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Sunday, July 3, 2011

Blackberry Mini-Pies


INDEPENDENCE.  I thought I might escape my proverbial "4th of July Pie Guilt Trip" this year. It's no secret I have a fear of this All-American dessert - which everyone seems to make  - much better than I (or is that 'me')?  I'd gladly have passed on Baked Sunday Mornings Blackberry Pie selection, if it weren't for my dad. On a Costco outing yesterday, we stood looking a their selection of organic blackberries. He raved how much he loved this berry. After that surge of guilt ran through me, along with an eye roll - into my cart they went. 



Knowing I'd have to make pie dough especially for this BAKED dessert was a possible "out" for me - until I opened my freezer and stared at a Ziploc bag with not just ordinary pie dough -but BAKED pie dough. Gee, thanks.



Even with my limited knowledge of pie-making, I questioned the recipe's instructions to "fold under and crimp" the bottom crust. Since this is a double crust, isn't it normal to crimp "after" the top crust is applied? Like an idiot, I crimped. Then re-crimped it all over again with the top crust. I made two mini-pies, so you can imagine the carpal-tunnel-crimping involved.

After a few stabs with the knife, egg wash and sanding sugar - my obligatory 4th of July pies were made. I hope they're half as delicious as they smelled (as I'm sure the BAKED boys wouldn't disappoint). They escaped my taste-test, as I delivered them to my folks - along with a sparkler.

•  HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY  • 
     
   – mike 





19 comments:

Pamela said...

Stunning! That first photo is drool worthy!

AmyRuth said...

Well ... You Dad surely knows how to push your buttons! he he he Love that snaggly berry drool on the pie and they are beautiful of course.
AmyRuth

Di said...

I'm sure the pies were much appreciated. =) I really need to make some mini pies--I got pie pans during the holidays, but still haven't used them. Maybe peach pie...

TeaLady said...

If this is what happens when you DON'T make a good pie I would hate to see what you do on a good day!! (Did that come out right!!) THAT pie looks wonderful!!

Katie said...

Adorable pies! How lucky to find a pie crust in your freezer! I wish my freezer were bigger to store things like that!

Candy Girl said...

Great minds think alike - I made mini pies too! I love your little pie tins. Your pies are perfect and your parents are very lucky!

Kayte said...

Those look great...you are such a star over here.

I am curious, too, about that whole crimping thing...I have never done it twice around like that before, wonder why that is for this recipe?

Rebecca said...

Your dad is lucky to have you! Your pie is stunning.

Jessica said...

Those pies look incredible! I am so jealous of your blackberry haul - they're much harder to find out east (why, when they grow like weeds in the west?). I'm sure they were delicious, especially with all that extra crimping.

Sis. Boom. said...

They look great! And I am equally pie phobic as I don't do crust very often but I'm learning. Love the sanding sugar effect so I will steal that one next time I do a pie...because I can.

Bourbonnatrix said...

wow, your pics are beautiful, as are your pies :)

Jaime said...

Stunning pictures, Mike! They made me drool. Well done!

spike. said...

well, they look amazing! Especially the blackberry dripping out of the pie. yum

Chaya said...

I wish my pie crusts came out as good looking. Beautiful pies.

Anonymous said...

These look delicious. I would love to make these, but I need to buy those pie pans. Where did you get them?

Elaine said...

Your pie just looks perfect, Mike! I love that first picture. :) I am so glad that you made this recipe.

Kenn said...

Mmmmmmm the pie looks so tempting! I love it!

Sheri said...

Mike - can you contact me re: Baked Sunday Mornings?

Kris' Kitchen said...

Your post is delightful and your pies look perfect. How nice to give them to your folks, but you miss out on tasting a great pie...I suggest you make one for yourself really soon.