Happy 4th of July!
Oh, how I love the 4th of July. The best colors, food, weather, and an excuse to hang out with family & friends. I love trying a new red, white, and blue themed dessert every year. So many choices! Luckily, there’s lots of fruit this time of year that fit the color scheme. I decided to try out some mini blueberry and strawberry pies because 1) who doesn’t love something miniature? You can try one of each without feeling guilty! 2) blueberries & strawberries are in season and are pretty much my favorite 3) I wanted to try to create something new 4) pie is the perfect summertime treat.
You start with some pie crust (the recipe follows although it would be perfectly acceptable to get some pre made dough if you’re trying to save some time) and cut out circles using a round cookie cutter or drinking glass. Fit them into muffin tins and fill with delicious blueberry and strawberry filling! I topped mine with a stabilized whipped cream. It’s like a homemade version of cool whip. Ice cream would be equally delicious!
Sorry there’s so few pictures, I underestimated the time it would take to make these while also trying to entertain a baby who decided he’d boycott his naps for the day. Don’t forget to follow my blog via e-mail if you want to see more recipes, fun ideas, and my ramblings!
MINI STRAWBERRY & BLUEBERRY PIES
Makes 24 mini pies
3 cups flour
1 tsp. salt
1/2 cup shortening
1/2 cup cold butter (cut into cubes)
10 tablespoons ice water
Combine all the dry ingredients and mix with a fork or pastry cutter while adding water 1 tablespoon at a time until dough is formed. I just combine all the ingredients in my blender and mix until a ball forms. Either way!
Coat two muffin tins with cooking spray. Roll out the dough and use a circle cookie cutter or drinking glass to create circles. Fit your circles into the muffin tins and make sure the dough goes at least halfway up the sides. Prick the bottom of the pie crust with a fork. Once you’ve created 24 little pie crusts, throw the muffin tins in the fridge.
BLUEBERRY PIE FILLING
3 cups fresh blueberries
1 tbsp. lemon juice
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 + 1/8 cup flour
1/8 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. vanilla
2 tbsp. butter
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Sprinkle blueberries with lemon juice and set aside. Combine the next 4 ingredients- sugar through cinnamon. Combine dry ingredients with blueberries until well incorporated. Add vanilla. Divide the blueberry mixture into 12 of your mini pie crusts. Cut butter into small squares and dot each pie with a few butter pieces.
Place your mini blueberry pies and the remaining pan of empty pie crusts in the oven. Bake the empty crusts for 15 minutes and the blueberry pies for 25 minutes or until bubbly. The blueberry pie filling will leak out the sides but don’t worry! Just pop the pies out of the tin a few minutes after they’re finished cooking or they’ll get stuck.
STRAWBERRY PIE FILLING
1/2 cup mashed strawberries
6 tbsp. water
6 tbsp. sugar
1 1/2 tbsp. cornstarch
1/2 tbsp. lemon juice
1/8 tsp. salt
1 cup sliced strawberries
Combine mashed strawberries and water in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil and simmer for 3 minutes. Strain juice from strawberries and add enough water to make 1/2 cup. Combine sugar, cornstarch, lemon juice, and salt in the empty saucepan and then stir in the strawberry juice. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly, for 3-4 minutes or until thick. Set aside to cool slightly.
Remove your remaining 12 pie crusts from the muffin tin. Layer sliced strawberries in the bottom of your baked pie crusts. You can fill them nearly all the way to the top. Pour strawberry mixture over the sliced strawberries until full. Cool in fridge for at least 3 hours or overnight.
STABILIZED WHIPPED CREAM
1/3 cup confectioners sugar
4 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 tsp. vanilla
1 pint (1 cup) heavy cream
Combine first three ingredients until smooth. In a separate bowl, beat heavy cream until soft peaks form. Add in cream cheese mixture. Beat the mixture again until thick and creamy.
I used a cupcake decorating tool to create a swirl of whipped cream on top of my pies. Go ahead and just spoon a dollop on top or serve it on the side so people can have as little or as much as they want. (I can just hear my husband saying “Would you like a side of pie with your whipped cream?” But it’s just that good!)
That’s it! If you try the recipe, please let me know what you think.