Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Mini Berry Pies for Fourth of July

  What are you all doing for the Fourth of July? We're looking forward to dinner with friends. If you're looking for a healthy, easy, and festive dessert, try these mini pies. Are they still pies without a bottom crust? If you want more of that buttery delicious crust, just press into the bottoms of jars or ramekins.  These mini pies are perfect for one or two people, or for a crowd. I just made two today for B (3.5) and I for an afternoon treat.


Mini Berry Pies 
printer friendly recipe 
Makes one mini pie

1 cup fresh blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, or diced strawberries
1 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon flour
small pinch lemon zest
one prepared pie crust
 2-3 inch star cookie cutter (optional)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
Stir berries with sugar, flour, and lemon zest. Fill small jars, ramekins, or mini pie or tart dishes. The fruit will cook down, so really pack it in the jars.
Roll out dough on a floured surface. Cut out stars or circles. Brush tops of dough with a little milk or cream and sprinkle with sugar to make it extra pretty and tasty. The top crust now can be done two ways. The crust dough can be placed on the uncooked fruit in the jar at this point and all cooked together. If using a star shape, some of the fruit juice may bubble over the star. For a more perfect shape, place dough cut-outs on a cookie sheet and bake until lightly browned and then top the cooked fruit. If covering the entire top with a circle, cut a slit in the top before baking so steam can escape.
Either way, bake pies for 15 minutes or until bubbly.

27 comments:

  1. We are BBQing..and I am planning on enjoying some delicious festive adult beverages ;) This is just the cutest thing ever..but I would not expect anything less from you ;)

    XO Lindsay

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  2. My 4th is always spontaneous. I always bring out the red, white, and blue stuff and it just happens. Someone is always dropping by. Its a good time. Deb

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  3. Ya know, I love all things in a jar and these are beyond adorable.

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  4. These are so cute and festive!

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  5. Love this idea! So cute and individually sized. And pretty! Thanks for sharing.

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  6. adorable idea, you can have people bring them home easily too.

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  7. These are so cute! What a great idea to use a star cookie cutter!

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  8. These are PRECIOUS. Love the star shapes.

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  9. These are too too cute. L*O*V*E them!!! I love making mini pies too! Thanks so much for linking up! Just love your blog:)

    xoxo Hanna

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  10. how cute are these????? OMG they are amazing! I love coming over to blog and seeing all your wonderful ideas in such beautiful pictures! :)

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  11. THESE are so freak'n adorable. I love how the cookie is sitting on top, like it just came off of the runway in New York!

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  12. Soooo cute!! Love em!

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  13. Those are so cute! Perfect single servings and they look so yummy :)

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  14. Adorable! I love that you made mini pies WITHOUT a huge amount of crust. I see mini pies a lot on blogger but it's really nice to see a version that isn't clogged up with lots of pie crust. :) Please keep doing more healthy desserts that weight conscious people like me can make on occaision. :)

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  15. they look delish, i make a version of these too, i adore things in jars! ... plus your gorgeous pics :)

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  16. Very cute decoration! Happy 4th of July and warm regards from Germany

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  17. These are adorable and sound delicious!

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  18. Too cute! I love this!

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  19. Cute, Fun, Delicious....Trifecta of Greatness. :) Love this post! Thank you!

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  20. Such a great idea, thanks! I'll be making these this weekend for sure.

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  21. What wonderful pictures and a great looking way to use jars and celebrate the 4th! Come over and visit us today. We have a great chilled soup recipe and a give away from the Fairy Hobmother.

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  22. What a fun idea! thank you!....smiles.

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  23. Too cute! Have a happy 4th!

    http://btanders.blogspot.com

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  24. These look too cute! I love filling but am not a big fan of crust. These are perfect for me! Thanks for sharing. I'm featuring these on my blog tomorrow. Stop by and grab a button. I'm now following :)
    -Maggie
    http://chicaesartistica.blogspot.com

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  25. Hi there! Here visiting from Serenity Now link party :) I'm also a California girl :0)
    I love this idea and not only does it look cute and festive but going by the recipe it seems like it's very yummy! Love it!

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  26. This is so adorable and classy! Great treat idea. I featured you on my blog today, swing by and grab a featured button if you'd like :)
    Ashton
    www.somethingswanky.com

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