Day potluck event this evening. So I was tasked with bringing a pie, of course. The Skillet Apple Pie is both delicious and one of my largest of pie dishes, so I elected to bake it for the festivities tonight.
In a matter of days I whipped out three pie dishes and by the end of the week, I will have added to that number – making a Brownie Bottom Pumpkin Cream Pie for my lovely daughter’s twelfth birthday (as per HER request).
Not a bad few days….