Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
See the arrows in the picture below. They show streaks of butter that had not totally been incorporated into the flour. This will be sooooo flaky. You can only get these when you make pie dough by hand!
I used a 4 1/2 inch bowl to cut out the dough that would fit into a regular size muffin tin. Cut out 12 circles.
Fit the circles into the muffin tins. Let dough hand over the each tin’s edge. * Next time I would use more to overhang the edge.
One of my blogging friends, Miss Char, from GRACE AND FAVOR~ A LIFE WORTH LIVING wrote a comment with a really great tip:
Yvonne, I’ve had good luck shaping the bottom crust by turning a muffin tin over and shaping the bottom crust over the bottom and then inserting it into the muffin interior of a matching muffin tin.
Great idea, Thanks Char!
Fill each muffin tin with 2-3 heaping TBS fruit.
Roll out more dough for the top crust. Using a glass that is the size of the top of the muffin tin, cut the tops for each little pie.
Make slits in the top of the pie or use a tiny fondant cutter and cut out a design. I used a star cutout.
Wet the rim of the bottom pie shell and place the top crust on each pie, pinching the edges to seal them. Press the bottom and top crusts together with the tines of a fork.
Make an egg wash by beating an egg with a fork. Brush the top of the pie and sprinkle with sanding sugar.
For Crumb Topping
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup flour
2 TBS room temperature butter
Mix in a bowl with a fork until mixture is crumbly.
Instead of a top crust, a heaping TBS of crumb topping can be used.
Put muffin tin pies in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to chill again.
Remove from frig and put in oven. Bake for 35-40 minutes until the top of the pie is golden.
Remove from oven to a wire rack.
When cooled remove from muffin tin using a knife . * I did not let my little pies cool enough and they were crumbly. Next time I’ll let them cool completely in the muffin tins. They popped out much easier when cooled.
* Next time I might lightly spray the entire pan with cooking spray.
They were delicious! The pie crust was flaky and the fruit had a natural goodness, not too sweet.
I will certainly make these sweet treats again… only this time I won’t repeat my mistakes!
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