Monday, September 5, 2011

Berry Pie Pops

Happy Labor Day to everyone! I am enjoying a very relaxing day at home with my two-month-old son and husband. We had a lovely pancake breakfast, but we really needed something festive to snack on today. I have been watching more Cooking Channel lately and found my new favorite chef, Kelsey Nixon. I absolutely love her show and she makes the most wonderful things! I have only seen two episodes and have 3 foods already bookmarked! At any rate, this was one of the foods I just had to make right away.

With as many pies as I've made over the years, it's surprising that I have never thought to make these cute individual pies. Sometimes when I have to slice pie myself I get a little generous with the portion. These are perfect in that they will always be the perfect portion; no need for guessing! They were absolutely scrumptious, a beautiful presentation, and very easy to make. I wouldn't do the sticks again as I think they would make for fantastic "finger food" at our next family gathering. Hello, these little pies just SCREAM Fourth of July! You've got to try them. You won't be disappointed! The best part is that you can always change the filling to another fruit very easily, too.

Berry Pie Pops
Yields: 8 individual pies


For the dough
1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup unsalted butter, cold, chopped into pea-sized cubes
5-6 Tbsp cold water

For the filling
1 1/2 cup strawberry & raspberry mix, large chopped
1/4 cup plus2 Tbsp sugar
1 1/2 Tbsp cornstarch
1 tsp lemon juice

1 egg beaten
1 Tbsp water
turbinado sugar, for dusting
8 lollipop sticks (optional)


To make the dough, combine flour and salt in a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Mix briefly and while on low speed, add the butter pieces until a coarse mixture develops. Add the water 1 tablespoon at a time until dough forms and is slightly tacky. Roll dough into large ball and wrap in plastic wrap. Keep refrigerated for at least 30 minutes.

While the dough is cooling, make the filling by placing the berries in a small saucepan on medium-high heat. Stir in the sugar, cornstarch and lemon juice. Mix well until liquid forms. Bring mixture to a slight boil and reduce heat to low. Continue to stir mixture occasionally for about 10 minutes, or until a spoon is coated with the liquid. Remove from heat and allow to cool (or place in tupperware and refrigerate for faster cooling).

When ready to assemble and bake, preheat oven to 375°F. Line a large baking sheet with silicone mat or parchment paper. Roll out pie dough onto a well-floured surface. Cut out 16 circles with a large, round cookie cutter (or 28-ounce can). Place 8 rounds on baking sheet.

Mix egg and water in small bowl. Scoop 1 tablespoon of berry filling onto the center of the rounds on baking sheet being sure to leave a small 1/4-inch edge all the way around. Brush edges with the egg mixture. Place a lollipop stick in the middle, if using, and be sure the stick goes almost to the top of the inside of the pies.

Stretch out one of the extra rounds a little bit and then place on top of the round with filling. Press edges together. Using a clean fork, press the edges slightly to be sure they are sealed well. Take a paring knife and cut several slits in the top of the pies for ventilation. Repeat with remaining rounds making a total of 8 individual pies.

Brush the tops with the egg wash mixture and sprinkle the turbinado sugar on top. Bake, uncovered, for about 20 minutes or until golden brown on top. Allow to cool. Filling will be very hot!

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