Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Honey, Would You Like a Little Pie?

A couple days ago, I cleaned out the refrigerator and realized I had two small containers of blackberries that wouldn't live much longer. I also had some pie dough, but I knew I didn't have enough berries to make a "real" pie, so I didn't do anything about the berries that day. I guess, though, that somewhere in the back of my mind, I'd been thinking about what to do with those berries, because the next day, it occurred to me I could make mini pies in our large muffin tin. Genius!

That evening, after the mini pies came out of the oven, I asked Hubby if he'd like a little pie, and of course he said "yes!" I think he was a little surprised to see I meant that literally--what I served him WAS, in fact, a little pie.

I made a crumb topping for these, but I'm sure I could have made a regular crust for the top instead. To make these, I rolled out the dough and cut dough circles (I used a bowl as a template) that were a couple inches larger than the circumference of the opening of each cup. I sprayed the muffin tin with cooking spray and fit the dough down into the cups.

I took a look at the pie section of my Betty Crocker cookbook to get the general proportions of fruit, sugar, flour, and spices, and I "guesstimated" in making the filling--and it turned out just right! I filled the cups and then I made about a half recipe of crumb topping, which I thought would be enough to cover the tops of my six mini pies.

Most of the recipes I looked at called for cooking the pie at 425 degrees; because these were small, I thought maybe 400 degrees would be best, and they turned out okay--I just kept an eye on them to make sure they didn't over brown.

I know mini- and hand-pies are popular now and I can see why. These would make a perfect Thanksgiving--or any other holiday--dessert. In fact, if I were having a large crowd for Thanksgiving and wanted to offer my guests a selection of different types of pie, I think I'd make a few batches of mini pies with different fillings and whipped cream and ice cream on the side. Yum!

If you're stumped for an idea for Thanksgiving dessert or if you've been appointed to bring dessert to a large gathering, please feel free to use my idea. The other really excellent thing about these are the fact that they're small, which makes them the perfect treat to follow a large meal without being tempted to over-indulge. Bon appetit!


Wilma Lee said...

I do the same thing with leftover fruit, but I use ramekins to bake them in. Plus, I don't add any sugar if the fruit is sweet enough. Your little pies look delicious.

KristyLou said...

What a genius idea! I always want to make pie, but with only two of us in the house we either have to throw some of it away, get fat while we eat it all day long, or deliver it to someone else. Not anymore!!! Thanks. I may try this this weekend.

Anna said...

I'd rather just come over to your place. I am pie challenged!

dianne said...

Pie, pie, me oh my,
Nothing tastes better, wet, salty and dry, all at once – oh, well it’s pie.
Apple and pumpkin and mince and black bottom, I’ll come to your place every day if you’ve got ‘em.
Pie, me oh my, I love piiiiieeeeeee

Sinta Renee said...

I can't believe that you just whipped those cute little things up like that! You are so creative... and in the kitchen too! I made some of the mini pies in a jar for my son's wedding rehearsal lunch/picnic. I got the idea from Farm Chicks. Those turned out pretty good.

Miss Jean said...

Your crust looks great!!!! What recipe do you use?

Shirley--Knot-y Embroidery Lady said...

Yum! You are very creative!

Anonymous said...

Mmmm yum! I don't suppose you could share your crumb topping recipe could you? I have tried a few but just can't find one that is quite right!

A Colorful World said...

Oh, YUM!!!! What an awesome idea...I have been reluctant to buy enough blackberries to make a full-sized cobbler, and this looks like just the thing to do!