So because Pi Day was on a Wednesday, I somehow got it in my head that I’d posted about the two pies I made for dinner and dessert when all I’d done was add a picture of my slices for What I Ate Wednesday! Whoops.
Our dinner pie was from Food52 Cookbook Club’s first book Art of the Pie by Kate McDermott. I was immediately intrigued by this as it is a savory pie with fruit in it and it has a cheddar cheese crust. I definitely had to make it!
The cheddar cheese crust was simple to throw together. Since I had to grate the cheese which I always use a food processor for, I ended up making the dough straight in there rather than by hand. Flour, salt, cheddar, butter and ice water thrown in together and once it starts to come together I turned it out onto a floured bit of plastic wrap and split it in two pieces and formed it into a disc and refrigerated it until I was ready to make the pie.
Then I made the filling. First I made up a batch of Kenji Alt-Lopez’s maple sage breakfast sausage which I posted about here. Then I cooked a big tin of pie apple with salt, apple juice, brown sugar, thyme, rosemary and allspice for about 5 minutes and then drained the juices and put the apple mixture in with the sausage. Then I reduced the juice to 1 cup in a saucepan and stirred that through the apple-sausage mixture.
Then it was just a matter of rolling out the dough, putting the filling in, rolling out the lid and crimping them together. Egg wash on and bake for 40 minutes, with two more egg washes at 10 and 20 minutes.
This was so good – we were all so glad to have tried it. And given how interestingly different the pie sounded, I was shocked to find not even a sliver in the pie plate when I came back into the kitchen. I can’t wait to cook more from this book!