I was walking around the 4th of July Parade with a little tray inspired by vintage cigarette girls.
Way better than cigarettes, the tray was full of cake pops that I was selling.
And mini raspberry pies that I attached to a spoon.
As I passed the crowds in my white halter dress I giggled, "It's the cupcake parade!"
I got a few laughs out of that.
I heard a lots of kids saying, "I want one!"
There is this huge battle right now in the media.
Are cupcakes dying? Is pie the next big "thing?"
A lot of people in my area ask me where the old school bakeries went.
This is where I came up with the mini pies on a spoon.
They are sort of like a cupcake. A small serving, but it is very tasty and so filling!
There is something about eating a pie off of a spoon that makes life an indulgent treat. If even for that mini moment.
You can try it too!
Most important Ingredient: Love and Patience. Love always makes everything I make taste better.
My favorite fruits to use inside of this mini pie so far: Strawberries and Raspberries.
Mini Pie Filling Recipe:
1 Cup of Sugar
3 T + 2 tsp Corn Starch
3 T Corn Syrup
1 1/2 Cups of Water
4 T strawberry or raspberry gelatin
1 Quart of Strawberries or Raspberries
Slice strawberries. They don't need to be perfect little slices. It is ok if there are chunks. Eating a pie with random different chunks & shapes of strawberries is more fun!
1. In a pan on the stove, whisk sugar and cornstarch together
2. Add Corn Syrup & Water
3. Continue to whisk until boiling.
4. Once boiling, whisk for 5 minutes continuously.
5. Take off stove and add Jello.
6. Let the mixture cool.
7. Once cooled, add strawberries to the mixture.
8. Then add to your mini pies! You can cut a large opening into the end of your pastry bag & pipe the filling into your mini pies. Or just use a spoon. It's really up to you. ♥
I used a pre-made, roll out pie crust for these. (Pillsbury is the best!) If I feel very motivated, my pie crust recipe from scratch is a magical secret handed down to me from a friend.
I recommend you use a pie crust recipe that has a story like this behind it if you are going to make one from scratch! It just adds the *LOVE*.
1. Spray a mini muffin pan with non-stick spray.
2. I cut the pie crust into mini squares with my pastry cutter and formed them into muffin shapes in the mini cupcake pan.You can flute the edges if you want to get really fancy schmancy.
3. I filled them with the yummy strawberry pie filling and used my left over pie crust to lattice the top of the pie. ♥
4. I baked my mini pies in the oven at 450 for 10 minutes. And another 15 minutes at 350 or until golden brown.
5. I removed the mini pies from the oven and let them cool for about 45 minutes.
This is where all the cuteness comes together:
You will need:
Woodsies (A Package of Wooden Craft Spoons you can get at your local craft store)
Candy Wafers (I chose red because it looks pretty)
A Melting Pot or a bowl & a Microwave
1. Line your countertop with parchment paper.
2. Line up all of your sweet mini pies in a row on top of the parchment paper.
3. Melt your candy wafers in a melting pot or for 30 seconds in a bowl in the microwave.
3. Take out your wooden spoons.
4. Dip the wide "spoon end" in the melted candy wafers.
5. Immediately "glue" the spoon to the pie like shown here:
Let the spoon on the pie cool for about 15-20 minutes.
If this is for a gift, you can tie a ribbon to the spoon.
Or if the pie is for you, just eat it and enjoy!