Blueberry Cutie Pies

Easy as Pie, right?  This recipe is! :)  These adorable mini pies are the perfect snack to watch your portion control and are much more fun to eat, getting the delicious crust ends in every bite!

(recipe from marthastewart.com)

Ingredients

  • 20 ounces (5 cups) blueberries
  • 3/4 cup sugar, plus more for sprinkling
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • All-purpose flour, for surface
  • Pate Brisee
  • 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 tablespoon heavy cream
  • Whipped Cream, for serving

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Gently toss blueberries with sugar, cornstarch, and salt in a large bowl.
  2. On a floured surface, roll 1 disk of pate brisee to 1/8-inch thickness. Using a 5 1/2-inch biscuit cutter, cut out 6 rounds. Drape each round over a 4-inch fluted tart pan with a removable bottom, and press dough into bottom and up sides of pan. Edges will be flush with rims. Roll remaining disk of dough to 1/8-inch thickness. Cut out 6 more 5 1/2-inch rounds.
  3. Fill each tart pan (or you can use a muffin pan) with 3/4 cup blackberry mixture, mounding berries in the center. Dot berries with butter. Center 1 of the remaining dough rounds on top of 1 tart pan. Gently press top and bottom edges of dough together to seal, and then pinch sealed edges. Repeat with remaining rounds. Transfer pies to a rimmed baking sheet, and freeze or refrigerate until firm, 15 to 20 minutes.
  4. Lightly whisk yolk and heavy cream in a small bowl. Brush the top of each pie with egg wash, and sprinkle with sugar. Cut 4 vent holes in the top of each with a paring knife.
  5. Bake for 30 minutes. Rotate baking sheet, and reduce heat to 375 degrees. Bake until berries are bubbling and crust is deep golden brown, about 30 minutes. Let pies cool in pans on a wire rack for 30 minutes. Unmold, and let pies cool completely on wire rack. Serve with whipped cream.

Baked Apples with Pecans

Thanksgiving is right around the corner.  Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays because it starts the Christmas season and the idea of gathering with my family and eating delicious homemade food makes my mouth water every year.  Since I have yet to cook a turkey, I usually try to bring something simple like a dessert or a side (baby steps).  Baked apples are so delicious and festive so I knew this would be the perfect recipe to share and you only need a few ingredients!

Ingredients:

  • 4 tart green apples
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 bag pecans
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Scoop out the core from top of the apple, leaving a well. Do not cut all the way through. Stuff each apple with 2 tablespoons brown sugar, 1 tablespoon butter, and pecans. Place in a shallow baking dish and sprinkle with cinnamon.
  3. Bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes, until sugar begins to caramelize and apples are tender.