I call this the mini pie experiment for good reason.
I do not make pies. I have never made a pie. I am now trying to make mini pies.
Continue reading at your own risk.
pie filling, pick your favorites
rolled pie crusts, or you can be brave and make your own
Mini Pie Experiment Part One
Roll out your pie dough, or premade crust on a floured cutting board.
Mini pie experiment part one involves a regular size muffin pan. Use a round cookie cutter to make the bottoms of your mini pie crusts.
The circles we cut first, were too small to fit in the muffin pan. You want some of the dough to come out of the top, so you can pinch it together with the top crust. This wasn’t happening for us.
So we grabbed a coffee mug and made larger circles. There…. that’s better.
Don’t ask why we used a Christmas mug. I have no good answer.
Lay your much bigger circles in the muffin pan, spray with cooking spray first.
Spoon in our favorite pie filling. We used apple & cherry.
Then put the top crust on. I used mini cookie cutters for the hearts & stars.
Be sure to pinch the edges of the crust together, or else your filling will ooze out. Trust me on that one.
Sigh, I love moments like this.
Brush the tops with an egg wash and bake @ 350 for about 20 minutes or until golden brown.
*During the experiment, my Aunt Donna informed me that brushing the tops with milk wash & sugar will help you get a better top crust. I had already made mine, so I didn’t get a chance to try it out.
I sprinkled the top with powdered sugar. Tom [one of my taste testers] informed me that my mini pies tasted like a Pop Tart.
Mini Pie Experiment Part 2
This time we start out with a mini muffin pan. Walmart and Target have them.
I have helpers.
Same thing as before. Roll out your pie dough and cut circles. This time you can use the cookie cutter, not the Christmas mug.
Fill ’em up.
Use your round cookie cutter to make the tops & mini shape cookie cutters for some added charm. Brush with egg or milk wash. Your choice.
Pop them in the oven @ 350 for about 20 minutes or so.
This is what happens when you don’t pinch the bottom and top crust together. I blame the help and I’m sticking to my story.
That concludes the Mini Pie Experiment. The end.