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Posted: Jan 21 2007 at 4:18pm | IP Logged Quote MaryM

I mentioned in the pie vs. cake thread that Tuesday is National Pie Day. Thought I'd post it here as well so it isn't lost. This site has a great list of "Random Acts of Pieness" to do on that day. Looks like fun.

And on her blog, Karen conveniently recommended this book - A Apple Pie
which looks delightful!

A variety of pie picture books:

Make an Apple Pie and See the World
The Apple Pie Tree
Pie in the Sky
A Pie Went By
Sweet Potato Pie

So what would you do to commemorate this day?

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Posted: Jan 21 2007 at 8:22pm | IP Logged Quote Rachel May

I would have Bill make this. It's his specialty.

Amazing Apple-Butterscotch Pie
From Patti LaBelle's Labelle Cuisine: Recipes to Sing About


Basic Piecrust for a Double-Crust Pie
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1/4 cup half-and-half
5 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
7 medium Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, and cut into 1/4-inch wedges
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
3 tablespoons cornstarch
Grated zest of 1/2 lemon
Grated zest of 1/4 orange, optional
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1.4 teaspoon ground allspice
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon all-purpose flour


1.Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

2. In a small saucepan, stir 3/4 cup of the brown sugar and the half-and-half over medium heat until the sugar dissolves. Remove from the heat and add the butter and the vanilla. Stir until the butter melts. Set the butterscotch mixture aside to cool completely.

3. In a medium bowl, toss the apples with the lemon juice. Add the remaining 1/4 cup brown sugar, the cornstarch, lemon zest, and the orange zest (if using), cinnamon, allspice and nutmeg.

4. On a lightly floured work surface, roll out the larger disk of dough into a 13-inch round about 1/8 inch thick. Fold the dough in half. Transfer to a 9-inch pie pan, and gently unfold the dough to fit into the pan. Sprinkle the bottom of the dough with the flour. Fill the pie pan with the apple mixture. Pour the cooled butterscotch mixture over the apples.

5. On a lightly floured work surface, roll out the remaining pie dough into a 10- to 11-inch round about 1/8 inch thick. Fold the dough in half, and gently unfold over the apples to cover the filling. Using scissors or a sharp knife, trim the edges of the 2 piecrusts to a 1-inch overhang.

6. Pinching the 2 crusts together, fold the dough under itself so the edge of the fold is flush with the edge of the pie pan. Flute the crust around the edges of the pan. Cut a few slits in the top crust so the steam can escape.

7. Bake until golden brown and the juices are bubbling (look into the slits to check), about 45 minutes. Cool completely on a wire cake rack.

Makes 8 servings.

and then do fractions as we eat.   

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Posted: Jan 21 2007 at 8:38pm | IP Logged Quote Elizabeth

Oh, this is way fun...planning, planning, planning.

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Posted: Jan 23 2007 at 7:02am | IP Logged Quote marihalojen

Today is Pie Day?!? I've been so busy I nearly missed this! I have been wanting to try a pie, new style (to us) Galette on the Grill, I'm thinking Apple with a Smoked Cheddar Cheese wedge would be yummy tonight!

And for those of us minus a TV, try Good Eats - Pie Crust to get the oxymoron of Tender, yet Flaky fulfilled.

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Posted: Jan 23 2007 at 9:23am | IP Logged Quote Nina Murphy

I don't have recommendations for how to celebrate the day but do have one more book that is certainly fun (and silly): Sweet Dream Pie!

Enjoy the day!

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and 2 yet-to-be-met
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Posted: Jan 23 2007 at 12:24pm | IP Logged Quote Donna

We just wrapped up our apple pie study. Perfect timing!!!

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Jason, Stevie, Marie, Jackson, Clara, and Aaron
Jacob, Sam, and Regina with God
Grandbabies Leigha and Elsie

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Posted: Jan 23 2007 at 3:07pm | IP Logged Quote Meredith

We're having Black-bottom Banana Cream Pie tonight!!

Pie Crust
Melted Chocolate Chips spread into the bottom of pre-baked and cooled crust
Layer or sliced Bananas
Banana (or Vanilla) Pudding
Then Lots of Whip Cream and Chocolate Shavings on top!!

Thanks Mary this was fun!!

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