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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Mini Cherry Pie -Step by Step Pics

Cherries are in season now and so caught hold of these cuties to prepare this scrumptious pies.Pies/pastries are my kids favorite any time and this time,I tried out these mini versions with cherries.This is handy and can  be easily served as individual portions.They liked (loved) this a lot and have demanded for more next time.These have a pastry like texture with the sweet cherry filling.I have tried a few recipes with cherry in  the previous years(listed below).You can prepare the pie dough well in advance and can be freezed or refrigerated.This will make the work easier.Do give this a try and enjoy !!

Adapted  joy of baking and here
for pie crust
all purpose flour 1 1/4 cup
butter 1 stick;cubed(113g)
sugar 1 tsp
salt 1/4 tsp
cold water 1 tbsp-3 tbsp

for filling
fresh cherries 2 cup
corn starch 2 tbsp
butter 2 tsp
sugar 1/4 cup
lemon juice 1 tsp
vanilla extract 1/2 tsp
salt a pinch

for pie crust dough
  • Sift the flour,salt and sugar until combined well.Add in the cubed butter and pulse if using a blender or food processor or using your hands,mix until the mixture is crumbly in texture.Pour water in the crumbled mixture so that the dough comes together when pinched(not a solid smooth ball).Transfer this onto a lightly floured surface and bring together to form a ball.Flatten this in a 5" circle and then cover with a cling wrap.Refrigerate for 30 minutes until its firm enough to roll out.

for making filling
  • Wash and pit the cherries,cut in half.Mix the sugar,salt,corn starch,vanilla extract,lemon juice.Mix it well and let it sit for 10-15 minutes until its coated well.

for final assembling
  • Pre heat oven to 400 degrees F and keep a muffins pan ready.
  • Uncover the cling wrap and roll out the refrigerated dough on a lightly floured surface until 1/4 " thick.Using a 2 1/2 "-3" cookie cutter/lid ,cut out round shapes.Place these round shapes in the muffin cups by snuggling placing the edges.Place each cut out rounds in each cup.With the remaining dough,roll it again and cut out thin strips.
  • Place a tbsp of filling in each and then using each strip place on top to give a cover/lattice.
  • Place and bake at 400 degrees F for 25-30 mins.Cool down completely and then using a knife run through the edges and scoop out on  a plate.
  • Enjoy as a dessert or just like that !!

Servings ~6-7 pies

*Double the quantity of pie crust dough and filling to make a large single pie of 9" size or 12 mini pies.
* You can prepare the pie dough and can freeze over a month.Thaw the dough in refrigerator overnight before using.

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