Introduction: The Pumpkin Horror Pie
For this pumpkin theme, I've decided to bake a pumpkin pie! But this isn't just your usual pie, its a pumpkin patch pie come to life! Have you been wanting to make an easy stepped pie with a little extra life? If so, this recipe is a must!
'The Pumpkin Horror Pie' has a lot of elements to go with, from a pumpkin patch with a grave yard on top, to a whole entire glow up pie, young or old, serves up to 8 people, this will be a pie you won't forget!
Follow my Intructable guide and you definitely will not regret it! Have fun and enjoy with anyone when finished! :)
Step 1: Ingredients and Utensils
The Ingredients you will be needing (they will be measured in cups and teaspoons):
For the pie crust:
- 1 and1/4 cup flour
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1/3 cup unsalted butter (at room temperature)
- 1/4 cup water
- Beans (if not beans then pie weights)
The pie filling:
- 1 can of pumpkin puree
- 1 can of sweet and condensed milk
- 4 eggs (3 yolk only)
- 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp. x2 ginger
- 1/4 tsp. x2 nutmeg
- 1 cup flour (this flour can be all purpose too)
- 1 stick of unsalted butter (at room temperature, cut into pieces)
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 2 egg yolks
- A splash vanilla extract
- 3/4 tsp. salt
- 3/4 tsp. baking soda
- pumpkin cookie cutters
- Orange and black icing
- Piping tip (if you do not have these then you can use a zip lock bag to make from what you have!)
- Long glow sticks (this part is optional)
- Measuring tools (tsp. and cups)
- Rubber spatula
- Fork, Knives and a spoon
- Pie tray/pan
- Rolling pin
- Zip lock bags
- Aluminum foil
- A couple of big bowls
- A whisk
- Cookie sheet
- Parchment paper
- Cutting board
Step 2: The Pie Crust!
- Start with getting all of your ingredients and tools, the tools are: A Rubber spatula, Whisk, Pie tray/pan, Rolling pin, Cutting board, Zip lock bag, Aluminum foil, and a big bowl.
- In your big bowl combined the flour and salt, then take your whisk (or spatula) and give it a mix. (Make sure its all incorporated). Then go ahead and add your butter into the flour mixture.
- After that, go in with your hands and mix until you see evenly distributed clumps of flour and butter.
- Next you will need your water and a fork. Put in some water, a little at a time, pour, then mix with your fork, the repeat these steps until you have big clumps that you are able to work with. (What I mean by this is that there shouldn't be any dry spots). Roll your dough creation into a ball, it should be moist and not too sticky, around the consistency of Play-Doh.
- But before you start handling the dough, you need to let it rest. Get your plastic bag and place the dough inside, leave it in the fridge overnight. (or if your impatient like me you could leave it in there for 2 hours)
- Place your cutting board on your counter and flour it so your flour doesn't stick as much. Place your dough on the board and just pat it down. Spread some flour on it, and now take your rolling pin and start rolling then turning (So you start making an almost-like-circle) and the eventually flouring. If there are cracks (which there eventually might be) just pinch the dough together and your ready to roll again! (Make sure you maintain a circle shape will rolling and turning, I have made this mistake before and its fine as long as it fits into the pie try, which we will be talking about in the next step :)
- Once your done rolling out your dough, and its not to thick or thin, take your pie pan (in this case I'm using a tray) and place it the right way up on top of your dough (again we are testing if the dough will fit also to see if we have extra or less dough) if the dough base is wider then the rim of the pie pan then that means it is perfect, however if its to short you can try rolling it out more (not too much) or make another batch :(
- Now that it is all rolled and handled with, we need to place the dough into the tray! For this technique, you need to roll the dough onto the pin, then find your tray and start unrolling, while at the same time keeping it centered on the tray. Now you want to gently push in the dough so that it is touching the bottom circle edges. Now just trim the extra dough (if you have any) and now we start shaping and making it look more of a pie sort of. There are many ways to design the rim of your pie but the way I do it is really easy and is called the pinching technique. Take your thumb and pointer finger (do the same with your right hand, but use the thumb only) and start pinching it like this in the photo.
- Next its time to bake! First bring your handy dandy fork back and almost start stabbing the base of the pie so that there are tiny little holes, you want to do this because of the steam. Now take your parchment paper and cut out a circle shape and place it in, also do the same with your foil, next add in your beans (or pie weights) into the foil. (The weights are for helping the pie keep its shape, at the same time, helping prevent any air pockets) In order to bake the pie crust, there will be another technique called 'blind baking'. You want to first bake the crust at around 218C (425F) for 10 minutes. Then remove the weights, foil, and parchment and bake at 204C (400F) for 6-7 minutes (you don't want to go beyond that) And we are done the pie crust!
Step 3: The Pumpkin Filling
- Start with getting all of your ingredients and utensils: A big bowl, a spatula, whisk, an your pie crust!
- Add in your pumpkin puree, an egg and 3 yolks. Then begin whisking your mixture until it is all incorporated.
- Now add your sweet and condensed milk, and give that a whisk too.
- Next add in your spices,1/2 tsp. cinnamon,1/4 tsp. ginger, and 1/4 tsp. nutmeg, and 1/4 tsp salt.
- Finally, pour in your filling into the pie crust, make sure there aren't any bubbles, then bake it at 220C (425F) for 15 minutes, then at 180C (350F) for 30 minutes.
- Lastly pull it out of the oven and let it cool and now we are onto the next step!
Step 4: Sugar Cookies
- (This part is completely optional, wither you want a normal pie, or if you want to add the extra then go ahead!) First you will need to gather all of your ingredients and utensils: A big bowl, a spatula (or an electric mixer), whisk, Zip lock bag, rolling pin, pumpkin shaped cookie cutters (I'm using a knife to make out of what I have), a knife, cookie tray, parchment paper, etc.
- Get you bowl and add in the butter and sugar then slowly mix. (with whatever tool you have I'm going to be using a spatula because I do not have an electric mixer, also go in with your hands if you have too, again were trying to make this really easy):)
- Make sure the mixture is soft, moist and fluffy. (if you do not see that then maybe try mixing more)
- Now add in your eggs, splash of vanilla extract, salt, and give that another good mix.
- After that add in your baking soda and flour, and give that another mix. (if you are using an electric mixer then stop here and start using a spatula to evenly incorporate, also not to make a flour mess, if your dough is looking very thin, then try adding more flour)
- Now that your dough is done, shape it and put it in the fridge to chill for 2 hours.
- After its done chilling, get your cutting board and spread some flour on it, and start rolling, doing the same process as the pie crust rolling.
- Finally, gather your cookie cutters and start making and shaping the cookies however you would like, I am doing a pumpkin patch grave yard, here in this picture I couldn't find a cookie cutter shaped like a graveyard stone, so I got creative and used a knife to make out the shape I wanted.
- After your done shaping out your cookies, get your cookie tray and place a long piece of parchment paper on it, now of course place your cookies on.
- First chill them for 20 minutes then go ahead and put your cookies into the oven at 180C (350F) for 10-12 minutes.
- Pull them out of the oven and let them cool off for the next step!
Step 5: Decorating!
- After your cookies are done cooling, gather the things you need for decorating!
- Start decorating however you would like, here are pictures of what I decided to do
- I did the outer part of the cookies then let then harden a little and came back on the inside, for the stem of the pumpkin I used black frosting.
- Now either place them on the pie or however you would like it, if not, try using them as a decoration piece when you go to take pictures of your beautiful pie!
- After your done your cookie decorating, grab you glow sticks and get them all ready to go and arrange like this on the pie rim, and on the bottom (again, this part is optional)
Step 6: Enjoy!
Now that you have finished your pie, turn the lights off, take pictures and start your spooky Thanksgiving or Halloween with this easy crust from scratch-glow in the dark Pumpkin horror pie!
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