The best thing about comic-cons is seeing friends. The second best thing is when your friends bring you stuff. Ah, the art of omiyage. It’s much appreciated.

My friend Deb is from Hawaii originally and has the art of omiyage down pat. If you are visiting someone – you bring stuff – and since she and I share a love of comics and food, I always get the good stuff when we see each other at conventions. This time was no exception, she brought me a jar of Blue Chair’s apple-meyer lemon marmalade.

Blue Chair is an artisnal jam company located in Oakland, they even have their own cookbook. And while I could just eat this lovely marmalade on toast, I thought why not bake with it and why not incorporate Hello Kitty!

ingredients:
pie dough (recipe, here)
marmalade
egg wash (1 egg whisked with 1 Tablespoon water)
lemon sugar (recipe here)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and prep baking sheets with silpats.

Roll out the dough to about 3/8″ thick. You want to make sure you get the impression of the cutter into the dough. Cut out the forms, remember you will need two per pie.

Place the cut-outs on a silpat lined baking sheet. Place one teaspoon of marmalade in the middle of the dough cut-outs.

Check out the chunkiness, so much sweet tart flavor! It reminds me of Hawaiian lemon peel.

Place another pie cut-out on top and seal the edges. Brush the tops of the pies with egg wash…

…and sprinkle with a little lemon sugar. This will give it a sweet crunch. Bake for 12-15 minutes depending on your oven, until the dough is cooked through.

Let cool on a wire rack.

Sweet, tart, crunchy AND adorable!