Mini Blueberry Pies

This weekend is the Great American Pie Festival!  There are baking competitions, a pie creation station, and the NEVERENDING PIE BUFFET.  I’ve been to this before, and believe me, the pie buffet is daunting.  Not only do they have pie, but usually there are one or two ice cream tables so you can have your pie a la mode.  My favorite pies are typically the fruity kind, but I’m happy with a custard pie or a cream pie.  Really, how can you not be happy after eating pie?

I’ll also be selling these pies at the Central Florida Food Blogger Bake Sale next weekend.  Details about the sale can be found on Julie’s site.  We’re hoping to raise $2000 this year, and would love if you came buy to support the event.  I’ll be posting a few more stuff in the coming week that show what I’ll be making for the sale.

 

adapted from Cook’s Illustrated

Mini Blueberry Pies

Mini Blueberry Pies

Ingredients

Crust
2 c all purpose flour
1 1/2 Tbs sugar
3/4 tsp salt
6 Tbs unsalted butter, chilled and cut into chunks
4 Tbs lard (or vegetable shortening), chilled and cut into chunks
4-5 Tbs ice cold water
Filling
7 c fresh blueberries
1 large Granny Smith apple, peeled and grated on large holes of a cheese grater
2 tsp grated lemon zest
2 tsp fresh lemon juice
¾ c sugar
2 Tbs quick-cook (minute) tapioca, ground (you can use a mini-processor, or a mortar and pestle)
Pinch table salt
1 large egg, lightly beaten with 1 Tbs water

Instructions

  1. For the crust:
  2. Add flour, sugar, and salt to the bowl of a food processor. Pulse a few times to combine. Add butter and shortening and pulse until the dough separates into large pebbles, about 5 pulses.
  3. Add 4 Tbs of water and pulse. Add more water, a tablespoon at a time, if needed. Dough should start to clump together into one mass, but should not feel wet or sticky.Turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface and form into a flat disk. Wrap in plastic and chill for at least 30 minutes.
  4. Take dough out of refrigerator and let sit on the counter for 10 minutes. Unwrap, and roll dough out on a lightly floured surface, forming a 12-inch circle. Periodically turn the dough 90 degrees (a quarter turn) to keep the dough from sticking. Dust the surface with a little more flour if necessary.
  5. Cut out rounds and fit dough into mini pie tins. Leave a 1/4” overhang around the edges. Fold the dough under and press so dough is flush with the edge of the pie tin. Reform scraps into a ball, roll out, and cut dough for remaining tins. Reform scraps, cover, and set aside.
  6. For the filling:
  7. Adjust oven rack to lowest position. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place 3 cups berries in medium saucepan and set over medium heat. Using potato masher, mash berries several times to release juices. Continue to cook, stirring frequently and mashing occasionally, until most of berries have broken down and mixture is thickened and reduced, about 8 minutes. Let cool slightly.
  8. Place grated apple in a few layers of paper towels and wring dry. Transfer apple to large bowl. Add cooked berries, remaining 4 cups uncooked berries, lemon zest, juice, sugar, tapioca, and salt; toss to combine. Transfer mixture to the mini pie tins.
  9. Roll out the remaining pie dough. Cut into decorative shapes (or strips to form a lattice pattern.) Place dough on top of the filling. Brush top crust and edges of pie with egg mixture.
  10. Place pies on a baking sheet and bake for 25 minutes. Reduce heat to 350 degrees and bake until juices bubble and crust is deep golden brown, about 25-30 minutes longer. Transfer pies to wire rack; cool to room temperature, at least 4 hours.
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Sweet Comments:

  1. Ummm I know what I’m having for breakfast on Saturday!!! I can’t wait to try your mini blueberry pie! Blueberry pie is my favorite!

  2. Holly Boardman says:

    I bought one of the blueberry mini-pies at the Winter Garden Harvest Festival. It was delicious. I could tell there was something different about it, and now I know what it is–shredded apple and tapioca instead of the corn starch my mother used. Unfortunately, I don’t bake pies myself (they intimidate me). But I will post this on my facebook page so my sister will see it (and perhaps bake me one).

    Thanks for posting the recipe–and for baking the pies.

    • Kokocooks says:

      Thank you for supporting Share Our Strength, Holly! Hope your sister makes some pie for you soon.

  3. These were so awesome! I wish I would have bought another few, but I did buy the last one :) Great recipe, I’ll have to give it a try!

  4. these are really cute! i love blueberry pie.

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