Mini Pies

I LOVE pie! I mean who doesn’t. Jeff and I are even considering having pie at our wedding instead of cake (although I’m not completely sold on that yet). So with the holiday season in full swing I wanted to share these super cute pies. I can never quite decide what kind of pie I am in the mood for so this year I made mini pies so that we could have a couple of each kind. I made cherry, pumpkin, apple and sweet potato along with maple whipped cream- I may have gotten a little carried away.

mini cherry pie

I made these cute little guys by using muffin tins- I have seen them done in mason jar lids as well- maybe that will be next year’s project! To get the size right for the base I used a peanut butter lid but any large circle would work to cut out the base. Then take your pie filling and fill each cup 3/4 full and bake for 20 minutes at 375. For my apple pie I added a crumble to the top and added some decorative touches to the cherry pies.
cherry pie

This was my first time making sweet potato pie and I have to say I think after this year it will be a staple in out home. A coworker of mine shared this recipe with me.  It can easily be changed to a full pie just bake as you would a pumpkin pie- about an hour or so.

 

mini pie

Ingredients 
4 medium sweet potatoes
1/2 stick butter, softened
1/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 eggs, beaten
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup evaporated milk
1 unbaked pie crust
Maple Whipped Cream
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1/4 confectioners’ sugar
2 tablespoons maple syrup

Directions
Preheat oven to 350 degree F.
Bake sweet potatoes for 1 hour in the oven on a baking sheet. When done, let cool. Scrape the pulp out of the skin, transfer to a large bowl, and mash. Set aside.
In a bowl, mix together butter, sugar, and brown sugar until creamy. Add in eggs, vanilla, and spices. Once the spices have been mixed in add evaporated milk and stir into mashed sweet potatoes. Once that is all mixed together add the filling to an unbaked pie crust
Bake for about 60 minutes at 350. For mini pies bake for about 20 or until center is firm

Maple Whipped Cream
In a medium bowl, beat together whipping cream and confectioners’ sugar. Add maple syrup. Beat together until soft peaks form.

mini pie

 

pie

 

mini pies

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