Friday, November 21, 2014

{VIDEO} Miniature Pies in a Muffin Pan

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Because I can't resist turning classics into miniatures, here's another mini dessert idea! I made cherry, apple and blackberry pies. You can use store bought crust and pie fillings or make your own from scratch. 

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Just roll out your pie crust dough. You can use homemade (CLICK HERE FOR A STEP-BY-STEP TUTORIAL) or store bought.



Spray cupcake/muffin pan (standard or mini) with non-stick spray and stuff them with circles of pie crust dough.



Prepare pie fillings or use store bought pie filling. I used cherry, blackberry and apple (recipes below OR Click Here For More Pie Filling Recipes & Idea



Spoon pie filling into each well. These mini pies can be made in a standard or mini muffin pan. I made both and prefer the filling to crust ratio from the standard muffin pan. It is about the portion of a little slice of pie, but with out the messy filling oozing out all over the place. The mini's are very cute but they don't hold much filling.... but you can "sample" a lot more of them. Either way they are both sure to be a crowd pleaser!



Top your filling with another layer of pie crust, or leave them open faced. Get creative! I made a row with a classic top (make sure there is always a hole or slit in the top for the pie to vent during baking). I used little cookie cutters to cut fun shapes (the leaves on the apple pie to the left was my favorite, after it baked it gave the leaves a nice and golden color). I did a row of lattice topped pies, and another row of fun cut outs! Which is your favorite?

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Beat an egg and brush it over the tops of the crust. This is called an "egg wash" and makes the crust flaky and golden. 



Bake and enjoy!




Pie Crust (CLICK HERE FOR A STEP-BY-STEP TUTORIAL)
(Makes two 9" pie circles- number of mini pies varies on how thin you roll the dough and if you use crust on the tops on your pies.) 
  • 2 1/2 cups (300g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks/8oz) unsalted butter, ice cold, cut into 1/2" cubes
  • 5-8 tablespoons ice water
  • 1 teaspoon vinegar
  • 1 egg mixed with 1 tablespoon of water, for egg wash 
Combine flour, sugar, and salt in a large bowl. Use a pastry blender or fork to cut the ice cold butter into the flour mixture until the butter is well coated with flour and you have a crumbly mixture with little pea-sized balls of butter. In a glass of small bowl, combine 1/2 cup of water with the vinegar and some ice. Add liquid 1 tablespoon at a time to the dough, folding it in with a rubber spatula until it just comes together. Press it together and place on your work surface. Form your dough into two disks and cover with plastic wrap. Do not over knead dough. Refrigerate for at least an hour. When ready to use, roll out dough on a lightly floured surface or between two pieces of wax paper/parchment paper to eliminate sticking.

Cherry Pie Filling
  • 3 cups (about 1 1/2-2 lbs.) fresh sweet cherries, pitted and very ripe
  • 1/4-1/2 cup water (the more ripe your cherries are the less water you will need)
  • 1/2 cup granulated white sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice 
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract (optional)
Combine all ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and stirring constantly, cook until cherry mixture has thickened, about 10 minutes. Cool slightly and stir in almond extract if desired. Pour into pie crusts.

Berry Pie Filling (blackberry, blueberry, strawberry, etc.)
  • 3 cups fresh berries (or frozen and thawed)
  • 1/2 cups granulated white sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch 
  • pinch of ground cinnamon, if desired
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice 
  • 1 tablespoons of unsalted butter, melted
Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl. Toss until berries are coated. Pour into pie crusts. 

Apple Pie Filling
  • 3 cups Granny Smith Apples, cored, peeled and diced (about 3 apples)
  • 1/4 cup butter, unsalted
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup granulated white sugar
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon apple pie spice or cinnamon 
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 
Melt butter in a medium saucepan. Stir in cornstarch, sugars, spices and water. Bring to a boil. Reduce temperature and let simmer for a few minutes until mixture thickens. Let cool slightly and stir in vanilla. Pour over apples in a medium bowl and toss until fully coated. Pour into pie crusts.

Assemble

Prepare Pie Crust and filling or use store bought.

Roll out your pie crust on lightly floured surface. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. 

Spray cupcake/muffin pan (standard or mini) with non-stick spray. Use a cookie cutter or the mouth of a glass/mug to cut circles of pie crust dough (about 3"circles for mini cupcake/muffin pans and 4" circles for standard cupcake/muffin pans). Press pie crust circles into each well of your cupcake/muffin pan. Beat an egg and a tablespoon of water together to form an egg wash and brush it on the bottom and sides of the pie crusts to prevent them from getting soggy once baked; set aside.

Spoon prepared pie filling into each well, almost up to the top. Top your filling with another layer of pie crust, a lattice top, or leave them open faced (if covered make sure there is a hole or slit in the top for the pie to vent during baking). Brush egg wash over the tops of the crust. 

Bake pies about 10-12 minutes for mini cupcake/muffin pans for and about 25-30 minutes for standard cupcake/muffin pans, until the edges start turning golden brown. Let cool.
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Give it a try and be sure to share a picture of your creation with me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or email!
  
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18 comments:

  1. So cute!! Just might do this for my little girls birthday/teaparty! Thanks for this adorable idea! <3

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  2. How easy is it to get them out of the pan? My luck hey would crumble or break as I tried to get them out!

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  3. @Missy, the crust doesn't stick to the pan at all so the pies slide right out with a gentle twist. Be sure to grease the pan with non-stick cooking spray and try to avoid letting the filling ooze out onto the pan (baked filling gets very sticky) and they will pop right out! Good luck!

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  4. Instead of egg, brush with evaporated milk. It gives it a glossy golden brown finish.

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  5. Those are so gorgeous!!! Gotta try them and I love the leaves and cut-outs that you did. I keep sticks of butter in my freezer for baking and grate them with the largest size grater - easier and faster than cutting butter with a knife and easier to crumble or cut into flour.

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  6. What a great idea, will have to try this for sure, thanks..

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  7. Holy cow thats amazing. Do you think it would still work if I used a nonwheat flour (wheat intolerant:(
    Because I would love to serve these to my family after a sunday dinner.

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  9. Great idea for cutting butter into crust! Thanks Gaabriel!

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  10. Doing this this weekend! Thanks for the idea!

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  11. They are cooking right now. So cute! Honestly, I at first felt I originated the idea, and was looking online to see if anyone else had done it. Should have known. Lets see how the test batch does!

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  12. This looks amazing! It's on the menu for National Doll Day, the first Sunday in August's Virtual Tea Party! I also shared on today's blog! http://nationaldollday.blogspot.com/2013/07/virtual-tea-party-youre-invited.html

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  14. Thank you for the great recipes

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  15. Sooo cute! I will be trying these very soon, they are so adorable. :)

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  16. Make sure you spray the pan with non stick spray nd release with a knife. You can extend the crust up the crust and over the edge for easier removal!

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