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Scaredy-Cat Pie

Scaredy-Cat Pie

Recipe shared by:Duncan Hines

Say, “Boo!” and this cat may jump right off your pie! Using Halloween-themed cookie cutters is a great way to make personal-sized pies even more fun this time of year. Best of all, you can use your favorite Duncan Hines® Comstock® Pie Filling.

  • Hands-on Time: 25 Minutes
  • Total Time: 60 Minutes
  • Servings: 4 5-inch pies
  • Difficulty: INTERMEDIATE

Ingredients

Baking Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 425°F.
  • Unroll pie crusts onto work surface. Press crust into 5-inch foil pie pans and cut away the excess.
  • Fill pies with about 1/2 cup of pie filling.
  • Using a foil pie pan as a guide, cut out 4 top pie crusts.
  • Using a cat-shaped cookie cutter, cut out 4 cats from scrap pie dough. Place one on each pie crust.
  • Lightly beat the egg with a dash of milk. Brush egg and milk mixture onto the edges of the pie. Place the decorated pie crust on the pie and crimp the edges. Brush the entire pie with the egg mixture.
  • Place pies on a baking sheet and bake 25 to 30 minutes or until crusts are golden brown and fruit is bubbling.
  • Baking Tip: You can use the pie crusts as is, but for a thicker crust, ball up the pie crusts and re-roll out onto work surface.

Tips & Inspirations

Pour 2-3 cups of sugar into a sealable container. Combine with the zest of one lemon, shake well and store. Lemon infused sugar can be used immediately or kept for months, just like regular sugar.

Keep brown sugar soft by adding a couple of marshmallows to the bag.

To make crystallized honey liquid again make it liquid again, place the honey jar in a container that allows water to move around it freely. Run under a hot water tap (shaking occasionally) until the crystals have melted.

Reuse jelly, pickle or mason jars to keep your cupcake liners and icing tips clean and collected.

Whenever grating chocolate on a cheese grater always hold the chocolate cube with the palm of your hand not your fingertips. This method will protect your finger tips from getting nicked.

If there are nuts in your dessert, always try to garnish with the nut that is in the mixture. This is a way to inform your guests that are sensitive to certain foods.

When dusting items with powdered sugar always dust them on a piece of wax paper away from the final display to prevent dusting outside the intended area. The excess powdered sugar is collected by the paper and easily transferred to a storage container.

You may use fresh or bottled lime juice when a recipe calls for key lime juice.

You may substitute these fats instead of oil, but you’ll have to melt it and then measure in its liquid form. Use the exact amount specified in the recipe. Also, remember to cool it down before adding it to your favorite mix.

Butter is the best fat for flavor and appearance. Soften at room temperature before you need to use it.

Check oven temperature with a reliable oven thermometer to be sure it is accurate. Adjust temperature if necessary.

Ever notice how bananas or apples darken after being sliced? To keep your fruit garnish looking fresh, try dipping them in diluted lemon juice.

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