What do 3.14159 and March 14 have in common? Pi(e) Day! Put down your calculators, grab a fork and dig into this delectable apple pi pie-tart from Todd Owen, executive pastry chef at the Omni Grove Park Inn in Asheville, N.C.


  • 3 granny smith apples
  • 1 Cup butter
  • 2 Cup granulated sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 Teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2.5 Cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 Cup butter, very cold and cubed
  • 1 Teaspoon salt
  • 1 Teaspoon sugar
  • 8 Tablespoon water, ice cold


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  1. Prep the apples by peeling, coring and slicing into large slices
  2. Cube the butter to layer the bottom of a large pan and top with sugar
  3. Sprinkle spices over sugar and top with the prepared apples
  4. On a stove, place pan of apples over high heat until butter is melted and sugar is saturated
  5. Once sugar starts to turn a light caramel color, stir and toss the apples to keep from burning the bottom
  6. Apple will become soft and a light caramel color
  7. Remove apples from the pan and let cool
  8. Using a 10 inch cake pan lined with parchment paper, fill with the apples arranging them to resemble a fan pattern
  9. Bake apples for 25 minutes in a 350F oven 
  10. Once baked let cool slightly and place in the cooler to set, approximately 3 hours


  1. Place all ingredients except for water in a food processor and pulse until butter is ground into small lumps
  2. Remove from processor and place on a clean work surface
  3. Slowly add all the water while kneading to create a dough. Do not over work.
  4. Let the pie crust rest in the cooler for 1 hour before rolling
  5. Once chilled, dust your work surface with flour and roll out pie crust to ¼ inch thick
  6. Cut rolled dough into a 10 inch circle and place on a lined baking tray; brush top of dough with milk
  7. Bake at 350 for approximately 18-20 minutes to create a nice golden brown color
  8. With the remaining dough you have the option to make decorative pieces for baking to enhance your final product
  9. Set baked pie crust aside and reserve for assembly

To Assemble: 

  1. Once the apples have cooled and set, heat up pan slightly to help release apples and place on prepared crust
  2. Top your apple pie with sweetened whipped cream or your favorite toppings