Published on March 9th, 2015 | by Kristen Swain0
Easy Peasy Mini Fruit Pies
A refrigerated pie crust.
A can of pie filling.
And, you can create beautiful easy pies, that look homemade.
I am celebrating the up-coming pie week . March 14th is PIE DAY.
3.14=PIE. Pie day. We’ll be celebrating it at school, and I wanted to give you some pie suggestions to make for pie day!
This is my absolutely bare bones easiest pie idea.
Kristen, you ask, why in the world are you trying to give me a recipe for store bought stuff?
I mean, everyone knows about that stuff, right?
Sure, but do you think of making it beautiful? Of doing a little extra?
Because I want to show you how you can create these beautiful mini fruit pies, that you CAN do, that might look intimidating as all get out, but with a little spare dough, come out exquisitely beautiful.
And, I sneak in a little homemade easy recipe for a great blueberry pie too!
First, I measured my jumbo muffin pan cup, I took my parchment and cut it into a circle that was 3.5 inches.
After I cut it, I made sure that the paper fit into the cup with just a little sticking out over the edge.
I used that circle paper and a sharp knife to cut rounds from my unrolled store bought pie crust.
I got three rounds from each crust. I used two crusts to fill 6 jumbo muffin tins, sprayed with cooking spray so nothing sticks.
When you remove the extra crust around the circles, you will have a handful of crust. Take that and roll it into log like shapes.
Then weave them easily together. Just put 5 strips across, then vertically add one in the center.
Weave it over and under the horizontal strips, then add another to the vertical strips and weave that over and under opposite of the strip next to it.
Cut a circle that will fit the top of the muffin tin. I fit it after cutting to make sure that it would fit just over the edge of the lip of the tin.
Use a sharp knife to cut the excess strips away.
This is the top you will then fit onto your filled mini pie.
Tuck the edges in to the filled pie.
For another idea, cut a simple circle from pie crust, then add a star cut in the center.
Loop two longer logs together then fit them to the top of the pie crust.
Even more simple is to cut a round to fit the top of the pie, then loop around a log, use a spoon upside down to press into the dough and make a pretty border. I pressed the spoon in three times for each edge.
Once you have all the crusts done, whip up a plain whole egg, and give them an egg wash.
You can add crystal sugar to them as well. I use Wilton brand Crystal Sugar.
Bake them at 400 degrees for 20-25 minutes. Until they are brown.
Want a quick and easy recipe for blueberry pie? Toss in your fresh blueberries. You will need about 1/4 cup for these, or 4 cups for a regular pie.
Add in a tablespoon pat of butter in the center, and a couple tablespoons of cinnamon sugar. Easy blueberry pie!