Introduction: Octopus Pie

Scary Yummy Apple Butter Pumpkin Pie !!!! I must say preparing the pie was not so much work, as was making the octopus, but then again we do not get to do it always :)

Step 1: Ingredients and Steps to Prepare Apple Butter

Ingredients required :

  • Apples - 3 medium any type
  • Brown Sugar - 1/2 cup
  • Water - 1/4 cup
  • Ground cinnamon - 1/4 tsp heaped
  • Ground Nutmeg - 1/8 tsp
  • Ground cloves - 1/8 tsp
  • Lemon Juice - 1 tsp

Steps required :

  • Peel and chop the apples.
  • Place all the ingredients in a pressure cooker, mix, put the lid and let it cook for 10 minutes(4 vissels).
  • Once the steam evaporates from the cooker, open the lid. The apples were already in the form of paste, so i did not need to mash it. Very little liquid was left in the cooker, so I cooked it for another 5 minutes to thicken it.
  • Let it cool, store it in a airtight container and refrigerate it till required.

Step 2: Steps to Prepare Pumpkin Puree

  • Wash a small Sugar Pumpkin or Pie Pumpkin very well
  • Cut the top which holds the stem of the Pumpkin and cut the pumpkin into half
  • Remove the seeds and strings well (Do not throw the seeds as the seeds can be used so many ways)
  • In a pressure cooker pour 1 inch water, place the pumpkin pieces, put the lid and let it cook for 10 minutes (1 vissel)
  • Once the steam settles, open the cooker lid, remove the skin of the pumpkin which comes off easily, mix well with a spoon and place in refrigerator till needed.

Step 3: Ingredients and Steps to Prepare Pie Crust

Ingredients required :

  • All purpose Flour - 2.5 cup
  • Powdered Sugar - 0.67 cup
  • Salt - 1/2 tsp
  • Butter - 1 cup, very cold cut in small chunks
  • Ice Water - 5 tbsp

Steps required :

  • Cut the cold butter into small cubes and keep aside
  • In a large bowl + All purpose flour + powdered sugar + salt - Mix well
  • Add butter to above mixture and with the help of finger tips mix the butter into the flour till the butter becomes pea sized
  • I moved the mixture to a flat based bowl so that i could mix the mixture well
  • Add Ice cold water little by little till you are able to gather the mixture into a ball
  • Divide the dove into 2 parts, as one is for the base and another is for making the Octopus
  • Wrap the pie doves in 2 separate plastic wraps and place in fridge for 30 minutes
  • After 30 minutes roll out one part of the dove to 1/4 inch width and carefully place it onto a pie pan or tart pan
  • With a fork make dots on the pie crust so it does not fluff once baked
  • Place in fridge till needed

Step 4: Ingredients and Steps to Prepare Apple Butter Pumpkin Pie

Ingredients required:

  • Pumpkin Puree - 1 cup
  • Condensed Milk - 1 cup
  • Apple Butter - 1 cup
  • I 9" pie crust, fitted in a 9" pie plate
  • Salt - 1/4 tsp
  • Eggs - 2
  • Ground Nutmeg - 1/4 tsp
  • Ground Cinnamon - 1 tsp
  • Ground Ginger - 1/2 tsp
  • Ground Cloves - 1/4 tsp

Steps required :

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees
  • In a large bowl, combine together all remaining ingredients. Pour in the pie crust and bake it for 15 minutes
  • Reduce the heat to 350 and continue to bake for another 30 to 40 minutes or until no longer jiggly in the center
  • Allow to cool at room temperature for about an hour, then pop it in the fridge to cool completely

Step 5: Steps to Design and Bake Octopus

  • Take the other half of the Pie Crust
  • Remove a small piece and make an oblong shape for the face. On the top make 4 peaks with finger tips to give an uneven head
  • For the outer part of eyes, take very little dove and roll it into a strip and place on the face and with finger tips give it a sharp outer look
  • Flour the surface of the kitchen top and roll out the remaining dove into thin sheet and cut long strips with knife and then on one side of each strip, make zig zag cuts.
  • For the beard, in the thin sheet, cut thin long uneven triangles
  • On a baking sheet, spray oil, place the head and beard and tuck in all the thin long strips below the head.
  • Bake for 10-15 minutes on 400F
  • Let it cool completely

Step 6: Presenting the Pie

  • Cut a red/black grape into quarters and place 2 quarters inside the 2 holes on the face,representing the eyes
  • Place the whole Octopus on top of the pie and we are done :)
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