It’s a pie, decorated to look like an owl:
More specifically, this is a pumpkin pie decorated to look like an owl.
This isn’t, of course, an attempt to create a pumpkin spice and owl hybrid: it’s merely a pumpkin pie decorated to look like an owl.
The filling of this pie started out as an actual pie pumpkin: no canned pumpkin involved in this particular pie.
I washed, seeded, and chopped the pie pumpkin. Then I steamed it and pureed it with an immersion blender.
For the pie, I, basically, used this recipe – minus the pecans.
I played around with the spices – more cloves – a bit. And I used vanilla sugar in place of about half of the total sugar. Vanilla sugar – which used to be somewhat difficult to find – has seemed as of late to be available at a certain large bulk food chain. I’m a fan.
I made a batch of pie pastry dough using this recipe.
This is what the pie looked like when it first came out of the oven:
The decoration – which I chose to do in the form of an owl – is extra pastry dough that I baked separately on a cookie sheet. I cut a few of the pieces – such as the eyes – with cookie cutters. I cut the rest of the pieces freehand with a paring knife.
Pumpkin pie filling always seems to remain somewhat moist on top, so the pastry pieces I made for decoration pretty much just stuck to the pie without any additional effort, pressure, or ingredients.
And, of course, I set aside the pumpkin seeds for roasting – with a little bit of olive oil, salt, and ground white pepper.