April 8, 2008

Many Mini Pies (12 times fast)

The initial ideas for many mini pies originated from a conversation with some friends about baking mini pies, but because mini and many are homophones no one could agree on whether to make many pies or mini pies. And then came the issue of, if we made mini pies, how many mini pies do we make? And how mini should they be?  You can see our dilemma. We decided the mini-ness should be determined by the equipment available to us. Therefore, we used our muffin pan. But feel free to make them as mini and into as many as you'd like. Perhaps a mini muffin pan? These amazing  friends we spoke of watched after Little O for us last weekend while we were on a date.  We made them many mini pies as a thank you. 
Many Mini Pies
We used a recipe we were given for the crust, but any vegan pie crust will do just fine.  And we've got a few disclaimers.  These take quite awhile to put together.  Also, the filling makes a ton.  We only made 12, but we could have gotten at least 24 if we'd had the time.

Blueberry Pie Filling
3 cups blueberries (I used frozen)
4 T corn starch
2 T water
1/3 cup sugar

Mix the corn starch, water and sugar. Pour 
over the blueberries. 
Set aside for about 1/2 hour.

Strawberry Pie Filling
1 quart strawberries, stemmed and chopped
3 T corn starch
2 T water 
1/3 cup sugar

Mix the corn starch, water and sugar. Pour over the strawberries.
Set aside for about 1/2 hour.

Assembly of Many Mini Pies

Preheat your oven to 400. 
Oil your muffin pan. 
Roll out your pie dough.
Using a circular object, slightly larger than your muffin tins, cut out circles from your dough. 
I had some trouble getting them into the pan neatly. After some experimenting I found that cutting them into Pac Man shapes first helped. Then I use some water to help them stick together again.  And, now, for all you visual learners, the pictorial.
Spoon in some filling (about 1 T). 
Bake for about 25 minutes.
I mean, you've got 12 pies, you can't take all those down yourself.


Grace said...

i'm pretty confident i could devour 12 mini pies by myself. it's a noble goal, and i'll let you know how it works out. :)

springsandwells said...

So Cute!
I love mini pies. What a good idea. Seems like an especially nice summery treat.


meghan: sugar-shock.blogspot.com said...

cheers to all things wee and delicious! yum!

jessy said...

these look amazing!

and i thought you all might like to play.....

tag! you're it! i'm tagging you to name five things about yourself that others may not know.

in the post, link back to my blog, and tag five others (also linking to their blogs).

i'm sorry if you've done this one before!


Vanillaorchid said...

so cuteeeeeeeee and yummyyyyyyy!!