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Bacon Cherry Pie for Pi Day

This Pi Day is a day my math and geek friends like me have been waiting years for. If you're not in the know, Pi is

the symbol used in mathematics to represent a constant — the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter — which is approximately 3.14159. - PiDay.org

Pi Day is celebrated on March 14th (3/14) every year, but this year is special because the date and time match up with the digits of Pi - 3/14/15 9:26 am/pm. Literally, this won't happen for another 100 years. I actually have friends who are gathering for Pi Parties, and the food of choice is pie, of course. What other food would we use to celebrate Pi Day but pie?

Since this is an extra special Pi Day, I thought I'd make an extra special pie: the Bacon Cherry Pie. Two years ago, Jack told me he wanted nothing more for his birthday than a bacon cherry pie, so I made it for him because it was his birthday and that's what he wanted. I know it sounds weird, but trust me when I say that it was awesome. It tasted like an amazing Saturday morning breakfast. You'll definitely want to eat this pie warm so the bacon grease is melted. Just grab a fork and dig in!

Bacon Cherry Pie 
5 cups cherries
2/3 cups sugar
1/4 cup cornstarch
10 pieces bacon
2 Tbls cinnamon sugar
Double pie crust

Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees. 
Mix cherries, sugar, and cornstarch together. Let sit for 20 minutes. 
Line pie plate with a pie crust. 
Give cherry mixture a final stir and dump into pie crust. 
Make a lattice with 9-10 pieces of bacon. 
Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar. 
Cover with foil and bake 15 minutes. 
Lower oven temperature to 350 and bake one hour. 
Uncover and bake another 15 min to crisp bacon.
Let pie rest so the juices firm up, but serve while warm.

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