Sunday, March 14, 2010

Happy ∏ Day!

∏=3.14. Pi Day=March 14 (3.14). Get it? Now, I'm sure that pi is a very useful thing, but I'm all about the pie, so let's get on with it.
It's March break week, which means that all the kids are in Florida, teachers are enjoying a well-earned week off, and us supply teachers are wondering if we'll get any calls when the break is over. I think we always wonder that. Actually, I'm trying to fight off all the germs I caught from the kindergartners, but I won't go into any detail about that.
For Pi Day, I decided to make a maple sugar pie. It's so easy--a pie crust and 3 ingredients, and it helps me use up my maple sugar so I can get some new stuff. It's sugaring off time, and my family live in the 'maple syrup capital of Ontario', I kid you not. There are tons of sugar bushes around, and I visit every year. If they are boiling sap, the smell is heavenly, and you should bring a lawnchair and just camp out beside the boiler. It's like a maple sauna.
My mother and I went this morning and got 4 litres of syrup: 2 each of light and amber. I visited the evaporator room, sampled everything they had and had some taffy on snow too. They didn't have any maple sugar, so that means another trip soon.

Maple Sugar Pie

1 baked pie crust or tart shell, cooled

1 cup maple sugar
¼ cup flour
1½ cups whipping cream

Preheat oven to 350℉. Whisk maple sugar and flour together and add cream. Stir well. Pour into pie crust and bake for 35-45 minutes, until just set. Cool. Serve warm or at room temperature. This is traditionally served with unsweetened cream, whipped or not.

The pie has a creamy, custardy filling, and is very maple-y. Brown sugar can be substituted, but it won't be the same at all. Some versions call for eggs and evaporated milk, but this one has the purest flavour, I think.


Natalie... said...

Hehe I love pi day :)..another excuse to bake hehe, your maple pie looks delicious yumm.

twitcher said...

Nice amber and dark syrup there Mary! oh, and the pi(e) looks good too.

Sophie said...

I'd love to live in the maple syrup capital! One of my favorite ingredients to bake with, though I've never tried it in a pie. Genius!

misterrios said...

Oh wow! That is a pretty amazing pie. I think Pi(e) day is an amazingly nerdy thing. I just wish I had known about it to take part. Great job.