Monday, March 14, 2011

March 14th

International Pi Day is observed on March 14th (3/14) every year and is celebrated with the consumption of pies. Since a circle is 2Π radians, a well-rounded Pi Day has two pies. Of course, the cake is still a lie.
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Build Guide: Apple Pie

Step 1: Set aside sufficient space on the workbench, assemble needed tools, acquire reagents, and preheat the oven to 425°F (491 kelvin). For this build you will need an oven, a 9.5 in pie pan, a standard rolling pin, a large mixing bowl, and a can opener. Potholders are required safety equipment for this build. Reagents for this project are one 11 oz (311 g) box of pie crust mix, two 21 oz (595g) cans of pie filling, 1/3 cup water, and shop quantities of flour for dusting the work surface. Apple pie filling was chosen for this build; however, other fillings may be substituted based on operator preference.
Tools and Reagents

Step 2: Combine pie crust mix and water in mixing bowl as per included recipe. This mixture will form a semisolid spheroid.

Step 3: Split the mixture in half and place on lightly floured work surface. The flour prevents adhesion. Roll out each half of the volume individually, flattening each spheroid until it's area is 142 sq in (916 cm²). This is the approximate area of the pie pan.
Spheroid flattened to proper area

Step 4: Install one pie crust as base layer into pie pan. Fill interior of pie with chosen pie filling. Install second pie crust as top layer onto pie filling. Perforate top layer. Using finger pressure, fuse the two crust layers in a crimping action around the circumference of the pie.
One and twenty blackbirds not required for this build

Step 5: Place assembled pie in the oven for stage one of the baking cycle. Duration of stage one is 15 minutes. After completion of stage one, lower the oven temperature to 325°F for stage 2. Duration of stage 2 is 30 minutes. Stage 2 may be extended for build completion, indicated by a golden brown coloration of the pie crust. After completion of stage 2, remove the pie from the oven and allow to cool to safe consuming temperature.
Safe Operating Temperature

This build does not cover additional foodstuffs, such as ice cream, which may be served with the pie.
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