3/14/12

Pineapple Pie for Pi Day

Because today is 3-14 and we are celebrating National Pi Day, I thought I should do my part to honor Pi by baking a special pie.  This is a Pineapple Pie, and it is my first ever to bake. I have made different kinds of pies that had pineapple as an ingredient, but this is my first time for a totally Pineapple Pie. I came across the recipe at Allrecipes, and being a pineapple lover, I thought it sounded wonderful.


 

Pineapple Pie
1 pastry for 9-inch double crust pie (I used my mother's pie crust recipe and added the zest of one lemon)
3/4 cup sugar
3 tablespoons cornstarch
1 (20 ounce) can crushed pineapple with juice
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 tablespoons milk
1 tablespoon sugar

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. In a medium saucepan, combine sugar, cornstarch, pineapple with juice, and lemon juice. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until thickened, then allow to boil for 1 minute. Remove from heat and cool slightly. Pour mixture into pastry lined pie pan. Cover with top crust and seal. Make steam vents in crust, then brush with milk and sprinkle with sugar. Bake in preheated oven 30 - 35 minutes until browned.




I decided that I wanted to do cut out shapes for the top of my pie instead of a solid top crust, so I looked through all my cookie cutters for something to use. I didn't find anything that appealed to me, so I got out my kitchen shears and cut up a soft aluminum can to make a pineapple shape. I bent it and shaped it until it suited me then used tape to hold it together.

 

I cut out several pineapple shapes from the pie crust.



 After placing them on top of the pie, I brushed the cut outs with milk and lightly sprinkled with sugar.
 
Bake for 30 - 35 minutes or until crust is browned. I also used a pie crust shield around the edges for about half the baking time.

 

I thought this pie was super! Some like to serve fruit pies like this with ice cream, so scoop it on if you like, but I like mine plain. Happy Pi Day.

 
Another little perk of baking the pie today was having left over pie crust. I rolled mine out and cut it out with cookie cutters and baked it on parchment paper.


These little pie crust cookies with the lemon zest will be a treat with yogurt and strawberries later.




14 comments:

  1. Okay, now you're just showing off Anita! LOL What a cute idea with the cut out pineapple. You're so clever. I was brought up on pineapple tart. It always made an appearance at every event we celebrated. Where I live is the pineapple growing capital of Australia so always lots of fresh pineapple on hand. My Nanna used to make it as well. I'm going to try your recipe to compare.

    Anne xx

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  2. The pie sounds great! Ma told me about how she wanted to enter a pie recipe contest with a pineapple pie, said she just couldn't get it right. I might surprise her with this one:@)

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  3. What a great sounding pie. I love the cookie cutters you made, btw. They are so cute! Happy Pi Day!

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  4. Yummm! I love pineapple anything! And thanks showing me how to make my own little cutter! So clever!

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  5. I can't believe you made your own pineapple cutout. That is so smart. My favourite part of making pie is the leftover crust as well, but this pie looks delicious.

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  6. Beautiful, I have never had a pineapple pie, I like pineapple so sure i would like. Like the cutouts, you are just so clever.................andi

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  7. Well...."ain't you somethin'"! I didn't know 3-14 was Pi day but it sure makes sense. I've never had pineapple pie but I would like to try it someday. My favorite pie growing up was lemon meringue and I'm thinking you could probably put meringue on that one too if you wanted to but I love your cutouts of the pineapple. That was so clever and turned out just perfectly. It made a really pretty design. I'll have to remember that tip! Thanks for sharing!

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  8. This looks like a great recipe! I would love for you to link it up to my Recipe Party at The Sweet Spot.

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  9. Great looking pie. Love your creative pineapple cutter!

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  10. Oh I want a slice, never had pineapple pie before. Looks great.

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  11. Hi Anita,
    Great idea for your Pineapple Pie, all those little pineapples. I am going to make this pie for my "Honey Bunny" he just loves pineapple. Hope you are having a great week end and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Happy St. Patrick's Day!
    Miz Helen

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  12. How creative you are, Anita, in making your own little pineapple cookie cutter. I love pineapple, too!!

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  13. making your own pineapple cutter was very clever!

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  14. The pie looks delicious and I love the way you made your pineapple cutter. So smart! I'm pinning this idea! Thanks for sharing at Whimsy Wednesdays!

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