a little pie for dessert

Still riding the cherry wave.  Turns out I forgot about the mini cherry pies the guys like. This idea came about when I was making a pie crust one day. My older guy said he was only in the mood for “a little pie.” So, I surprised him at dinner with a little pie. Literally. Mini pies made in a muffin pan.

This is my foolproof way of making pie crust. It’s a method I learned called 3 to 2 to 1. It refers to the ratio of ingredients. Three parts flour. Two parts fat. One part cold water. The fat is one stick of butter. Make that a cold stick of butter. You want to work with cold ingredients when making a dough.

This dough can be made in a food processor. You want to use the dough blade. The dough blade is shorter than the regular blade. It’s made of plastic.

Slice the butter and add to the flour. Pulse a few times until the dough and butter combine. This should look like small pebbles.

Start to add the cold water to help the ingredients combine. When the dough pulls away,  the dough is done. Be careful to not overwork the dough. 

 Turn the dough out on the board and shape into a disk. Cover with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.

When the dough is ready to be used, flour the board you’re working on. Roll out the dough. Choose something round that’s a little larger than the holes in your muffin tin. This can be a glass or a ramekin. Use this to cut out rounds of dough and place in the wells of the muffin tin.

Use a knife to pierce some holes in the bottom of the tins. There are fancy pie weights available to keep the pastry from puffing when baked. But you don’t need those. Dried beans work just as well. Keep a jar of dried beans in your kitchen cabinet for this purpose.

Bake the mini pie shells for about 45 minutes in the oven at 350 degrees.

In a separate bowl, combine cherries, some lemon juice, and a dash of honey. Pour the mixture in each of the baked mini pie crusts. You can cut some slices of dough to make a lattice top for the mini pies. Return to oven for about 8-10 minutes to bake the top pieces of dough.

Will we have another idea for cherries for tomorrow? Be sure and check in.

My Guys’ Pie Crust

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon granulated sugar

8 tablespoons of cold butter cut into pieces

4 to 5 tablespoons cold water

 
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