Let it Snow!
I was singing when I made this pie. It was a heavy blizzard outside and that is where my inspiration partially came from. It was to be a gift for a friend that works on snowmobile engines. Since we have not had a lot of snow this year - I thought he might enjoy this pie.
As you can tell I have a lot of plunger cutters. But, some of the shapes do not have detail as well. I like to use a mixture of both. The snowman in place of the O in snow was a little tricky. I found that the sprinkles stayed in place if I added my egg wash before I placed them on the shape. Also, too much egg wash results in runny coloured sprinkles.
The red on the letters is red colour dust from LorAnn Oils. I found that it rubs on pie dough really well. A dust applied to the top also helps the dough from being over mixed and hard. It is nice as it does not make waste by having to pre colour dough. The snowman's hat was originally red, but I didn't like it. I changed the colour to black by painting black gel food colour directly on top of the colour dust.
Once the snowflakes were in place I added an egg wash over them. This helps them to stay in place. The letters are egg washed before placing them on the pie. The red will run if you brush them on the pie. The egg wash needs to be added evenly and with no puddles.
The pie was baked at 350 F for 55 minutes.
The recipe for the blueberry filling:
1 600 gram bag of frozen blueberries, thawed. (1.32 pounds)
1 cup sugar
1/3 cup Instant Clear Jel
1/4 tsp salt
Combine the sugar, Instant Clear Jel, and salt. Add it to the blueberries and stir until everything is incorporated. There should be no sugar mixture at the bottom of the bowl.
Instant Clear Jel is available from Kauffman's Fruit Farm. http://www.kauffmansfruitfarm.com/standard/search?q=instant clear jel