Posts Tagged ‘Pie’
As fall approaches, I'm already thinking about Thanksgiving pie (or maybe I'm just thinking about pie because pie makes me happy)!
I wanted to make single serving pies that would work at a dinner party or Thanksgiving celebration. These cranberry apple mini pies are simple (even the crust is easy), come out looking beautiful, and are so sweet, tangy, buttery, flaky, and delicious, your guests will love them!
MINI CRANBERRY APPLE PIE RECIPE
- 2 1/2 cups of flour
- 2 teaspoons of sugar
- 1 cup butter (2 sticks)
- 1/2 teaspoon of salt
- 1/2 cup cold water
- 2 cups cranberries
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 apples
- Zest from one orange (about 2 teaspoons)
- 1 large egg
- 1 tablespoon water
- Coarse sugar
Start by preparing the dough for the pie crust. If you want to use pre-made crust, you can skip ahead, and probably finish the whole recipe in about 20 minutes. But crust is pretty fun to make. The main trick to making a pie crust using butter, is keeping it as cool as possible while you make it. I store our flour in the freezer, and about 15 minutes before we start, I also put the mixing bowl in the freezer.
Cube the butter, and put it in a food processor with the flour, salt, and sugar. Mix for about 30 seconds. It will have almost a breadcrumb texture. Pour into the chilled mixing bowl. If you don't have a food processor, you can do this by hand in the mixing bowl. Use a pastry cutter or your hands to blend the butter.
Add 1/4 cup of the cold water, and mix it with your hands. I like to grab and twist, making sure to work the bottom and sides of the bowl. When the water is absorbed, add another 1/4 cup of cold water. That should be enough to pull the dough together. If it still seems crumbly like in the picture below, work in another couple tablespoons of cold water.
Sprinkle some flour on your work surface and knead the dough just a couple times to work into a nice smooth ball. Cover it in plastic wrap, and put it in the fridge for at least 30 minutes to rest while you work on the filling.
Add the cranberries to a saucepan over medium heat. I don't add any water because I want a thick filling. Stir occasionally, and when the berries start to pop, you can add 1/2 cup sugar, and the orange zest. Let it simmer on medium-low heat for about 15 minutes until you get thick jam like texture.
Peel and core the apples, and dice them. Take the cranberries off the heat, and stir in the apples.
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
Take the dough out of the fridge, sprinkle some more flour on your workspace and roll it out to about 1/16th of an inch thick. I use a 3 inch biscuit cutter to cut two pieces of dough for each pie (top and bottom). You could also cut it into 3 inch squares with a knife. Put the bottom pieces on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper or a silpat.
Make your egg wash by beating the egg and adding 1 tablespoon of water. Brush around the perimeter of the bottom pieces to help seal the pie. Spoon about a tablespoon of filling into the center of each bottom piece.
Cut an "X" into the center of each top piece, then lay them over the bottom pieces, gently pressing the edges all the way around to seal.
Brush the whole top with the egg wash, then generously sprinkle sanding sugar over the top.
Bake for about 15 minutes, until golden brown. Let them cool before eating, and be careful of the hot, but delicious filling!
Makes about 16 mini-pies.
Total time: 1 hour
And definitely serve them with ice cream!!
Baking and cooking are two of my favorite things to do, so I'm excited that baking and cooking parties have become a major trend on our site.
What's great about them is the built-in activity, the fact that your guests don't go home hungry, and these parties are easy to personalize!
Here are some of my favorite baking and cooking parties from our site... You'll be blown away.
Corrie S's Let's Bake Party! - What an amazing baking backdrop and table. I love the banner made out of cooking utensils and the cupcake liner garland. It really sets the stage for the whole party.
Jennifer H's Papa's Pizzeria Party - I don't know where to start... from the fantastic dessert table, to the pizza box invitations, to the personalized chef's hats, to the place setting activities. Overall, fantastic job!!
Donna C's Little Miss Homemaker Party -- Not only did the guests bake apple pies but they also got to sew headbands (and apply lipstick)! What perfect little homemakers... My grandmother would approve. Plus, the cake and decorations are beautiful.
Adriana A's Pink Baking Party -- Here the guests made pizzas and flower cookie topiaries. Plus, don't miss the invitations with real cooking utensils. I want one of those.
MKR Creations' Chef Jr.'s 10th Birthday -- And who says cooking and baking parties have to be for girls? Here's a pizza making party for a ten-year-old boy held at a local California Pizza Kitchen.
Hayley's MasterChef Birthday Party -- While no actual baking occurred at this party (just decorating), if you like MasterChef, you will love the creativity of this party!
For more ideas and inspiration, take a look at all the baking and cooking parties on our site. I'm a big fan of this trend!
We're seeing a lot of mini desserts for Thanksgiving. What's great about them is they're self-serve, so no need to worry about cutting cakes and pies, and also they're cute and precious, adding an interesting visual to your dessert spread. Some great ideas for mini desserts are cupcakes, pies, crisps, caramel apples, trifle, tartlets, petit fours, and cheesecakes. Here are some ideas from parties on our site to inspire you...
Paula M's I am Thankful For... Celebration
Brandy K's Neighborhood Outdoor Fall Movie Night
Katie H's Fall Pumpkin Celebration
Amanda P's Thanksgiving Dessert Table
This TRENDS post is all about the gorgeous dessert tables we've seen on our site. I've highlighted both traditional tables as well as some variations. So here goes...
THE CLASSY TABLE From Terri G's A 40th Birthday Party
Here's what's on Terri's table:
- Chocolate covered Oreos in a houndstooth print done by Sweeties by Kim
- Strawberry linzer cookies done by Olaha Bakery
- Decorated sugar cookies
- Cake pops
- Oreo truffles
- Licorice candy
- Coconut cupcakes with cream cheese icing
- Strawberry bars
- Chocolate covered pretzels
- "Blinged" out water
- 4 dozen roses
Here's what's on Mandy's table:
- Cake pops
- Chocolate pretzels
- Chinese takeout boxes filled with watermelon hard candies, toffee, and salt water taffy
- Homemade milk chocolate hearts
- Vanilla pudding in shot glasses
- Chocolate dipped marshmallows on skewers
- Large martini glasses filled with bunches of grapes
Here's what's on Kristin's table:
- Red velvet cupcakes with blue colored cream cheese butter cream frosting
- Lemon vanilla cupcakes with green colored lemon butter cream frosting
- Green and blue candy cane sticks and gummy candies
- Doublemint Gum
- Blue heart lollipops from Michael's
- Blue and green foil covered mini chocolate eggs
Here what's on Lauryn's table:
- A yellow and white striped fondant covered cake with yellow and white fondant daisies. The cake is a yellow cake with alternating layers of chocolate and vanilla frosting.
- Mini cookies 'n cream sunflower cupcakes
- Mini banana chocolate chip cupcakes with fluffy vanilla frosting
- Blondie hearts
- Mini lemon cheesecakes with graham cracker crust
- Chocolate cake pops dipped in yellow and white chocolate
- Yellow and white salt water taffy
- Yellow and white gumballs
- Yellow, white and green jelly beans
- Yellow M&Ms
- Gummy frogs
- Sour gummy apple rings
- Yellow rock candy
- Bags with "Jacqueline HEARTS Scot" printed on them, so guests could take candy and desserts home
Here's what's on Courtney's table:
- White chocolate covered pretzels
- Yellow, blue, and green chocolate candies
- Vanilla butter cream cupcakes
- White chocolate covered strawberries
- Chocolate and vanilla cookies
Here's what's on Leslie's table:
- Key lime pie
- Chocolate pecan pie
- Buttermilk pie
- Rhubarb apple pie pockets
- Mini pumpkin, apple, and peach pies
Here's what's on Chris's table:
- Oatmeal chocolate chip cookies
- White chocolate and butterscotch chip cookies
- Peanut butter filled cookies
- Apple spice drops
- Brownie bites
- Plain milk
- Chocolate milk
Here's what's on Brittany's table:
- Vanilla and regular Oreos
- Banana Moon Pies
- Black licorice
- Hershey's miniatures with custom "bee" wrappers
- Lemon jelly beans
- Blackberry jellybeans
- Black raspberry Now n' Laters
- Bee pops
- Custom cupcakes