It's officially Summer and it's the perfect time to go indulge on a picnic with the whole family to take advantage of the lush greens and great, sunny weather!
Of course, no picnic is ever complete without yummy treats packed inside the basket. For quick sweet snacks without the hassle, homemade mini pies will surely satisfy your sweet tooth. Muffin-sized pies are easy to pack and eat on a park, without having to cut and serve on a plate like a traditional-sized pie. The best part? You can fill it with whatever fruit your family adores!
Easy Mini Apple Pies (Honeybear Lane)
If your family loves apples, they'll surely thank you for trying this Easy Mini Apple Pie recipe from Honeybear Lane. This is a good recipe to start with for newbie pie makers. With just three ingredients (four, if you count the sugar you need for sprinkling), it's a pretty easy recipe to pull off!
"The serving size was a little small, you’ll get or 9 out of it. But one is plenty for one person. And if you made them in the mini muffin pan you would probably double or even triple the amount. So just be prepared to purchase a few more pie crusts and fillings to make enough for a large group."
- 2 Pre made pie crusts
- 1 can apple pie filling
- 1 egg white
- sugar for sprinkling
Mini Cream Fruit Pies (Created By Diane)
This Mini Cream Fruit Pie recipe from Created By Diane is a great post to bookmark if you're looking for a recipe that would allow you to create multiple pie flavors in just one go. For those planning their 4th of July picnic, raspberry and blueberry mini pies with star-shaped top crust or whipped cream topping will surely make your gathering extra special.
"I topped the pies with meringue, but if meringue isn’t you thing, you can top them with whipped cream or serve them with ice cream or plain, and sometimes….plain is great. This would be one of those times."
- ⅓ cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon cornstarch
- ¼ cup water
- 1 egg yolk
- 1 teaspoon butter (not tablespoon)
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- slight pinch of salt (tiny amount)
- ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract (if you strawberries aren't ripe add ¼ teaspoon strawberry extract also)
- FRUIT (1 banana, 4oz other fruit approx. 1 cup)
Mini Peach Raspberry Pies (Hello, Wonderful)
This Mini Peach Raspberry Pie recipe from Hello, Wonderful not only looks beautifully rustic - it tastes even better than it looks! The combination of the tartness of the raspberries and the sweetness of the peaches blends perfectly with the toasty, buttery goodness of the crust. If you want a diet-friendly version of this recipe, substitute Stevia for sugar and use low-calorie butter instead of the regular kind.
"This recipe takes advantage of fresh seasonal fruit with easy steps along the way that kids can follow. Plus, who can turn down pie?"
- 4 prepared pie crust circles (you can purchase ready made or make your own)
- 12 oz fresh raspberries
- 2 lbs fresh peaches, diced
- 1/4 cups flour
- 1/2 cups brown sugar
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 egg + 1 tbsp milk (to brush on top)
- 2 tbsp butter, diced (to dot on top of each pie before baking)
- sugar (for sprinkling top of crust before baking)
Ludy's Kitchen Baking Tip:
Before popping the pie in the oven, brush the top crust and edges with egg wash or milk to result in a golden brown hue.
Make cooking a lot easier and more enjoyable by using good quality silicone baking mats. Not only are silicone mats sturdy and durable. Because they're non-stick, you can also cut your clean-up time in half.