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Pi(e) Day winning recipe: Mascarpone Peach

Harrison's winning Mascarpone Pie obliterated the competition.

On Monday we celebrated March 14th in the traditional manner: with pi(e).

There were 18 entrants in our Iron Chef Pi Day battle, and after much joyful eating--and then napping--the votes were counted. The winner wasn't the Elvis pie (bacon, peanut butter, and chocolate graham), the Irish Explosion pie (chocolate jello, green jello, and Lucky Charms pictured to the right), or the French Toast pie (you can guess the ingredients).

No, fruit beat out bacon! The winner was Harrison's Mascarpone Peach, which, he notes, can include laxatives if it's "that kind" of office party. (He spared us.)

Mascarpone Peach Tart

25 gingersnap cookies, coarsely broken (about 6 ounces; about 2 1/4 cups pieces)
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, melted

1 8-ounce container mascarpone cheese
6 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
1/4 cup sour cream
1/4 cup sugar
1 tablespoon grated lemon peel
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon finely chopped crystallized ginger

4 to 5 small nectarines, halved, pitted, cut into thin slices
1/4 cup peach jam, warmed
2 tablespoons finely chopped crystallized ginger

Make the crust:
Preheat oven to 350F. Finely grind gingersnaps in processor. Add butter and blend until crumbs are evenly moistened. Press mixture over bottom and up sides of 9-inch-diameter tart pan with removable bottom. Bake crust until color darkens, pressing sides with back of spoon if beginning to slide, about 8 minutes. Cool completely.

Make the filling:
Beat first 6 ingredients in medium bowl until smooth. Beat in crystallized ginger. Spread filling in prepared crust. Cover loosely and refrigerate at least 2 hours and up to 1 day.

Overlap nectarine slices atop filling in concentric circles. Brush with jam. Sprinkle with chopped crystallized ginger. Serve, or refrigerate up to 6 hours.

Enjoy, pie-nauts! We may also celebrate Tau Day--an alternate, "one turn" approach to our favorite circular constant--on June 28th with tortes but we won't forget Pi Day. 'Cause if loving math and pastry is wrong, we don't want to be right.

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meaningless icon! This looks fantastic and I can't wait to try it out.
Kattalyne said this 2715 days ago.
meaningless icon! So....the peach pie is made with nectarines?
lisachrist said this 2715 days ago.
meaningless icon! I also made a gingersnap crust for my pie! The only difference was that I included some ground pecans as well. This pie looks awesome.
Sadpear said this 2715 days ago.
meaningless icon! Mmmmm....pie. My school was SUPPOSED to serve pie at 1:59.....but everyone was going home by then. :( I celebrated with homemade sugar cookies instead, so it wasn't a total loss.
TheWordMaster said this 2715 days ago.
meaningless icon! Wait, π-nauts? Shouldn't it be π-rates?
Kung Fu Ganda said this 2715 days ago.
meaningless icon! lisachrist, of course the peach pie was made with nectarines! Whoever heard of a nectarine pie? Heck, probably no one could even spell it... they keep leaving the final "e" off, and while I can never remember more than the first few digits, I know Pi doesn´t end in 'peach'. In fact, I hope pie never ends at all!* [I´d have mixed some of the crystallized ginger, very finely chopped, into the lower crust as well, but then, I'm a fan of ginger.] *A little-known fact: if you trim a centimetre or so from the crust of the very tip of the point of a slice of pie before you begin to eat it and then wait a bit over 30 seconds, all the calories will have drained out of the slice. That way, you can eat as much as you like without risking weight-gain.
ThePadre said this 2711 days ago.
meaningless icon! MMMMM.... We're coming up on peach season here in the Carolinas. Looks like I will have to destroy my waistline with this.. And I can see Nectarines.. They basically have the same taste and texture, you just don't have to worry about the fuzz on the skin if you use nectarines..
ladypyrate said this 2709 days ago.
meaningless icon! Duh, of course Peaches and Nectarines have the same taste and texture!! Nectarines are just peaches with a recessive gene. Wow, I'm on the ball today. LOL!
ladypyrate said this 2709 days ago.
meaningless icon! Tau Day is fun..... but Towel Day is even better-and closer! (May 25, to be exact!) That's only 57 days!!!
TheWordMaster said this 2701 days ago.

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