Friday, June 25, 2010
Mini-Bday Pies for the Princess
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Well as true to the Princess's fancy pallet choices ( her darned mother trained her well), a simple "normal Birthday cake" for her ninth b-day wasn't gonna fly...sooo she wanted PIE!...and then I remembered months earlier reading a fourth of July mini-pie post...and it got my wheels-a-turnin'.
Whats nice about this recipe, for you non-bakers...is that you can make these entirely semi-homemade....and for you foodies , make the pie-crust from scratch...and filling for that matter...go fer it!
Since I was in a hurry ( baking my heart out ALL day for the love of a birthday girls specific B-day menu)...I opted for the ease of the cans and pre-made...still turned out perty darned cute I'd say!
Do em up for the 4th...in Cherry and Blueberry with stars ...and a dollop of whip cream!!!
Gabbers had peach, lemon and Blueberry...and they were all goood!
Pie Crust Recipe:
* 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
* 1/4 teaspoon salt
* 1/2 cup butter, chilled and diced
* 1/4 cup ice water
1. In a large bowl, combine flour and salt. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in water, a tablespoon at a time, until mixture forms a ball. Wrap in plastic and refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight.
2. Roll dough out to fit a 9 inch pie plate. Place crust in pie plate. Press the dough evenly into the bottom and sides of the pie plate.
****(or buy refrigerated ones in a pinch)
canned pie filling (something red and something blue)
2 T butter, melted
1/4 c granulated sugar
Preheat oven according to pie crust recipe.
Roll out your pie crust so so it's just thick enough to hold together and cover the muffin hole. Using a cookie cutter, or a cup with about a 3 1/2 inch diameter, cut out circles of dough.
Place each dough circle center in one of the mini-muffin tin wells. The edge should over-hang a little. Gently roll the edge down with your fingers and then crimp it so it looks pretty.
Fill each mini pie a little over half full with filling. Don't go crazy and fill them to the top. Catastrophic things happen.
Next you'll need your cute little stars/hearts...cute and lil...you can even do lattice. My star cutter is about 2" across and it was the perfect size. If you can't find a cookie cutter you could always print out a stencil and cut the stars with a knife. You'd have to want these pretty bad though to go through that effort. Look through your kid's playdough bin. That's where I found mine!
Dip your stars (both sides) in butter and then dredge in the sugar. Make sure to lick your fingers after the sugar starts piling up and making buttery sugar globs on your hands. Curse because you just finished working out and canceled it out with one lick. Wash hands and repeat.
Place a star on top of each little pie. It's okay if it sinks down, it will puff up when it bakes.
You can serve them warm or at room temp. And they can definitely be made hours ahead of time.
2 pie crusts should be plenty to do 24 mini-pies. Depending on the recipe or brand of crust you use, you may be able to get closer to 30.