Colorful Gifts for a Pie-fect Holiday
Thanksgiving was wonderful. I made four pies, two pumpkin, a cranberry, and a coconut cream topped with many inches of whipped cream. It was so much fun to see the pies nearly all eaten up with just a piece or two left over for breakfast, and what could be better than a piece for the day after turkey day. 🙂
I decorated my pumpkin pies this year with leaves I cut out with cookie cutters and painted with edible food gels. I baked them up separately on a parchment covered sheet pan at 375F for 10-12 minutes, and let them cool on a rack before setting them on top of the pie.
Hint: If you have a crack or two in the top of your pumpkin pie after after it has baked and cooled, just cover them up with little leaves. No one will ever know. 😉 Of course little cutouts are fun on the top of any pie, and fun for kids for all ages to make…and eat!
How To Do It
I learned how to make these colorful leaves from Renee Jurgens Goerger. Here are her directions:
“In a small bowl, make an egg wash of 1 egg, 2 tablespoons water, and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract. Divide the egg wash evenly between five small dishes or paper cups. Add 3-4 drops of gel food color (red, orange, green, yellow, brown) to each of the dishes, and use a fork to mix the colors thoroughly in the egg wash. Use a clean paint brush to liberally, and with utter abandon, “paint” each leaf. *Note – It’s best to start with yellow as painting yellow over another color will not work. As we all know, no two leaves are perfect or ever the same, so go at this with a sense of fun and don’t worry about perfection.”
What You’ll Need
Here’s what you’ll need to make and paint those leaves, or jingle bells, or stars, or whatever your heart desires!
The recipe for the pumpkin pie is right here for you and of course it’s in Art of the Pie which makes a great gift for pie makers, pie eaters, and pie seekers…you know, the ones who have a life quest of finding the perfect piece!
Ready. Set. Let’s Get Creative!
Ready? Everything can be delivered right to your home so you can make cookies and creative pie tops for holiday gift giving and baking. Have fun!