Brown Butter Game of Thrones Sigil Pies

Game of Thrones is entering its final season this coming Sunday, and my wife and I are PUMPED. She has been re-watching the whole show, from beginning to end, so that when the new season airs she will have the whole story fresh in her mind. Meanwhile, I have been working on some Game of Thrones recipes to share with all of you.

So, without any further ado, I present these Brown Butter Game of Thrones Sigil Pies. As Hot Pie says, the secret is the extra work it takes to brown the butter. Most people don’t bother because of the extra time. However, the brown butter really makes all the difference.

Oh, and don’t forget: Don’t give up on the gravy. You can not give up on the gravy.

Brown Butter Pie DoughSigil: Stark DirewolfSigil: Targaryen DragonSigil: Lannister LionSigil: Frey Twins

Step By Step: Brown Butter Pie Dough

The first part of making brown butter pies is making the brown butter.

GOT Brown Butter Sigil Pies - 01 - Butter in a pan

Thankfully, this is a very simple matter. I am using my pie crust recipe from my homemade chicken pot pies, which calls for one stick (half a cup) of unsalted butter. So, to make the brown butter, I just put the stick of unsalted butter in a pan plus a little mote, then melted it.

I added a little more since we are going to be cooking the butter down slightly, though I actually added a little too much more. One extra tablespoon of unsalted butter should do.


GOT Brown Butter Sigil Pies - 02 - Melting the butter

Just let the butter cook on medium heat until it is golden brown with brown bits in the bottom. This takes about 10 minutes, though I would advise you keep an eye on it.

GOT Brown Butter Sigil Pies - 03 - Fully browned butter

It should look like in the photo above.


GOT Brown Butter Sigil Pies - 04 - lined pyrex bowl

Then for the pie crust, you will need to butter to be cold. So, prepare a heat-resistant bowl by lining it with parchment paper.

GOT Brown Butter Sigil Pies - 05 - Pouring in the browned butter

Pour the melted butter into the bowl, then pop it in the fridge for a few hours.

GOT Brown Butter Sigil Pies - 06 - Cooled brown butter

Here is what it looks like when it has cooled. All of the brown bits will have fallen to the bottom.


GOT Brown Butter Sigil Pies - 06 - Brown butter out of the wrapper

Here is the bottom. From here, you follow the directions on the Chicken Pot Pie recipe.

GOT Brown Butter Sigil Pies - 07 - Brown butter pie crust

The finished dough looks like this. Now, you just need to divide it up, and set aside a good bit for the sigils.


Sigil: Stark Direwolf

The Stark direwolf sigil is a good choice for these pies. It is a fairly easy to cut out shape, with no thin fiddly bits.

Quick note: several of these photos will include the Targaryen dragon as well, because I made that pie at the same time.

GOT Brown Butter Sigil Pies - 09 - Cut out templates

Now, to make these, I first cut out a template. I traced the sigil by holding notepaper up over a phone, then carefully cut it out.


GOT Brown Butter Sigil Pies - 10 - Cutting out the Stark sigil

From there, you just lay the template on the dough…

GOT Brown Butter Sigil Pies - 11 - Cut out Stark sigil

Then cut it out.

GOT Brown Butter Sigil Pies - 12 - Finished Stark decoration

From there you just need to add some details, such as V shapes on the neck and tidying up the teeth in the mouth.


GOT Brown Butter Sigil Pies - 17 - Detail of stark pie ready for baking

Then, you can attach the wolf head to the pie by wetting it slightly with some water and laying it on the pot pie.

GOT Brown Butter Sigil Pies - 19 - Stark pie

Then, bake normally. If the wolf head starts to brown too much before the rest does, just lightly cover it in aluminum foil to protect it. Winter is coming, so Enjoy!


Sigil: Targaryen Dragon

The Targaryen three-headed dragon, as a pot pie decoration, is a read challenge. It has a lot of long, loopy bits and thin pieces that easily can break. So, if you don’t have the patience for careful cutting and gentle moving, you may want to stick with the direwolf or other sigil.

GOT Brown Butter Sigil Pies - 09 - Cut out templates

So, like with the Stark sigil, you want to start with making a template. I traced over the sigil on a piece of notebook paper and cut it out.


GOT Brown Butter Sigil Pies - 13 - The Targaryen sigil

Then, lay the dragon template on more pie dough.

GOT Brown Butter Sigil Pies - 14 - Cut out Targaryen sigil

Very carefully, cut out the dragon. Don’t worry too much about the fine details – you can touch those up after the dough is cut out.

GOT Brown Butter Sigil Pies - 15 - Finished Targaryen dragon, with detail

Once it is cut, take out the bits inside the tail loops, and add other details.


GOT Brown Butter Sigil Pies - 16 - Decorated pies

Very carefully, wet the back of the dragon, and lay on the pie.

GOT Brown Butter Sigil Pies - 18 - Finished pies

From there, bake like normal, and enjoy!

Sigil: Lannister Lion

The Lannister Lion, like the Stark Direwolf, is an easier, and visually striking, sigil for a pie topper. I went with a lion’s head rather than the full rearing lion, but feel free to give the full lion a shot if you’re feeling a little masochistic today.

GOT Brown Butter Sigil Pies - 20 - Lannister Lion template

Anyway, the method is the same as the other sigils. We start with tracing the lion’s head onto some note paper and cutting it out.


GOT Brown Butter Sigil Pies - 22 - Laying out Lannister template

Then lay it on the dough…

GOT Brown Butter Sigil Pies - 23 - Cut out Lion head

And cut around it! Don’t worry too much about the little details around the mouth, by the way. I found it easier to just touch it up after removing the template.

GOT Brown Butter Sigil Pies - 24 - Lannister Lion details

Once it’s cut out, I added some details to suggest a flowing mane, while adding in the eye and touching up the teeth.


GOT Brown Butter Sigil Pies - 29 - Lannister Pie ready to bake

Then, just wet the back and lay it on the pie. Don’t forget to cut small slits to vent the pie.

GOT Brown Butter Sigil Pies - 30 - Finished Lannister Pie

Bake like normal, and enjoy!

Side note, sorry about the sudden crack on the side of this pie. I bumped it and the side cracked off. We’ll just call that the King Tommen annex.


Sigil: Frey Twins

This pie is specifically for my wife. She insisted that, while I was making these sigil pies, I make Frey pies. Since I didn’t have a pair of brothers on which to wreak horrific vengeance, or a desire to serve my enemies their own children in a pastry, I just stuck with cutting out the Frey Twins and decorating the crust.

Plus, if you make all of these pies (don’t forget to double the recipe if you do), you can tell which of your friends has the twisted sense of humor by who chooses the Frey pie.


GOT Brown Butter Sigil Pies - 21 - Frey Twins template

In any case, you start with tracing and cutting out the Frey Twins.

GOT Brown Butter Sigil Pies - 25 - laying out Frey Twins template

Then, lay the template on the crust and cut it out.

GOT Brown Butter Sigil Pies - 26 - Frey Twins without detail

Don’t worry about the crenelations on top of the walls. Details like that are easier after the crust is cut out.

GOT Brown Butter Sigil Pies - 27 - Frey Twins details

Once it is cut, you can just use the tip of a knife or a toothpick to add details like the spaces between the crenels and the arrow-slit windows.


GOT Brown Butter Sigil Pies - 28 - Frey Twins ready to bake

Then, wet the back of the towers and lay it on the crust. I actually went on to add more details, like waves on the crust and light lines on the towers.

GOT Brown Butter Sigil Pies - 31 - Finished Frey Pie

Enjoy!