Recipe: Pies for Pi Day

courtesy of Executive Chef David Noto of Omni Bedford Springs Resort*

Omni Bedford Springs Resort's "Grandma's Apple Pie" Recipe



  • 2 ¼ Cup all purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon Sugar
  • 1 pinch salt
  • ¾ Cup shortening

Sift first three (3) ingredients together. Remove 1/3 of the mixture and add to ¼ Cup cool water to make a paste. Mix the remainder of the sifted mixture with the vegetable shortening until you get pea sized balls. Mix paste in quickly without kneading too much. Cut dough in half, 1 piece for the top and 1 piece for the bottom. Roll out the dough and line 1-8" deep dish glass pie plate.



  • 8 each Granny Smith apples (peel, core, and sliced thin)
  • ½ Cup brown sugar
  • 1 Cup granulated sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon cinnamon
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 4 Tablespoons soft butter
  • All purpose flour to sprinkle in


  1. Mix first five (5) ingredients until the apples are well coated.
  2. Place half in the pie shell and add 2 tablespoons of butter in small pieces.
  3. Sprinkle flour over the apples, add the remainder of the apples. Top with remainder of the butter and another sprinkle of flour.
  4. Roll out the second piece of dough and lay on top of the pie. Crimp the sides and cut off excess dough.
  5. Brush with milk and cut three (3) slits in the top layer of dough.
  6. Bake @ 400 degrees for 15 minutes.
  7. Lower oven to 350 degrees and bake 30-40 minutes.
  8. Test the apples through the slits with a knife, just tender enough for the knife to go through.
  9. Remove from oven and cool. Enjoy!

*Omni Bedford Springs Resort is celebrating "Pi Day" on March 14th by offering a trio of mini pies: a Shoofly pie, a Crack pie and an Apple pie. Omni Bedford Springs Resort & Spa is situated in Bedford, PA in the Southern Allegheny Mountains of the scenic, south-central Pennsylvania region about 2 ½ hours from Washington D.C.

- Pi Day is the day that commemorates the mathematical constant π (pi) which is the ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter (abbreviated to 3.14).


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