The Ships

For yesterday's Birthday Shams and I knew we wanted to do an apple pie. Once we had our theme we started looking for ideas. And Shams found this Pie Recipe by Diamonds for Dessert. This is problem one of the most invented baking experience I have ever done. The good side of it though - The Crust was successful!!! Every-time we have made crust in the past it has been a big failure so I was really worried when we started out! But it turned out! More notes below!
APPLE PIE-rate ship
2 1/2 cups flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup shortening
1/2 cup ice water
nonstick spray
4 apples (Kevin bought Fuji)
6 tbsp sugar
3/4 tbsp flour
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
a pinch of nutmeg
1 egg
pie weights, dried beans, or dried rice
coffee filters or parchment paper
2 aluminum mini loaf pans (5 x 2.5 inches)
2 pairs of disposable chopsticks
3 bamboo skewers
foil
tape
black and red marker
glue gun

In a bowl, combine the flour and salt, and mix. Cut the shortening into small pieces and add them into the bowl. Use a pastry cutter or a fork to incorporate the shortening until there are pea sized lumps. Add the ice water one tablespoon at a time, gently mixing it in, letting it moisten the dough. Gather the dough into a ball and split it in two. Place each half on a piece of plastic wrap. Flatten each into a disc, fold over the plastic wrap, and chill in the fridge for 30 minutes.

While waiting, prepare the apples. Peel and core the apples. Thinly slice them and then chop the slices into thirds. Place the apples pieces in a mixing bowl. Add the sugar, salt, flour, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Gently mix. Cover the mixture with plastic wrap until ready to use.

For the rest of the recipe - including the below. Please see the Diamonds for Dessert - She does an amazing job of explaining it and there's no way I could even do it justice!

Preparing the Pans

Shape the Crusts

Bottom Crust

Top Crust

Adding the Sails

Makes 2 pie ships. - The end Result!

I am pretty happy with how they turned out. The only this is that I broke the stem off of the right ship :( Also because of the way they cook they dry out allot! It's also hard to serve this warm and add enough pie filling to make it worth the effort. BUT it was a good experiment and no one was expecting actual ships!

Also I wanted to show more details on the cakepops we did!
They took hours to complete and deserve some mention!