This year celebrate Earth Day with a delicious Tree of Life Pie!
The beautiful symbol of Animal Kingdom that celebrates all living creatures honors animals and the place they all share in the great Circle of Life. Did you know this tree is 145 feet tall and feature over 300 animals carved into it? Awesome right?
So what better symbol to have on this delicious pie then the Tree of Life and celebrate the magic of nature with your family and friends!
Making it is super easy, all you have to do is follow this easy recipe:
TREE OF LIFE PIE
- Dough for double crust pie
- Bench flour
- 3 cups of fruit pie filling, prepared
- Dough for single crust pie, for tree and animal decorations
- Green and brown gel food coloring
- 1-2 tsp of clear alcohol, for diluting the food coloring
- Rolling pin
- 9 inch pie plate
- Precision knife
- Foil or pie crust shield, optional
- Mini round cutter
- Small food brushes
- Roll the top and bottom halves of dough to a thickness of 1/8 of an inch. If needed, use bench flour.
- Fit the bottom crust into a pie plate. Leave a 1/2 inch overhand of dough, and cut off any extra with kitchen scissors.
- Prick the bottom crust with a fork to keep it from puffing up during baking. Fill the bottom crust with the pie filling.
- Top the filling with the rolled top crust. Trim the edges of the top crust, leaving a 1/2 inch overhand of dough. Tuck the edged under and flute the edges. Use the tips of a small fork to create decorative lines on the inner side of the fluted edge.
- Roll out the dough for a single crust to a thickness of 1/8 of an inch, then use a precision knife to cut out the silhouette of the Tree of Life. You can do this freeform, or by printing an image and using it as a template. You will want the tree to be approximately 6-7 inches to fit in the middle of the pie.
- Collect the scraps and save for later. Use the precision knife and a sharp knife to impress lines on the trunk of the tree.
- Preheat the oven to 425F. Place the tree cut out on top of the pie. Bake the pie for 20 minutes, then reduce the heat to 400F and bake for an additional 30 minutes, or until the pie is golden brown. If the edges start to get too brown during baking, cover it with a strip of foil or a pie crust shield.
- Re-roll the scraps from the single crust to create leaves and any critters. Here, i’ve chosen to cut out the shape of an owl using a precision knife. Use a toothpick to impress the critter’s eyes and features. Create leaves using a mini round cutter, then use a precision knife to impress veins in the leaves. Bake at 375F for 5-8 minutes until the pieces are just baked.
- In two small bowls, dilute the green and brown food colorings with a small amount of alcohol to thin them out. Use small food brushes to apply the color to the baked leaves and critter.
- After the pie has cooled completely, plaint the canopy green and the trunk brown.
- Attach the pie crust leaves to the canopy and critter to the trunk using small dabs of honey. Apply each dab with the tip of a toothpick.
Enjoy and happy Earth Day!
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