It must be a sin to be a cooking blog called “Moogle Pie” without having made a Moogle pie. FFXI was one of the only MMOs I embarrassingly put way too much time into (I was a pretty amazing BLM and WHM, totally not bragging). And although there’s little reward for playing an MMO, what I gained in friendship made everything worth the effort. This is also where I was introduced to Moogle Pie, a rarer uncommonly crafted food consumable that was a bit more of a novelty item than actually any real use.
Moogles, as many familiar with the Final Fantasy series may know, are small winged creatures touting various responsibilities depending on what game you happen to be playing. But, usually it’s to help rather than hurt. I can’t imagine that they could have created something this yummy with their doughy paws though. They must have used a great Instagram filter.
Fun Fact: Moogles also appear in franchises other than Final Fantasy;
Kingdom Hearts, Mario Sports Mix and Secret of Mana also feature this loveable mascot.
1 recipe pastry for a 9 inch double crust pie
1/4 cup unsalted butter
1 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/4 cup white sugar
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup water
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
4 Granny Smith apples – peeled, cored and sliced
Melt butter in a sauce pan. Stir in flour to form a paste. Add white sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and water; bring to a boil. Reduce temperature, and simmer 5 minutes. Do not let boil or burn.
Meanwhile, roll out half of the crust on a floured surface until about half a centimeter thickness, into the shape of a large oval. Fill center with apples, mounded slightly down the center of the pastry. Gently spoon half of the sugar and butter liquid over the apples.
To plait pastry, cut 1 inch wide strips on either side of the apple mixture and make sure they’re nearly long enough to reach the other side of the apple mixture. Fold each strip of pastry to the other side, alternating sides.
If desired, brush an egg wash over your Moogle pie and sprinkle a little sugar on top. I personally think this makes it look nicer, but it’s personal preference. Bake 20 minutes at 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).
Fun Fact: Square Enix’s cafe Artnia serves pancakes with a Moogle motif. Cute AND tasty.
DIFFICULTY: TWO MOOGLES