Mini Cherry Pies
These mini cherry pies are baked in a muffin tin so they're easy to make and even easier to take to a party, potluck, or picnic.
- Serves: 8 persons
- Dough for 1 (9-inch) pie crust*
- 1pound sweet cherries
- 2tablespoons sugar
- 1tablespoon apple cider vinegar (or lemon juice)
- ¼teaspoon sea salt
- ¼cup tapioca starch (or grind instant tapioca in a spice grinder until fine) or cornstarch
Step 1Divide the dough into 9 pieces. Pat them into disks, wrap in plastic wrap, and chill for at least 30 minutes and up to overnight.
Step 2Roll out the disks to 5-inch circles. For cleaner edges roll them out just a teeny bit larger and use a 5-inch round cookie cutter to cut clean edges or trace a small bowl with a sharp paring knife for a similar effect.
Step 3Gently use 8 of the circles to line 8 segments of a muffin tin. You can grease or oil the tins if you like, but it's not necessary since pie dough has so much fat in it. Cover and put the tin in the fridge for at least 30 minutes and up to a few hours.
Step 4Use the remaining circle to cut out decorations for the tops, if you like. Use small cookie cutters or freehand cut them. Put them on a plate, cover, and chill along with the other crusts.
Step 5Preheat the oven to 400 F.
Step 6While the crusts chill, rinse the cherries , pat them dry, and pit them. No cherry pitter? No problem! See How to Pit Cherries Without a Pitter . Put them in a medium bowl. Add the sugar, vinegar, and salt. Let sit about 15 minutes. Stir the tapioca starch—stir really well so everything is combined.
Step 7Spoon the filling evenly into the crusts. Top with any decorations. Beat the egg and brush onto any exposed crust.
Step 8Put the tin in the oven, reduce the heat to 350F. Bake until crusts are browned and the filling is bubbling, about 1 hour.
Step 9Let cool completely before serving. * You can use a store-bought crust, as long as it isn't already in a pie tin. This recipe for Buttery Pie Crust works nicely with these mini pies . If you want to make double-crusted pies or lattice tops, make a double batch of pie dough and divide it into 16 sections. See How to Make a Lattice Pie Crust for complete instructions on weaving a lattice top. Be warned: it is trickier to do in this teeny tiny format than on a regular sized pie!