I’ve got a confession to make… when Frozen first came out back in 2013, I was so obsessed that I saw it three times in theaters and listened to the soundtrack non-stop in my car, at work, you name it.
For me, Frozen was a surprise hit. I knew nothing about the movie before I saw it in theaters, but I loved how it reminded me of the classic Disney musicals that I grew up with. I mean, between Let It Go and Love is an Open Door, we were all singing along (even if you don’t want to admit it).
This November, we’ll get to see Frozen 2 — one of my top movie picks for 2019 — and by the looks of the new teaser trailer, it’s going to be another EPIC adventure. Take a look!
Yep, the gang is all back! Anna, Elsa, Kristoff, Sven — and our favorite snowman, Olaf.
While it feels like a long time to go until November, it’s winter here in Pittsburgh, snowing every other day — so I’m celebrating with an Olaf pie tutorial.
Do You Wanna Build a Snowman? Outside? Nope, not really. But I am totally up for building a snowman in my warm kitchen.
Olaf’s Chocolate Pie — A Frozen-Inspired Recipe
What You Need:
- Pre-made refrigerated pie crust, two rolls (one for the bottom crust and one for the top decoration)
- 1 egg white, beaten
- Clear vanilla extract
- Black, brown, and orange food coloring
- Pastry brush
- Paring knife
- Parchment paper
- Small brushes for decorating
- Olaf Templates – BOTTOM DOWNLOAD & TOP DOWNLOAD
- 2 pieces of card stock paper
- X-acto knife (or a cutting machine)
Feel free to use the pie filling of your choice — Olaf will look cute on any pie! For mine, I chose to make a homemade chocolate pudding pie — Anna and Elsa love chocolate, so I’m sure Olaf does too! — based on this recipe from Call Me PMc’s blog — it’s tasty, quick, and SUPER easy. I’ve included the ingredients you’ll need in the list below, but the complete recipe and instructions can be found here on Call ME PMc’s blog.
- 1/4 cup cocoa
- 1/4 cup flour
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 3 egg yolks, beaten
- 1 and 1/2 cup milk
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 2 tbsp. real butter
To start, download the two Olaf stencils (found in the list above). You’ll either want to print the files on card stock paper and then cut them out with an X-acto knife, or if you have a Cricut or another cutting machine, cut the files out on the card stock paper using your machine. I used a 9 inch pie pan, so I decided to make my Olaf 7 inches in height. Therefore, I cut the bottom Olaf file at 7 inches height and cut the top Olaf file at 4.9 inches height. (Note: the reason for the difference in size is to allow the bottom layer to be wider, serving as a base. Additionally, the top file is smaller since it does not include the branches on Olaf’s head; we’ll make those separately.)
After your two Olaf files are cut out, preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Next, roll out one of your pie crusts and lay your bottom Olaf stencil on top of the dough. Using a paring knife, cut out the shape, using your stencil to cleanly trace the shape.
Place the cut-out shape, which will serve as the base of Olaf’s head, on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and set aside.
Next, use your top Olaf stencil to cut out the details of Olaf’s face. Discard the pieces that are not outlined in black on the file (like his eyebrows and mouth). Once your pieces are cut, brush beaten egg white on top of the bottom piece of dough, your base, and then place your facial features on top. (The egg white will help to hold the dough in place as your work.)
Note: As the dough warms, it will also start to stretch out. If you cut a piece of dough from your stencil and feel that it is too big or “stretched,” just trim down around the edges to make it a smaller size.
Once the face is in place, use your extra dough to make the branches for the top of Olaf’s head. You can either cut them out and use a toothpick to add indents on them for a little texture, or your could roll them out of dough to give them a different shape.
Use a toothpick to gently clean up the edges of any piece of dough that may not be laying correctly.
Now it’s time to paint — with food coloring, that is!
I started with Olaf’s nose, painting it with a mixture of clear imitation vanilla extract and orange food coloring using a decorating brush to apply it.
Next, paint Olaf’s branches on his head with a mixture of clear imitation vanilla extract and brown food coloring. If you do not have brown food coloring, regular vanilla extract (not the clear kind) will also work.
Finally, carefully paint the borders or edges and the “shallow” areas of Olaf’s facial features with black food coloring. I wanted the black to be bold and not watered down, so for this color, I chose not to mix it with vanilla. Be careful with this step, as the black coloring is not as forgiving!
Once you’ve finished painting Olaf, bake him in a preheated oven at 400 degrees for approx. 10 minutes. Keep an eye on him as he bakes, and if he starts to brown, remove him a little early.
Once Olaf is removed from the oven, set him aside to cool.
Next, prepare your pie base. As I mentioned above, I followed this homemade chocolate pie recipe from Call Me PMc.
Using the ingredients listed above, follow the instructions on Call ME PMc to prepare and bake your chocolate pie.
Once your finished pie has had a chance to cool, carefully transfer Olaf to the center of your pie. And there you have it! A Frozen treat that’s as easy as pie!
Are you as excited for Frozen 2 as I am? Learn more about the upcoming Disney film below.
About Frozen 2
From the Academy Award®-winning team — directors Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck, and producer Peter Del Vecho — and featuring the voices of Idina Menzel, Kristen Bell, Jonathan Groff and Josh Gad, and the music of Oscar®-winning songwriters Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Frozen 2” opens in U.S. theaters on Nov. 22, 2019.
Stay tuned for more Frozen news in the upcoming months! For now, let’s just take in these beautiful Frozen scenes — obviously an adventure waiting to happen — and eat some pie.
Movie images and footage courtesy of Walt Disney Pictures.