Cthulhu Bumbleberry Pie

Cthulhu Bumbleberry Pie

Ontario strawberries are now in season, and since Ryan has been wanting to make his own pie for quite a while now, he made this Cthulhu bumbleberry pie over the weekend. Somehow he had found the Cthulhu Pie by Sandy Yoo, and of course he had to recreate it. The pie crust was a pâte sucrée, which is similar to pâte brisée but sweetened with sugar and enriched with egg yolks. We had strawberries, blueberries, and rhubarb available, so that’s what we threw into the pie. You can just as easily switch in a cup of raspberries for a cup of the other berries.

The pie was obviously a hit and would have been perfect with some vanilla ice cream! The crust was tender and flavourful, since we used butter; the filling had a nice mix of berry flavours while the rhubarb added its usual tang.


That was Ryan’s first pie, and here is me with mine! It was an apple pie that I made at our cousins’ house when I was about 12. I had wanted to do it all myself, including the crust, obviously. Our cousins had a tea shop and the kitchen staff baked dozens of pies per day, including homemade crust that they insisted I use. So I didn’t get to make the crust that time, but that didn’t stop me from baking a lot more pies as a teenager.

Cthulhu Bumbleberry Pie

Cthulhu Bumbleberry Pie
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 8
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For the Crust:
  • 2½ cups all purpose flour
  • 3 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 cup cold butter
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 4 Tbsp ice water
  • 2 egg yolks, lightly beaten
For the Bumbleberry Filling:
  • 1 cup chopped, peeled apple
  • 1 cup chopped rhubarb
  • 1½ cups chopped strawberries
  • 1½ cups blueberries
  • ½ cup flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
For the Crust:
  1. Place the flour, sugar, salt, and butter in a large mixing bowl. Mix, with a pastry blender or two knives, until the mixture resembles a meal.
  2. Slowly drizzle in the ice water and egg yolks. Stir to combine, making a dough. Lightly knead.
  3. Form into two discs; wrap in plastic wrap and chill for at 30-60 minutes.
For the Filling:
  1. Reserve two blueberries (these are for Cthulhu's eyes).
  2. Mix all filling ingredients in a large bowl. Set aside.
To Assemble:
  1. Preheat oven to 400 F.
  2. Take one disc of dough out of the fridge.
  3. On a lightly floured surface, using a lightly floured rolling pin, roll into a circle about 4-inch larger than the diameter of your pie pan. The dough should be about ⅛-inch thick.
  4. Carefully transfer this dough circle to your pie plate. Press into place and trim any overhanging dough.
  5. Pour the filling ingredients into the pie shell.
  6. Take the second disc of dough out of the fridge.
  7. Roll out the second disc of dough the same way as the first. Place the round piece of rolled dough over the pie filling and trim to fit the pie pan. Crimp the rim with a fork.
  8. Reroll all the pie crust scraps and cut out eight long strips to act as tentacles. Cut out a round shape for Cthulhu's body. Cut out four small half-moon pieces to act as upper and lower eyelids.
  9. Using the Cthulhu pieces and the two reserved blueberries, assemble pie-crust-Cthulhu, using our photos as a guide.
  10. Take strips of aluminium foil and gently crimp around the pie rim, to prevent it from burning.
  11. Bake for 20 minutes at 400 F. Reduce heat to 350 F and bake for 40-45 more minutes, until crust is golden brown.
  12. Remove from oven and let cool for at least 10 minutes before serving.

Cthulhu Bumbleberry Pie

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12 Replies to “Cthulhu Bumbleberry Pie”

  1. I’m a poor pie maker, but I am charmed by the imagination used to make this pie. And it looks yum!
    As a college writing teacher, I am delighted that you’ve made a Lovecraft-related pie, but I’m having trouble rating it. I say five stars!

  2. This sounds absoultely delicious. My boyfriend loves pies, so I always joke with him that at our wedding we are going to forgo a wedding cake for a pie table! This sounds like one we might need to add to it. Also the decoration on the top is just too good!

  3. I love HP Lovecraft. This pie is so cool:-)

  4. I’m drooling right now! This looks so good. Pinned and tweeted. Thank you for bringing this to our party and we hope to see you on Monday at 7 pm. Lou Lou Girls

  5. I love the cute little, oops I mean super scary, Cthulhu that you put on this pie, too funny! Sounds yummy too. Thanks for sharing on Snickerdoodle Sunday!

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  9. How clever to put Cthulhu on the pie, with all that”ink” that’ll ooze out when you cut into it!
    Found you on The Wednesday Showcase and would love if you’d link up with us at Thursday Favorite Things blog hop that goes live tonight at 9 pm EST. Have a great day and hope to see you there 🙂

  10. Your pie looks fabulous – so much character! Thanks for linking up to Saturday Sparks. You have been featured today.
    Have a Great Weekend,
    Pieced Pastimes

  11. Yup, Ryan inspired.

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