OCTO-PIE or Octopus Blueberry Pie


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OCTO-PIE or Octopus Blueberry Pie
I wish I could take credit for this idea, or even the name someone pegged this with. Both were found floating around on Facebook. I can only take credit for baking one of these in a Dutch Oven using charcoal. For all I know that has already been done. The pie I happened to see before attempting this only had a photo and no recipe. So I set off to try and produce the pie. I also wanted my own photo of the trophy…dish… in this case. Blueberries were used to create the desired contrast for the photo. Any fruit pie would work. The one I saw, I assume had used blueberries for the eyes. I happened to have a partial left over jar of Maraschino Cherries. The remainder of a jar left over from baking a Pineapple upside down cake in a Dutch Oven. The recipe I provide here was done in a Dutch Oven as well. This pie was baked in a glass 9 inch pie dish, raised up off the bottom of a 12 inch, deep style, Cast Iron Dutch oven, via an inverted second pie tin. Several layers of aluminum foil were put in on top of the pie tin prior to placing the glass pie plate containing the raw pie. The foil left long enough to go up the sides. The foil can be folded over in case the top starts browning too fast, but is mostly to assist in lifting out the pie once baking is complete. Enough coals to create 400° heat. In our case, 9 coals on the bottom, and 19 on the top lid. All coals arranged at the far perimeter of the bottom, and the lid.
Course DESSERT, PASTRY
Prep Time 30 Minutes
Cook Time 40 Minutes
Passive Time 1 Hour
Servings
Pie
Ingredients
Pie (Crust & Filling)
Egg Wash
Course DESSERT, PASTRY
Prep Time 30 Minutes
Cook Time 40 Minutes
Passive Time 1 Hour
Servings
Pie
Ingredients
Pie (Crust & Filling)
Egg Wash
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat Dutch Oven or Kitchen Oven to 400°
  2. Brush both sides of one uncooked pie crust with the egg wash mixture. Lightly grease Pie plate. Place the one Pie crust in the pie plate, up the sides, and trim off excess. (Save all trimmed pieces)
  3. Spread the Pie filling evenly over the bottom crust. Next spread the fresh blueberries over the filling (remember to save back 2 for the eyes, and about 10 for the brains 🙁 . If you are using Cherries for the eyes and brains, spread all the fresh blueberries on the filling.
  4. Brush both sides of the second uncooked pie crust and lay out on cutting board. Cut an upper main body with short tentacles. Cut a 2nd main body without tentacles. Using these dough 2 parts, sandwich cherries (or some of the fresh blueberries) to in effect become brains, as well as creating fill to form a raised 3D head. Seal the bottom dough to the top dough around the edge using the egg white solution. The tentacle half, is the top. Save back 2 cherries or 2 fresh blueberries to create the eyes. With a circle of dough larger than the cherry/blueberry fold the dough over the berry and lightly pinch to create an eye. Use egg wash to attach these eyes to the head. Keep this whole head/eye unit on the cutting board.
  5. Using other dough scraps, cut long tentacles, and snip along one long side (Or use pinking shears). Arrange these with a twist to make interesting looking Octopus tentacles that start somewhere in the, to be, head area. Extend them down to the very edge of the pie surface. Once those legs are in place use a spatula to gently lift head unit off the cutting board and into position on the pie. The head should cover the upper ends of the in place tentacles.
  6. Bake at 400° for 30 minutes and then check the browning. Cover with foil if excessive browning of the upper crust is occurring. Then bake another 10 minutes for a total bake time of 40 minutes, or until crust is golden brown.
  7. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream. Oh yeah!!
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APPLE CREAM CHEESE DANISH PASTRY

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APPLE CREAM CHEESE DANISH PASTRY RECIPE
This Apple Cream Cheese Danish Recipe can be used in your home oven. Or easily adaptable for use in a Dutch Oven by cutting the pastry in half to fit in two Dutch Ovens.
Prep Time 30 Minutes
Cook Time 30 Minutes
Passive Time 30 Minutes
Servings
Servings
Ingredients
PASTRY
ICING
Prep Time 30 Minutes
Cook Time 30 Minutes
Passive Time 30 Minutes
Servings
Servings
Ingredients
PASTRY
ICING
Instructions
  1. Pastry Prep Pre-heat oven to 375°F
  2. Lay out frozen Puff Pastry on a greased or spray oiled sheet of aluminum foil. Allow it to mostly thaw and come to room temperature. Spread the ½ Stick of soft butter over the entire top surface. Use more butter if necessary.
  3. Dump the entire can of apple pie filling on the Puff Pastry. This has to be roughly down the middle of the long dimension. Prior to baking you will be folding the pastry dough in half to create a 8x24 baking dimension. Do not fold yet! Keep the filling about 1 inch away from all edges.
  4. Spread the filling the best you can over half the puff pastry avoiding the edges.
  5. Mix the Sugar, Cinnamon, and salt together. Sprinkle that sugar mixture over the apple filling.
  6. I use (4) 1 oz foil packs of cream cheese for the next step. You could cut a softened 8 oz brick of cream cheese as an alternative. Nothing says you can't use 8 oz and use up the cream cheese. In my case I lay a 4 oz ribbon of cream cheese down the center of the filling from side to side.
  7. Once the pastry is completely thawed and foldable without cracking, fold the pastry over the top of the filling on to itself to create a pocket. Use a fork to seal the top dough to the bottom dough on both ends and the long edge.
  8. Cut some vent strips through the top of the Puff Pastry using a wet sharp knife.
  9. Slip the aluminum foil onto a cookie sheet. Bake in a preheated 375°F for approximately 30 minutes or until golden brown and flaky.
  10. Once baked slide the pastry and foil off the hot cookie sheet onto a wire rack to cool.
  11. Icing Prep
  12. While the pastry is baking prepare the icing. Mix the softened butter, orange juice, and vanilla together in a small but kind of deep bowl. Using a spoon, start beating small amounts of powdered sugar in by hand.
  13. Continue adding and beating in powdered sugar until you obtain a desired stiff, but pipe-able icing. Adjust to taste. If adding any additional liquid, do so in very small amounts. Then beat in additional sugar to get a stiff consistency.
  14. I then move the icing into a quart sized freezer zip lock. Snip one of the corners off with scissors, and this becomes a disposable piping bag.
  15. Once the baked pastry has cooled some, pipe the icing across the top.
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