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March 14, 2011

Today is March 14, Pi Day.   Pi Day was founded at the San Francisco Exploratorium by physicist Larry Shaw back in 1989 and the celebration has grown since then.  In fact, the US House of Representatives passed a non-binding resolution in 2009 recognizing March 14, 2009 as National Pi Day. 

Pi Day gets its name from the first three numbers of Pi, whose decimal representation never ends or repeats.  In 2009 pi was calculated out to five trillion decimal places.

 While this date may not have made it to Hallmark card status, it’s enough of a reason for me to celebrate with this rustic pie.  Happy Pi Day.

Rustic Caramel Apple Pie
 
 
 
1 – 9″ refrigerated pie crust, unbaked
2 granny smith apples, peeled, cored and sliced thin
3 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp flour
1/4 cup caramel ice cream topping, warmed (use the rum caramel if you’re feeling adventurous)
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon

Directions:

In a large bowl, combine the apples, sugar and flour, tossing to combine.  Set aside.

Roll dough to a 10 inch circle.  Transfer to a parchment lined baking sheet the top with the filling mixture, spreading to within 2 inches of the edge.  Spoon warm caramel over the filling, then sprinkle with cinnamon.

Fold the edges of the dough up over the filling, leaving the center uncovered.

Bake at 400F for 30 minutes or until the crust is golden. Slide the tart, on the parchment paper, to a wire rack to cool.  Serve warm or at room temperature.  A little scoop of ice cream wouldn’t hurt either.

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