Monday, November 29, 2010

Mini Pies

I'm so excited about my newest muffin tin discovery....
...mini pies!

I was in charge of making the pumpkin pies for Thanksgiving this year.  This berry pie was the first pie I had ever made--and that was only about 6 months ago.  Needless to say then, I don't have a lot of pie making experience.
After getting out all my ingredients and whipping up my filling, I discovered that I only have 1 pie plate (did I mention, I don't have a lot of experience)--kind of presents a problem when needing to bake two pumpkin pies.   I had no idea what to do and did not have time to head out to buy a pie plate.  So, I thought, why couldn't I make individual pies in a muffin tin?!  So, I tried it...and it worked!!
Here's what I did:
-Cut the pie crust dough with large biscuit cutters.  I managed to get enough for ten from one pie crust.
Place the cut pie crust circles into a greased muffin tin (I sprayed with Pam for Baking). 
- Fill each "well" almost completely full
-Bake (the cooking time will be about 10-20minutes shorter--I recommend just watching after a while to make sure they aren't getting overdone. (For pumpkin, I still did the normal thing of baking for about 15 minutes at the higher temperature and then lowered to 350).  
- Cool on a rack for a few minutes (about 10) before trying to remove from muffin tins.  Once slightly cooled, remove--and enjoy your cute little creations!

I can't wait to try this with berry pies!  These will definitely be making a reappearance for Christmas!!  How fun would a whole assortment of different mini pies be?!  And, I think these would make adorable little treats to wrap up in some cute packaging & give to others--a little different than cookies this time of year! 

Let me know if you try to make/have made other mini pies!!

18 comments:

  1. I'm a big fan of pumpkin pie, so I've got to try these! I'm your newest follower.

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  2. Too fun and very inventive! Mini pies would definitely be more my speed that a large pie. Thanks so much for linking these yummies up to Homemade Christmas!

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  3. I love these adorable and the individual size is perfect for large gatherings! Great blog! I'm your newest follower!

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  4. Your Mini Pies looks amazing...yummy! Thank you for sharing and have a good week.

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  5. I love mini everything, especially pie. I made some pumpkin ones back in September, and I'm planning to make a batch using pecan pie filling. Found you through What's Cooking Wednesday, and I'm your newest follower.

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  6. Thanks so much for stopping by! Welcome to all the new followers!

    If any of you make any mini pies, please stop by and leave the link. I'd love to hear about other ones!!

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  7. I love this! My kids would love having their own personal pumpkin pie! I bake pies a lot but have not tried mini ones! Thanks so much for sharing at Holiday Hookup!

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  8. I made some mini pumpkin pies recently... they were my mom's favorite! Much more yummy crust :)

    I'd love for you to link this up to What's Cooking Wednesday!

    http://notsohomemade.blogspot.com/2010/12/tex-mex-lasagna-whats-cooking-wednesday.html

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  9. This changes everything, doesn't it? I would not have thought of it, but my mind is spinning with possibilities. Great solution!
    Thanks for linking up again. ;)

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  10. My husband is over my shoulder drooling right now. Apparently I will be making mini pumpkin pies Very soon! Thanks for the great idea.

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  11. Yours turned out beautiful, I made something similar to this for Thanksgiving, and failed terribly, although they tasted pretty good! :) Great job!

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  12. mmm - I love how this makes for more crust per serving. Thanks for sharing this yummy idea with Sweets This Week!

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  13. These must be the pies you made. Fabulous! I will be linking all sorts of mini pies during my Christmas Challenge. Stay tuned!

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  14. Very great idea-- these look fun and delicious!

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  15. How darling! I love bite size treats, and these are perfect for sharing :) Thank you for linking to This Week's Cravings!

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  16. These look wonderful! Thanks for sharing!
    Melissa

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