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« on: October 25, 2009 02:36:43 PM »

Hubs & I are attending a Halloween party as Sweeney Todd & Mrs Lovett and I decided to accompany my Victorian Gothic costume I need just one essential prop - a really quite grusome pie.

It's a long time since I've done anything crafty like this and now am more used to working with edible materials. To make my pie I decided to use a material I hadn't used since I was a child - salt dough. I had forgotten how easy it is to make and was like working with pastry. To help with making the shape I used a small foil pie dish. This helped to support the dough as it was drying. The idea for the fingers was inspired by a Halloween shortbread recipe I had seen where the shortbread was rolled into fingers and flaked almonds were used as fingernails. I have to say they are almost too realistic for my liking!

It took an age to dry out in the oven, but I'm really pleased with the results.





**update**
My pie went down a storm at the Halloween party. It ended up being the centrepiece on the [real] food table. It was a great night and I certainly enjoyed dressing up as Mrs Lovett.





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« Reply #1 on: October 25, 2009 02:56:20 PM »

That looks awesome!!
I thought it WAS pastry!  Cheesy
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« Reply #2 on: October 25, 2009 03:05:36 PM »

So did I! That's fantastic Cheesy
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« Reply #3 on: October 25, 2009 03:12:20 PM »

Ahaaaaaaa, I also thought it was really a pastry. This is amazing, though!
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« Reply #4 on: October 25, 2009 04:01:51 PM »

This is absolutely hilarious and very clever.
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« Reply #5 on: October 25, 2009 04:27:03 PM »

that's great.

i thought it was a real pie too.
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« Reply #6 on: October 25, 2009 05:53:20 PM »

That is an insanely awesome prop!!! You're gonna kill with that one Great job!
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« Reply #7 on: October 25, 2009 08:32:19 PM »

Finger pies?  Too funny.  Great job.
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« Reply #8 on: October 25, 2009 08:38:59 PM »

Amazing.  Those fingers and fingernails are disgusting.  And that is a compliment, of course!
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« Reply #9 on: October 26, 2009 09:02:37 AM »

Love it!

Hmmm, I'm thinking pot pie for Halloween dinners. hahaha.
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« Reply #10 on: October 26, 2009 09:43:02 AM »

wow so creepy, the flaked-almond fingernails are scarily realistic! it DOES look like a real pie!!

oh also,  I <3 salt dough.
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« Reply #11 on: October 26, 2009 10:28:35 AM »

Heehee... eww.
That's fantastic, really. Very clever. I think the best part of Halloween costumes are the little extras, and yours rocks.
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« Reply #12 on: October 26, 2009 10:49:25 AM »

That's awesome!  Smiley
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« Reply #13 on: October 26, 2009 05:28:22 PM »

That looks SO bloody fantastic!  How big is it?  Did you add any colour to the dough, or paint it afterwards?  It's been a long time since I worked with salt dough too, but have been saving a few projects for working with it one day.  Thanks for reinspiring me.  Love your pie!
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« Reply #14 on: October 26, 2009 11:54:30 PM »

Thank you all for your lovely comments.

The pie is lifesize and measures around 5 inches by 3 inches. The only colour added was an egg wash glaze over the pastry part at the beginning. I think it is this that made the pie look authentic.
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« Reply #15 on: October 27, 2009 06:39:56 AM »

I love this for several reasons. 1) I love that movie and 2) It looks like real pie. Great job!
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« Reply #16 on: October 27, 2009 08:33:18 AM »

ACK, this is positively disgusting - perfect! I love it!
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« Reply #17 on: October 27, 2009 12:02:23 PM »

Oh wow, this is so cool. That's the perfect touch for a Mrs. Lovitt costume. It's creepy realistic.
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« Reply #18 on: October 27, 2009 12:35:42 PM »

I love Sweeney Todd! This pie looks so real! You did a great job! Can we see pics of yall in costume with it when you go to the party?
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« Reply #19 on: October 27, 2009 02:21:39 PM »

that is sooo creepy! it looks totally real! Shocked
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« Reply #20 on: October 28, 2009 05:17:22 PM »

Ahahahahahaha, wonderful! The pie and "filling" look great!

Good job!
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« Reply #21 on: October 30, 2009 08:33:07 PM »

awesome job it looks spooky! Cheesy
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« Reply #22 on: November 01, 2009 01:49:08 AM »

Awesome!
And of course, in addition, you managed to create a thumbnail of,.... well, a (thumb) nail.

Very well executed!
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« Reply #23 on: November 01, 2009 04:08:04 PM »

It looks so much like a real pie, if it weren't for the finger I would be terribly hungry.
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« Reply #24 on: November 03, 2009 01:26:26 PM »

Aaw - your costume was great - thanks for sharing & letting me know! Cheesy
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« Reply #25 on: November 05, 2009 06:34:24 AM »

Oh, that's just fantasic! Kinda gross but I like kinda gross!
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« Reply #26 on: November 11, 2009 07:22:33 AM »

lol, the last picture of you and the pie was a shot from the movie!  Cheesy

You look amazing and so does ze pie!
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« Reply #27 on: November 18, 2009 12:28:45 AM »

Love Sweeney Todd. Love your creation. It's chillingly fabulous!
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« Reply #28 on: November 18, 2009 08:49:51 AM »

Fantastic!!  Your pie looks great, as does your costume, at least what I can see of it.  Your hair is spot on!! 
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