We often make little pies in our Pampered Chef muffin stone. We both get up so early that we don't have time to eat breakfast at home, so we always take it with us. Sometimes it's hot cereal made beforehand (oatmeal or Malto Meal). Occasionally scrambled eggs. Biscuits and sausage. Sometimes we're lazy and do yogurt and snack bars (Clif bars or granola bars). For a special treat, I make fruit pies for us. I took these pictures back in April and never got around to making a blog post, so here they are now, with recipe. I say 'tin' because muffin tins are common, but ours is made of stone.
Slightly altered New Way to Cook recipe. Cream Cheese rather than Sour Cream, like our Biscuit recipe. Although these days we use full-fat dairy rather than low fat or fat-free. Also, like the biscuits, I make this in my Kitchenaid mixer.
Amounts below are enough for a muffin tin’s worth of little pahs.
2 Cups flour
1 or 2 tsp Sugar
1 tsp Salt
½ tsp Baking Powder BAKING SODA!*
1 stick Butter (8 Tablespoons)
½ Brick Cream Cheese
Few Tbsp Ice Water or Buttermilk if you have it on hand
Mix dry ingredients. Cut in butter and cream cheese; mix till coarse and crumbly. Add liquid a little at a time until it holds together. DO NOT knead it smooth.
*BAKING SODA! July 2015: We were out of Baking Powder (I know, right? Me?! Out of Baking Powder?!) so I subbed Baking Soda. OH! The pie crust was flaky and crispy! Such a minor change! But if you know anything about baking, it is like Chemistry - tiny changes can alter the results. Sometimes in a good way!
Form into a disc and wrap in plastic wrap – place on plate in fridge and chill. Actually now I line my 8x8 glass pan with plastic wrap, press the pie crust into the bottom, cover it and chill. That way when I take it out I can easily cut into 12 even pieces - a disc is difficult to divide evenly.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees
For muffin tin pahs, cut the piecrust into 12 even chunks, then roll into balls with rolling pin. Gather the circle of dough and press into the muffin tin well, then press out to the sides. This is not an exact science - just press the piecrust into place until it fits reasonbly well. It's just pie!
Prepare Fruit Filling:
About 4 apples is the right amount for apple pie. Or a bag of frozen berries thawed.
Mix fruit with: ¼ cup flour, ½ Cup regular or brown sugar.
After you fill the pies, cut a slice of 1 Tbsp of butter, and cut that slice into quarters – place a quarter square of butter on top of each muffin pah.
Bake 400 degrees for about 20-30 minutes
Fruit will be bubbly and crust will be browned.
Remove pahs from muffin tin to cool.
And don't be leaning over it wearing a jeweled hair net. ; ) "Oh look! The pie!"