Cast Iron Skillet Pie

Dear Boys, Your sweet sister reminded me this morning that today is Pi Day.  More specifically, Super Pi Day!  I had asked her once to remind me if she thought of it, because I thought Dad would get a kick out of being wished Happy Pi Day.  He’s the math and science guy after all.  I’m so glad she remembered since pi day means you get to have pie! As you know from working all those math problems, pi is equal to 3.14.  Hence, the fourteenth day of the third month is called Pi Day by many.  If you continue the digits of pi, you’ll get to 3.1415.  That’s what makes it Super Pi Day here on March 14, 2015.  I’m like you, Lee, and not really sure how pi can stand in so faithfully for all those different calculations.  Pi is reliable in the mathematics world, though, so I guess it’s well and good we celebrated it. Super Pi Day will only happen once this century, so we did it up right with a blueberry pie. The pie I’m going to show you here is not the one I cooked this afternoon.  This recipe is a triple berry pie, but you can use any fruit that you choose. These pictures are from last June when some friends invited us to share in their berry bounty. – blueberries, blackberries and raspberries!  It was the first time in my life I had picked raspberries.  They grow on vines similar to blackberries and though not the same variety as the ones we buy at the grocery, they were quite delicious. DSC_0197.JPGFirst, you’ll need a pie crust recipe that makes two crusts. DSC_0198 I divided mine not quite in half.  The larger piece was for the bottom crust and the smaller, for the top. DSC_0199.JPG Place one dough ball between two sheets of wax paper. DSC_0202 Roll out the larger dough ball until DSC_0204.JPG you have a circle about 10 inches in diameter. (Of course, on Pi Day you really should recognize the fact that, because of pi, you could calculate the circumference of this circle right now.) DSC_0209 Next you’ll lay the pie crust onto a 9-inch cast iron skillet and peel off the wax paper. DSC_0215.JPG Next measure four cups of berries into a mixing bowl. (Apparently, I either failed to photograph or accidentally deleted the pie filling steps, but you can’t omit doing them even if I don’t have photos.) Into a separate bowl, mix 2/3 cup sugar, 3 Tablespoons cornstarch, 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon and 1 Tablespoon lemon juice.  Stir until mixed and then pour over berries.  Gently toss together and let set five minutes. DSC_0222.JPG Pour the berry mixture into the crust and cut little pats of butter and place all over pie. DSC_0223.JPG Lay the smaller pie crust on top of the pie and remove the wax paper. DSC_0225.JPG Tuck in the edges of the crust DSC_0226.JPG all the way around the pie. DSC_0227.JPGUsing an egg separator, DSC_0228.JPGremove one egg yolk from the egg white. DSC_0229.JPG Mix the yolk and about 1/4 cup milk DSC_0230.JPG and whisk until well blended. DSC_0231.JPGBrush egg mixture on top of crust. DSC_0237.JPGUsing a sharp knife, make slits around the pie. Bake in a 400-degree oven for 35-45 minutes or until juices are bubbling and the crust is golden brown. DSC_0242.JPGIt should look like this. DSC_0245.JPG Leave it on the counter to cool for awhile so that the filling can set. And by the way, do you see those gorgeous flowers to the left?  They are from your sweet dad.  It was our 24th anniversary last summer, and he sent those to celebrate the day.  I am one happy girl indeed to be married to a man like your dad.  He is the best!! Enjoy your pie on pi day. I love you, Mom

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