Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Belated Pi Day Pie

This Strawberry Rhubarb Pie didn't come together until the day AFTER Pi Day. Oh well. Life with two kids - I need a weekend. What else can I say? I managed to get out to the store to get the pie ingredients on Pi Day, so that counts for something. I was a bit short on the rhubarb (maybe 1/2lb. under) and my son and I pilfered three strawberries from the quart before the pie came to fruition. As a result, I used one of my smallest pie dishes and used scant cupfulls of the sugars. It was drunkenly sliced into and enjoyed on the first date night my husband and I have had in about six months. I also should mention that I scored some major tacky points by then bringing said sliced-into pie over to our friends' house for dinner the next night. It's OK; they have kids too. They understand. For the recipe, click here. My only substitutions are that I used my own crust recipe and arrowroot starch instead of cornstarch. I also did not futz with any of that egg-glazed crust nonsense.

Current Pie Tally: 137

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Snow Day Poker Pie

I made this tasty crustacean on one of our more recent snow days (probably about a month ago - shame shame negligent blogger). My husband was home from work to run interference with the children. The fact that we had some dudes coming over for poker that night added some extra motivation. It's always nice to have a few extra mouths to help eat a big pie. A pie is occasionally too much of an edible commitment when you only have two pie eaters in the house. I made the extra buttery crust again with this one - soooooooo good. And the topping came out crispity crunchety (that's a technical term). I also got to sit in for a few rounds of poker; my straight flush took a nice pot of money on one hand. Apple Crumb Pie - it's a win every time! Click here for the recipe. My substitutions are as follows: I used my own crust recipe (the one that involves an entire stick of butter); I used 3 T. of a mixture of fresh orange and lemon juice for the acid/liquid (frozen leftovers from the last one of these pies I made); I baked it for an hour and 10 minutes, because I used a large deep dish.

Current Pie Tally: 136