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Pirates of the Caribbean Davy Jones Pie

Davey Jones Pie

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Everybody’s favorite pirate is back on the big screen with Pirates of the Caribbean Dead Men Tell No Tales. To celebrate, I decided to make an octo-PIE. For the PIE-rates. Nobody stop me!

Now, I know Davy Jones isn’t in the new movie. I know he died a long time ago. (I don’t feel bad about that spoiler because if you haven’t watched the movies by now, what are you doing?) He may not be in this movie, but he makes a pretty charming pie. Plus, there’s no way I could properly capture Jack Sparrow’s beauty in pie form. I actually have to wait to see the movie until next week because my friend is out of town and insists I wait for her return so we can go admire Johnny Depp on the big screen together. I digress.

With this dessert, I tried something new. Yes it’s me, in video form. Can you tell I feel awkward on camera? I’m working really hard to kick that feeling so I can start making a lot more videos. Because they are fun!

#Sweet: Davey Jones Pie from Mackenzie Jamieson on Vimeo.

 

As with all pies, it’s important to plan ahead. I made the filling the night before, giving it time to cool and thicken up. The pie crust has to chill for at least one hour, if not overnight. If you don’t have that kind of time, there’s always store-bought filling and pie crust. I’m not here to judge you- they do the trick!

For the decoration, I free-handed Davy Jones. Start by cutting out some long tentacles and placing them around the pie. The tentacles can be different sizes, curve different ways, be slightly twisted, or even hang over the sides. I like making desserts that are a little creepier, because they usually don’t need to be symmetrical. (Which makes the whole process way less stressful.) His head and two front tentacles are cut out all in one piece, and placed over the others. Before placing the head piece on the pie, cut out two holes for eyes. Take some spare dough and shape it around the eyes. Finally, I gave him his famous key, created with the help of some circular cookie cutters.

Davy Jones Pie Tentacles

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While you wait for the pie to bake and are enjoying the sweet smells from the oven, check out these fun facts about the film series!

Robert DiNero was originally offered the role of Jack Sparrow

Can you imagine these swashbuckling films without beautiful Johnny Depp? Personally, I don’t want to. Robert DiNero actually turned down the role of our favorite lead pirate because he thought the film would do poorly in box offices. Rude!

Kiera Knightley was 17 when the first movie was filmed

Only seventeen! I wish I looked like that at seventeen, or at any age at all. Because she was a minor, her mom had to accompany her on all the film shoots. Reportedly, Knightley felt so under-qualified for the role that she underpacked her suitcase, assuming she would be fired week one.

Johnny Depp improvised some of his most famous lines

In Dead Man’s Chest, Jack Sparrow excitedly flaunts his “Jar of Dirt,” taunting Davy Jones. This scene wasn’t in the script, and the reaction from all the actors around him are genuine. In Curse of the Black Pearl, Sparrow ends the movie with a fully improvised line- “Now, bring me that horizon.”

 

Pie Smile

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Davy Jones Blueberry Pie

Ingredients

Pie Crust

  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 4 tbsp. cornstarch
  • 1 1/2 c sugar
  • 7 c of fresh blueberries
  • 1 egg
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/4 c ice water
  • 1/4 c vegetable shortening, cubed
  • 1/4 c sugar
  • 4 1/4 c flour
  • 1 c unsalted butter, cold and cubed
  • 3 tbsp. lemon juice

Blueberry filling

    Instructions

    1. Blueberry Filling
    2. Put all the filling ingredients (except for the lemon juice) into a large saucepan over medium high heat.
    3. Using a fork or a potato masher, combine all the ingredients and lightly smash the berries.
    4. Continue to stir mixture over medium heat until the blueberry pie filling begins to thicken up.
    5. Set the heat to low and allow to simmer for about 5-10 minutes.
    6. Add in the lemon juice.
    7. Transfer the filling to another contain and allow to cool completely before using.

    Pie

    1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, salt, and sugar.
    2. Using either a food processor or your hands, incorporate the cold butter and shortening into the flour mixture. Break down the butter and shortening cubes until the dough begins to come together.
    3. Separate the dough into two halves and shape into flat disks. Wrap both discs in plastic wrap and chill in the fridge for at least an hour, if not overnight.
    4. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
    5. Remove the chilled dough from the refrigerator. If it is too cold to work with, let it sit out until it\'s a workable temperature. Roll out the dough and line a pie pan with a bottom crust.
    6. Add in the filling.
    7. Roll out the remaining pie crust to create the Davy Jones topper. Start with the tentacles. Be creative! They can be all different sizes. Some can be twisted or even hanging over the side. The main piece is his face and front two tentacles. Cut this shape out all in one piece. Cut two holes for the eyes and use excess dough to build up his eye lids.
    8. I created his key with two circular cookie cutters and free-handed the rest.
    9. Pro-tip: it\'s easier to transfer both the key and the face onto the pie if you first put them in the freezer for a few minutes on a sheet pan lined with wax paper.
    10. When the pie is assembled, lightly brush the crush with an egg wash- one egg whisked with a few tablespoons of water.
    11. Bake for 35-45 minutes or until golden brown.
    12. Enjoy!