Introduction: How to Make a Vampie

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Whether you're a Twilight fan or just into all things gory, here's how to make a vampiric pie that your guests would love to sink their fangs, er, teeth into. Fresh strawberries are the "bloody" base for this sinful sweet!

Step 1: Make the Crust

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Ingredients For A One-Crust Pie (10 inches)

1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup vegetable shortening
1 to 4 tablespoons cold water.

Preheat oven to 475 degrees.

Mix flour and salt in a large bowl.

VAMPIE TIP: Double this recipe if you intend to make two pies, or if you'd like to use these for a double-crust pie.

Step 2: Cut Shortening Into Flour Mix

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Cut shortening into flour mixture.

Use two knives and a criss-crossing motion to distribute shortening throughout the mixture.

Continue until mixture breaks up into blueberry-sized pieces.

VAMPIE TIP: It helps to dice your shortening into smaller pieces before dropping them into the flour.

Step 3: Add Water, Toss With a Fork

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Sprinkle mixture with water, one tablespoon at a time, tossing with fork until all flour is moistened.

Pastry will start to clean the sides of the bowl.

VAMPIE TIP: Use the coldest water you have, and add one to two teaspoons more if the mixture's too dry.

Step 4: Gather Pastry Into a Ball

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Press mixture together gently until a ball of pastry is formed.

Transfer to a floured work surface. You're now ready to roll out your pastry.

VAMPIE TIP: If you're working with a double recipe, halve the ball into two at this point.

Step 5: Roll It Out

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With a roling pin, roll out the ball of pastry into a flattened disc.

Slowly working from the center of your pastry, roll out into a larger piece.

You know when you've rolled enough if you take your pie plate and set it gently on top, and you can see that the crust is large enough to cover the entire pie plate.

VAMPIE TIP: Freeze your rolling pin to help with rolling out the pastry. A cloth-covered rolling pin is great to use, too.

Step 6: Fold N' Move

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Carefully peel back your pastry and fold in half, then again in quarters.

Gently take the folded pastry and place into the pie plate. Position the wedge's tip somewhere towards the middle of your plate. Unfold.

VAMPIE TIP: You can reposition the pastry to make sure that it's somewhat centered with no problem. Just lift and move gently.

Step 7: Pat, Trim and Crimp

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Pat dough into the pie plate, making sure to press out any air bubbles.

Trim excess pastry dough from the edges, but leave a little to build up into your crust's edge.

You can simply tuck in the dough into a simple "wall" of dough the extends a little bit over the pie plate's edge.

You might also want to do a decorative edge by making a V-shape into the dough with your fingers. (Thumb of one hand on inside part of edge, thumb and forefinger of other hand on the outside; pinch dough._

VAMPIE TIP: You can toss the excess dough with a little cinnamon sugar to bake up into sweet treats so nothing is wasted.

Step 8: Prick All Over

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Using a fork, prick the bottom and sides of dough so air can escape through the tiny holes during baking.

Your crusts are ready to go into the oven!

Step 9: Bake 'Em

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The crusts should turn into a light brown color after 8 to 10 minutes in your 475-degree oven.

VAMPIE TIP: Expect the dough to shrink a little during baking, this is normal!

Step 10: Make the Syrup

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Ingredients For One-Pie Strawberry Syrup

1 cup white sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 3-ounce package strawberry gelatin
1 cup boiling water

In a saucepan, mix together the sugar and cornstarch (make sure to blend cornstarch in completely)

Add boiling water, and cook over medium heat until syrup thickens.

Remove from heat. Add powdered gelatin and stir until smooth.

Let mixture come to room temperature.

VAMPIE TIP: As you wait for the syrup to cool, prepare your strawberries by washing, drying and hulling them.

Step 11: Set 'Em Strawberries

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Set fresh strawberries (which have been washed and dried at this point, and the leafy ends cut off) in your baked pie shells.

Pour cooled gel mixture over the fruit.

Make sure to reserve some of the syrup for decoration.

VAMPIE TIP: Slice strawberries into smaller wedges to fill gaps in between, so you're packing all that strawberry goodness into your pie.

Step 12: A Creamy Cover

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Take some whipped cream and completely cover your pie with it. Smooth out with a spatula.

Do this gently, so you don't disturb the colored syrup-and-fruit mixture.

VAMPIE TIP: Whipped cream from a can usually deflates after some time, so if you can, try to whip the cream yourself.

Step 13: Color Me Red

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Take your reserved strawberry syrup and drop in some red food coloring. Mix thoroughly

Tweak as much as you'd like to achieve the kind of "blood" you want.

VAMPIE TIP: Use a little bit of food coloring at a time--a little goes a long way.

Step 14: Call Me Bloody

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At this point, you have two ways of decorating your pie.

"A Bloody Mess"
Take some strawberry syrup and pour a little bit on one side of the pie.

Tilt the pie plate toward you, and guide the "drips" with the tip of a knife. Gravity will help you with natural-looking drips!

You can add as much "blood" as you can stomach.

"At First Bite"
Take a chopstick and poke two "fang" holes into your pie.

Drip some syrup into the holes and make two stripes of "blood" just outside them, extending outwards to the pie's edge.

You can use the chopstick to guide the way the syrup drips.

VAMPIE NOTE: The "At First Bite" decorating idea is inspired by Baking Bites' Vampire Cupcakes.

Step 15: Slice 'Em Up

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For maximum vampiric effect, set out your pie on a black tablecloth.

Slice a wedge of pie and put this on a plate.

Drizzle some more "blood" on top.

Step 16: Bite Down

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Enjoy a slice of your Vampie as you read Twilight (for the third time!)



punkmonkey123 (author)2009-01-30

Oh please. Twilight doesn't have any vampires, only sparkly zombies.

JuJuBe1115 (author)punkmonkey1232010-07-15

How DARE you insinuate that Edward is a zombie! Don't you know how GREAT and Wonderful and SEXY zombies are?! You're just jealous that you aren't a rotting pile of flesh looking to devour all living creatures in its path! ... ... Sorry, I couldn't help mocking the Twi-tards. I would have done the whole reversed-cap and misspelled thing, but I can't push myself to that level of stupidity. Even I, in all my depravity and wise-assery, cannot go that far.

Dusk Shadows (author)JuJuBe11152012-08-08

I'm a Vampire i don't go around sparkling yeah suck that!! =P

good one.

Try that

Hehe, thats the best twilight comment i have ever seen! You sir, get 2 points.

godofal (author)punkmonkey1232010-06-28

i love that, i like the books, films are doable, but i LOVE the sparkly zombie comment XD

coppeis (author)punkmonkey1232010-01-18

yah sparkly zombies :D

planethalia (author)2012-01-13

These are such great pie crust instructions! Perfect for the pie crust impaired, like myself. One thing that would make this instructable perfect would be to have all the ingredients for the entire recipe on the first page.

OobiiboO (author)2008-09-05

sorry to break this to you but twilight is incorrect since when can vampire go in the sun and not burn vampires are compelled to suck blood and vampires can be killed in many other ways than being chopped up and burned, like a steak through the heart sorry to burst your bubble but Stephenie Meyer didnt do her research from A.T.L member Oobi

StephK703 (author)OobiiboO2008-09-09

Stephenie Meyer used her own fictional point of view to put a new spin on vampires... its just a story, or do you really believe that strongly about vampires? Sheesh get over it.

SageMinto (author)StephK7032011-02-20

I have to say I definitely agree. :D

As for this instructable; the end product looks very delicious! I'd love to try it.

OobiiboO (author)StephK7032008-09-12

Yeah yeah I know its a her own book.. But it fails. You see vampires have been bloodsucking, sun burning things. They are that way because the first one made a deal with the devil. This has been the understanding for along time and now she decides they can be loving creatures that shine in the sun. I’m sure the story is fine but I know that vampires are evil creatures.

sonaps (author)OobiiboO2008-11-02

You abide to stereotypes you have been told your entire life, when you are really only thinking about the classico European vampires. In some African and Australian cultures vampires simply had more power at night, and in others they drank blood only to heal. Know what you speak of before opening your mouth (or in this case, put your fingers on the keyboard).

MacLean (author)sonaps2009-04-13

we argue because its what humans do

zpersichetti (author)StephK7032008-11-02

hmmmm u think were not real, oh how wrong u are

garden burger (author)StephK7032008-09-30

FICTIONAL view on vampires?!?!?!?!?!? you mean they aren't real?!

dont worry about them, we are real

zpersichetti (author)OobiiboO2008-09-16

Go read Cirque Du Freak by Darren Shan he reinvents the way people think of vampires.

MacLean (author)zpersichetti2009-04-13

Damn right son!

i like that series

PeaceRabit (author)OobiiboO2008-10-25

Stephenie Meyer made explanations for it through the whole series, I remember that stuff like 'vampires burn in sunlight' was ,in the series, just another way to make humans feel better about themselves. There are many different types of "Vampires" in different cultures to, making the subject very diverse. Different cultures can change the mythology we think we know.

PeaceRabit (author)PeaceRabit2008-10-25

and it's a fictional book too.

well, how much do you think you know about us?

cg15 (author)OobiiboO2008-10-13

Sorry to burst YOUR bubble, but this is a totally different type of vampire. Myers created a new type in which she broke many of the stereotypes, but still stayed with the facts, just different reasons.

AzureKeto (author)OobiiboO2008-09-09

i have two words... party pooper! this is for "fun" ... or did you miss that meeting?


blueblur (author)OobiiboO2008-09-12

Yeah, but why waste a perfectly good steak on a vampire? Grill it instead.

aliceownsj00 (author)OobiiboO2008-09-09

I lol'd because it's true

coppeis (author)2009-01-02

i know what people are going to say but i Hated the book and movie twilight and please stop using vampier tip alot (it got anuning) but other than that great insruktible and pie i made for a hollween party (I know about the speling)

coppeis (author)coppeis2010-01-18

I speel bad :D

daltonjcw (author)2009-10-17

"   "At First Bite"
    Take a chopstick and poke two "fang" holes into your pie.  "  

                         or a crescent  :)

lizardfreedom (author)2008-09-06

oobiiboo sorry but there are some vampires called day walker that can walk in the sun and steaks dont kill vampires the paralizes them sorry

Braeburn (author)lizardfreedom2008-12-05

wouldn't a stake through the heart kill anybody?

arora-vesper (author)Braeburn2009-09-14

You would be surprised how many things a stake through the heart can kill. >.>

D!cey (author)Braeburn2009-01-08

well, apparently, they dont have a heart, so... yeah.

MacLean (author)lizardfreedom2009-04-13

which story says that? Darren Shan's Series called 'Cirque Du Freak' say anything that can kill a human, can kill a vampire. Vampires are strong, but can be killed easily and live to be 10x older than humans.

OobiiboO (author)lizardfreedom2008-09-12

you use a silver knife to remove the head after. plus day walkers aren't completely vamps.

LisaYum (author)2009-08-01

I always got a big whisk and mushed them down :]

alice cullen (author)2009-03-09

thanks! I am planing a twilight party and I think I'll make one (it will be gone in 3 seconds though...) I was looking through the Internet and there aren't a lot of twilight crafts ( mad alice party planning skills). so if you know how to make any more recipes or crafts, post it ASAP!

ItsTheHobbs (author)2008-11-23

neat! I read twilight in one day! I couldn't stop!

LadyElianna (author)2008-10-27

First of all, waay cool new twist on a strawberry pie. Especially since Halloween is just around the corner. And as for the whole stereotype about vampires being strictly bloodsucking, sun burning beings. It'd be like saying all men are pigs. Women only love to complain. Or, that all witches have warts on their noses. I for one, take offense at the last one, and I can definately tell you that I DO NOT HAVE A WART ANYWHERE ON MY LOVELY BODY!! :P

Thanks, and I don't have warts either!

SGAC (author)2008-10-13

This is SUCH a great recipe. I cheated a bit and used a pre-made refrigerated crust. Yet instead of water for the syrup, I used some strawberry cider I had on hand. The syrup had this WONDERFUL blood red color - without the food dye needed!

thegirlwithacurl (author)SGAC2008-10-15

I'd never think to use strawberry cider--great tip!

iamthemargerineman (author)2008-09-20

Just checking. i don't grease the pan? or pie tin, whatever you wanna call it?

No need for grease on the pie plate, Margarine Man! :) (There's enough shortening in the dough to ensure that it doesn't stick to the pan.)

OobiiboO (author)2008-09-12

oh and congrats on the cake it looks good lol

ArtLizard (author)2008-09-02

Just wanted to saySIMPLY WONDERFUL

macaronigirl (author)2008-08-17

Amazing as always J.! Shall we look forward to New Moon, Eclipse and Breaking Dawn pies? :P

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