mini cherry pies

May 26, 2014

in Pies & Tarts

I was so excited to find cherries over the weekend that mini pies were in order (the California cherry season is expected to be incredibly brief, so I’m hoarding as many cherries as I can!). To complement the sweet and juicy fruit, I made my flaky graham pie crust – the touch of cinnamon and nutmeg adds welcome warmth to these perfectly portioned pies.

Mini Cherry Pies | Tutti Dolci For the filling, I let the fruit shine and tossed the cherries with sugar, a touch of lemon juice, and cinnamon. With an ideal filling-to-crust ratio and built-in portability, these pies are a must for summer picnics and BBQs.

Mini Cherry Pies | Tutti Dolci

Mini Cherry Pies | Tutti Dolci

Mini Cherry Pies | Tutti Dolci

Mini Cherry Pies

Yield: 12 mini pies

Calories per serving: 250

Mini Cherry Pies

Ingredients

    Graham Pie Crust
  • 1 cup cold unsalted butter, divided
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup graham flour
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • pinch of nutmeg
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup low-fat buttermilk
  • 3-4 Tbsp vodka
  • Filling
  • 3 cups Bing cherries, pitted and halved
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 1/8 tsp cinnamon
  • pinch of salt
  • Egg Wash
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 Tbsp water
  • Turbinado sugar

For the crust, grate 1/2 cup butter into a small bowl; cut remaining 1/2 cup butter into small cubes and place in a second bowl; chill bowls in freezer for 15 minutes. Whisk together flour, graham flour, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt in a medium bowl; place bowl in freezer to chill for 15 minutes. Chill buttermilk and vodka in freezer for 15 minutes.

Sprinkle cubed butter over chilled flour mixture and toss with a spatula to coat. Use a pastry blender to cut in butter until the biggest pieces are the size of peas; fold in grated butter. Drizzle buttermilk over flour mixture; use a spatula to gather dough together until it forms large clumps. If needed, add vodka 1 tablespoon at a time, then gently knead just to form a ball. Divide dough in half, wrap each half in plastic and flatten slightly to form a disc. Chill in the refrigerator at least 1 hour (or up to 2 days, or place in a freezer bag and freeze 1 to 2 months).

Working with one disc of dough at a time, place dough on a floured board and dust dough with flour. Roll out dough (roll dough in one direction, then lift up dough and rotate a quarter turn and roll, then repeat) until dough is just shy of 1/4-inch thick. If dough starts to stick, use a bench scraper to lift dough from board. Lightly dust a 3 1/2-inch round cutter with flour and punch out 9 circles; place each circle into a standard muffin tin cup and press dough against the sides (gently gather scraps into a ball and chill). Repeat with remaining disc of dough, punching out 3 more circles (for a total of 12; reserve remaining dough for lattice top). Chill muffin tin in the refrigerator while assembling filling.

For the filling, combine cherries, lemon juice, sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon, and salt in a medium bowl, tossing to combine. Let filling stand for 15 minutes. Meanwhile, use a sharp knife to cut remaining dough into 48 strips (3 1/2" by 1/2"). If necessary, use chilled scraps as well (re-roll one time only). Scoop 1/4 cup of filling into each muffin cup. Arrange four strips per cup in a lattice pattern; trim edges, pressing to seal against each cup. Whisk egg yolk and water together in a small bowl. Brush lattice tops lightly with egg wash; sprinkle with turbinado sugar. Chill pan in the freezer for 15 minutes.

Preheat oven to 400°F, with a rimmed baking sheet inside. Place muffin tin on preheated baking sheet and bake for 22 minutes, or until golden and bubbling. Cool muffin tin on a wire rack for at least 30 minutes before sliding pies out of pan with an offset spatula.

Notes

Inspired by hello, Wonderful

http://tutti-dolci.com/2014/05/mini-cherry-pies/

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35 Comments

1 Jess @ Sweet Menu May 27, 2014

They are the cutest pie ever! What a great idea to use the muffin tin. Cherry season is the best!

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2 Maureen | Orgasmic Chef May 27, 2014

These are so cute and who doesn’t LOVE cherry pie??

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3 Jennifer @ Seasons and Suppers May 27, 2014

Cherry pie is my absolute favourite and yours look perfect. Love the lattice!

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4 Tieghan May 27, 2014

Um, wow! These are perfection in a bite! Beautiful and I love the touch of cinnamon!

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5 Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough May 27, 2014

These pies are perfection! I literally squealed when I saw cherries arrive at the grocery store — now I know what to do with the bags upon bags I plan to buy of them. :)

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6 Jessica | Portuguese Girl Cooks May 27, 2014

Oh my goodness these are so cute! I can’t wait for cherry season!

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7 Cookin Canuck May 27, 2014

I love the sound of that graham flour crust! What perfect flavors to go with fresh cherries.

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8 Matt Robinson May 27, 2014

These are perfect for a summer BBQ or picnic! We are hoarding our cherries as well here:)

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9 Mercedes May 27, 2014

I always think mini pies look like more trouble than they are worth, but you have just proved me wrong! These are so adorable and look delicious!

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10 cheri May 27, 2014

Cherries are my all time favorite summer fruit, your little pies are adorable and a great way to celebrate this wonderful fruit.

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11 Liz May 27, 2014

These mini cherry pies are adorable! And I find it tough to make a lattice pie on one crust, but you did it expertly on many!!! Amazing!

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12 Maria@PinkPatisserie May 27, 2014

Can’t wait for cherries to make it to Washington! These are adorable Laura. Little pies of perfection.

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13 Valerie May 27, 2014

Adorable!! Love the graham crust & cherry combo. xo

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14 Kate @ Diethood May 27, 2014

WANT! Gawdgeous mini pies!! I bought some cherries the other day and I kinda ate ‘em all on my way home… in the car. haha :)

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15 Lizzy (Good Things) May 27, 2014

The weather really turned here overnight, so it’s delightful to see snippets of summer via your cooking, Laura!

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16 Toni May 27, 2014

Could you make these in squares like you did the little apple pies

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17 Tutti Dolci May 27, 2014

Hi Toni, yes! When I made the apple pies, I used a 2 1/2 inch square cutter. I’d use a larger cutter to accommodate the cherries, or I’d quarter the cherries so they are not so big for the hand pies. I’d also make the filling just before assembling the pies, so it doesn’t sit too long and get too juicy. Hope that helps!

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18 Deb May 27, 2014

Just gorgeous Laura! I would have to stop myself from eating 2 or 3, they are outstanding!

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19 Flavia May 27, 2014

Laura, these are just lovely! My favorite pie flavor is cherry and I love the unique graham crust. One of the things I want to learn this summer is to make my own homemade cherry pie filling. We don’t have cherries in our markets just yet, but once they arrive, I’ll be right in my kitchen making homemade cherry pie!

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20 cynthia May 27, 2014

These are TOO adorable. And this pie crust sounds to die for — like all the best things about traditional pie crusts and graham cracker crusts rolled into one! I love it.

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21 Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella May 27, 2014

Before the pictures even finished downloading, I knew that I’d love these! :D

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22 Nami | Just One Cookbook May 28, 2014

Going to cherry picking this weekend – I got request from my family that they want to eat your cherry bars. :) Can’t wait. I hope I have time to squeeze in these mini pies before my trip. Hard to resist when they are cute like these! And I LOVE pies…

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23 suzanne Perazzini May 28, 2014

They are the cutest little things. I wish I could eat cherries – I love them.

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24 JJ - 84thand3rd May 28, 2014

Now when you say build-in-portability you mean directly from hand to mouth, right? ;) Love that vintage tin too!

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25 Amy | Club Narwhal May 28, 2014

Laura, EVERYTHING about these darling pies makes me smile! The bright colors, that lattice crust, and of course their mini nature :) These look like the perfect BBQ (or anytime) treat!

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26 Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health May 28, 2014

these are soooo pretty.

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27 Chris @ The Café Sucré Farine May 28, 2014

These are adorable Laura. I’m a cherry nut too and would have been as thrilled as you to find them.

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28 Sylvie | Gourmande in the Kitchen May 28, 2014

I need to get my hands on some cherries stat!

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29 Samina | The Cupcake Confession May 28, 2014

Cinnamon and cherries in pies! Ahhh Life’s good! :)

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30 Lan | morestomach May 29, 2014

these are so adorable, you really put so much loving effort into them, definitely worth the noble cherries. i’m jealous that you have cherries already!

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31 Lisa {AuthenticSuburbanGourmet} May 30, 2014

What darling little pies! A perfect bite for a summer treat.

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32 Kiran @ KiranTarun.com May 30, 2014

Yay for cherry season!! I hope we get our share of this deliciousness soon!

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33 Alice // Hip Foodie Mom May 31, 2014

I love these mini cherry pies so much! If you ask me, everything should be mini! I am making cherry muffins today and will have to make these next week! so beautiful. . I love cherry season! and you are right to take as many now as you can. . I might have to do the same thing!

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34 dina May 31, 2014

these are so cute and look yummy!

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35 Natasha of Natashaskitchen.com June 19, 2014

These are darling! Except I’d probably eat 10 of them myself, but that still leaves two to share! ;) Pinning!

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