Beets Sweets — Pi(e) Day

Pi Day is celebrated on March 14th (3/14) around the world. As you may remember from math class years ago, Pi is the ratio of the circle’s circumference to its diameter and is a constant number meaning that no matter what the size of the circle, Pi will always be the same. Another unique things about Pi is that it continues infinitely without repetition or pattern. It has been calculated to over one trillion digits beyond its decimal point however typically we use 3.14159 when using it in calculations. This year Pi day is a little more unique as two more decimals are represented 3/14/15. This all might make me sounds like a math nerds or really great at it which is not the case, my dad happens to be a retired high school math teacher. In honor of this day I of course made a pie. When I think of a classic American pie, apple comes to mind and I found a recipe for one with a crumble topping instead of another pie crust. It comes from a cookbook my church in Indiana put together in 2010 submitted by one of our good family friends, Molly Howe. Like myself, Molly gets her love of cooking and baking from her mother Kristyl. Apple pie is best served warm with a scoop of vanilla or cinnamon ice cream!

Enjoy- Chelsea

Aunt Debbie’s Crunchy Carmel Apple Pie

Ingredients:

• 1 unbaked pie crust *See Beets Sweets Sugar Cream Pie recipe for a homemade one
• ½ cup sugar
• 3 TBS flour
• 1 tsp cinnamon
• ½ tsp salt
• 6 cups Granny Smith Apples, peeled and thinly sliced *Approximately 7 apples
• 1 cup packed brown sugar
• ½ cup flour
• ½ cup quick cooking rolled oats
• ½ cup butter, cut into small pieces
• ½ cup chopped pecans
• ¼ cup caramel sauce

Directions:

• In a large mixing bowl, stir together the sugar, 3 TBS of flour, cinnamon, and salt. Add sliced apples and gently toss until coated then put apple mixture into pie shell.
• Combine brown sugar, flour, oats, and butter to make the crumble topping. Sprinkle mixture over apples.
• Cover edges of pie with foil to protect crust from burning. Bake pie at 375 degrees for 25 minutes. Remove foil and bake another 25 minutes.
• Remove from oven and sprinkle with pecans and drizzle with caramel sauce. Cool on a wire rack.

By day, Chelsea Beets is one of our top-notch reservation specialists here at The Clear Creek Group, helping to create dream-like Jackson Hole experiences for our guests. By night, you’ll often find Chelsea in her kitchen, crafting scrumptious culinary fare that is no less dreamy. From delicate scratch-made pastries and treats, to some of the best Midwest comfort dishes ever conceived, Chelsea has a passion and talent for the craft. Fortunately for her fellow co-workers, she routinely shares her products!