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This is a really fun recipe I use for the Holidays and parties! ^-^
The steps listed below will make approximately one/one-and-a-half batches of twelve mini mixed-berry pies.  Just use a regular muffin tin, and you can use paper muffin cups if you like, but if you don't I recommend spraying the ENTIRE muffin tin (not just the cups) before putting in the dough to help them come out easier. :)

The Oven will need to be pre-heated to 350 degrees before the pies can go in the oven.


Dough Ingredients:

2 1/2 cups flour
1/4 cup sugar
2 teaspoons of salt
1/2 cup shortening (I generally use Crisco)
3/4 cup butter (chilled)
6 Tablespoons of ice water


Making the dough:

1.)  Cut up butter into medium-sized cubes and return it to the refrigerator for later use.

2.)  Cut up the shortening and drop in chunks into a bowl of ice water.

3.)  In a separate bowl (large), combine flour, sugar and salt and then mix well.

3.)  After they are chilled, remove the shortening from ice water, the butter from the fridge, and then add them both to the flour.

4.)  Using a pastry cutter (or two knives), cut and stir the butter and shortening into the flour. Don't over-mix, there should be some small lumps of butter and shortening in the flour mixture.  This will keep your crust from turning our rock-hard after it's cooked.

5.)  Add 6 Tablespoons of ice water to the flour/butter mixture. Using a spoon or rubber spatula, (or both :3), press and stir the water into the flour, folding it over until all the water is incorporated. If the dough is too dry and crumbly still, add up to 2 more Tablespoons of ice water.  Remember, you just wan't to get the mixture to hold together, if you add too much water, the dough will get sticky and unmanageable.

6.)  Lay out some plastic wrap, then separate the dough and form it into two discs.

7.)  Wrap the two discs up in the plastic so that they aren't touching each other, then place them in the fridge to chill for at least 30 minutes. (you can leave it in longer if need be, it won't hurt it.)



Filling ingredients:

4 cups of assorted fruit
1/2-2/3 cups sugar
2 Tablespoons of corn starch
1 Tablespoon of lemon/orange juice

*Always wash fruit before preparing.  If you are using frozen fruit or berries, always be sure to wash them with warm water to get rid of the ice.  The excess water can ruin the maceration process.*  

1.)  In a large bowl combine the fruit, sugar, corn starch, and lemon juice.

2.)  Mix the ingredients in the bowl gently, then set it in the fridge for at least 20 minutes in order for the fruit to chill, absorb flavor, and for the juice to thicken.




Making the crust:
 
1.)  Clean/clear out a work surface and thickly powder it with flower. (So the dough doesn't stick)

2.)  After the dough has chilled, take out one disc (take out the other one when needed.) roll it out on your well-flowered work surface. (DO NOT roll out the dough too thin! Because the pies are so small, they can crumble up and die upon their removal from the muffin tin if the dough is not thick enough. About 1 1/2 or 2 cm. thick will do nicely. )

3.)  I used a 4 1/2 inch bowl to cut out the circles of dough that would fit into a regular size muffin tin. ( 12 circles are needed.  You should have extra dough. )

4.)  Fit the circles into the muffin tins carefully so that they don't rip at the bottom (this can be a frustrating process.) Make sure some dough hangs out over the edge of the tin or paper muffin cup. (this makes it look nicer and it keeps the filling from spilling over in the heat of the oven.)



Putting it all together:


1.)  Fill up 2/3 of each muffin-tin-pie-crust with the fruit filling.

2.)  Roll out more dough and cut it into strips to lay on top of your mini pies in the classic under-over cross hatch style. (You can also cut out whole tops for your pie using a glass that is the size of the top of the muffin tin.  Just make sure you add slits of some sort after you have sealed the cover onto your pies so that they don't explode :3 )  

*For Crumb Topping*

1/4 cup of brown sugar
1/4 cup of flour
2 Tablespoons of room temperature butter

(Mix these ingredients in a bowl with a fork until mixture is crumbly, then heap spoonfuls of your topping onto your mini pies and cover the fruit filling.  This is a great substitute for a top crust.)


3.)  Put the muffin tin pies in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to chill again. (It helps with the baking process afterwards, trust me.  This is also a good time to get your oven pre-heated to 350 degrees.)

4.)  After they are done chilling, remove your pies from the frig and put them in the oven to bake for 35-40 minutes or until the top of the pie is golden.

5.)  After they are done baking, remove them from the oven and let them cool for at least 15 minutes before trying to remove them.  Hot out of the oven they are apt to fall apart.

Viola! You now have twelve, cute little treats that you can show off and be fancy with at holiday parties :P Enjoy! <3


OH, and since the US is like the only place that doesn't use a metric measuring system,
Here are the conversions for the measurements listed above:

1 cup= 2.4 deciliters

1 teaspoon= 5 milliliters

1 tablespoon= 15 milliliters
Just a fun recipe for mini-pies to make for whatever occasion and they are quite delicious if I do say so myself. ;)
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SgtAngua Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks for sharing! I might have to make these sometime ^^
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Nightmareswithin Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
this looks so tasty!
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CJJ-ON Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012
i think im drooling.

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oh wait.
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i am drooling XDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD
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reedymanedkelpie Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Professional General Artist
Wow, these look tasty, and what a good idea. Thanks for sharing this with everybody. :)
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theresahelmer Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Professional Photographer
i really like the hard work you put into this...! i know i wouldn't have such patience
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LocoThirstyDog Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Oh heck yeah!
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marwa15 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
soooooooooo yummmmmmmmmmmy
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windy15 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Student General Artist
How much is a cup exactly? I'm from Finland and we normally use deciliters here.^^;
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Stimbleweed Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012
Ah, sorry, I am using the US standard measurement for cooking and I'm not sure of the conversions just yet, but when I find them, I will edit the document to have the metric measurements. ^-^ Thank you!
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windy15 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Student General Artist
No problem, just let me know when you've done that okay?:aww:
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Stimbleweed Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012
DONE! ;)
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windy15 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Student General Artist
Yay!:iconyayzplz: Thanks so much!:tighthug: You didn't have to convert the tea- and tablespoon measurements though.:D
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Stimbleweed Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012
No problem! ^-^ :squee:
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ShadowedLullaby Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
[link]
This may help. Its a conversion chart ^^
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XxAquablossomxX Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Now that. is art :iconyummyplz:
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little-kurai Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012
i really love this recipe! but i know it from somewere else...
are you the owner or did you copy it?
you can find it here [link]
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Stimbleweed Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012
There are many similar recipes for these pies on the internet, this one doesn't happen to be mine, but the same picture was used :3 ( I was too lazy to take a picture of my own. XP) :)
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Imalittlefox Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
:hungry: Yum
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HyperactiveChaosgirl Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oooh pretty interesting and delicious looking berry pies, I might make some as a surprise for my family^_^
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RainbowStr8ghtJacket Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm gonna do these for Christmas :heart:
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kaid23 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome! I'll have to make those sometime.=D
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Kimmmetje Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012
May i ask you from what country it is?
I'm from holland and i really wanna make this.
But don't even know what it is xD.
:orange:
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Kimmmetje Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012
What is
1/2 cup shortening (I generally use Crisco)???
I dont understand :(
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Kimmmetje Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012
I have made them, but I changed the recipe because you didn't answere.
They were dilicious.
So thanks for the recipe!
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Kimmmetje Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012
I'm sorry about the answere thing.
My Ipad did crazy.
But its a great recipe thenks for that!
I made apple pie dough instead,
But than without the apples xD.
But thanks again!


I impressed my grandma with it ^^
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RainbowStr8ghtJacket Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Criso and shortening are the same thing :]
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Fully-Metal Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
nom nom om om :iconpielaplz:
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Mairelyn Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
those look delicious!!
and thank you so much for the recipe!
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FantasyBri Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
OMG I adore you! I was just telling mom I needed to learn to do something like this to make cranberry tarts! granted, I have to use my own recipe due to health restrictions (no sugar or artificial sweeteners, only wheat/wholegrain), but this is such an excellent guide for a good start on amounts/etc.
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dla11 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012
OMG! PIES! I LOVE PIES AND YOUR RECIPIE LOOKS LIKE ITS GOING TO BE GOOD!
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sweir17 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012   Photographer
these look SO yummy!!!!! :clap:
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