Yeah, I think this is vegan.
Step 1: Forage like early man...
You will need:
Pre-made pie crusts
a can of Cherry pie filling
an egg to use as a glaze
optional for deocration:
a blueberry or something like a
crushed nuts of any variety
grape jelly or food coloring if desired to play around with coloring the pie crust
You can use any kind of pie dish to form the creature and bake in the oven.
CAUTION: Know how to operate your kitchen appliances, be careful with using sharp implements, know how to work with gas, clean up after yourself. If you can't stand the fn heat, get out of the fn kitchen.
Step 2: Prep the pan
Mis en place. French for get your
You dough should be chilled from the refrigerator and defrosted if it was previously frozen.
I am using an aluminum pie tin. It is just bent in that shape so I could fit my other pies on the same cookie sheet in the oven.
You just need one high side to help form the possum pie.
Take a stick of butter and rub it on the pan. It will help keep the crust from sticking to the pan after it is baked.
I guess some people would do it with bacon grease. Oh well.
Step 3: Beastly goings on...
Place one edge of the crust up against the side of the pie tin.
Fold it in half like a calzone to judge how much you need to fill with pie filling.
Fill with cherry pie filling.
Fold over and start crimping the edges around the top. You may need to wet the edge with a bit of water so it will stick.
Start forming into a possum shape.
Make a pointy nose and drape the tail over the edge of the pie tin.
Take a piece of dough that will form the hindquarters and a leg.
Put a spoonful of filling on the dough piece and attach to the main body.
Repeat to form the front legs.
Step 4: Stick a fork in it...
Use a fork to give the body a hairy texture by scratching lines into it. You can use shredded coconut or crushed nuts to add that hairy texture of the possum.
Use a fork to detail the mouth. You can poke through in some areas to give it vent holes for the pie to give off excess steam.
I brushed it with some excess pie filling sauce and some grape jelly hoping it would give it some color. There is a slight tint but real food coloring would have worked better to give it a more grayish fur look.
Beat an egg with a bit of water to thin it out. Brush over the pie.
Bake in an oven at 350 degrees F for about 30 minutes, depending on the size of the catch. Keep an eye on it so it doesn't burn. The pie filling may ooze over and make a mess so use a cookie tray as a drip pan. It makes it easier to get the pie out of the oven too.
Decide how to slice it and fight over who gets the best part. Serve a la mode with some ice cream or additional whipped cream.