Happy Pi Day, everyone! I’m celebrating with these Strawberry Crumble Mini Pies, and I think you should, too!
I’m sorry I’ve been a little behind on my posts, but I’m back just in time for Pi Day! I wanted to start off with The Boyfriend’s favorite pie, Strawberry Pie. It’s not quite strawberry season, but when I saw strawberries on sale at Mariano’s, I couldn’t resist. I decided to go with Strawberry Crumble Mini Pies because they’re just so fun to eat. Yes, they take significantly more time to make, but I promise they’re worth the extra work.
Every year, I fly home a few days early to sunny Southern California for my family’s big Thanksgiving dinner where I bake dessert for 30-50 people every year. When I couldn’t fly home early last year to bake all the Thanksgiving pies, I had to figure out a way to bake and transport enough pie for 30-50 people without customs or the TSA confiscating my desserts. Enter, the mini pie. I ended up making 100+ mini pies and overnighting them (see here and here) to my mom’s house. It was quite the ordeal, but they were a big hit. Since mini pies were a hit with my family, then I’m hoping they’re a hit with you!
Yields approximately 24 mini pies
1 hr, 30 Prep Time
1 hrCook Time
2 hr, 30 Total Time
- 2 sticks of very cold Butter
- 2 1/2 tsp Kosher Salt
- 2 1/2 cups Flour
- 1 tbsp Sugar
- 1 tbsp Red Wine Vinegar
- 1 cup & 2 tbsp ice cold Water
- Pie dust (equal parts granulated sugar and flour evenly mixed together)
- 7 cups of quartered Strawberries
- 1 tsp Vanilla Paste
- 1 tsp Orange Zest
- 2 tsp Lemon Juice
- 1 cup Sugar
- 1/8 tsp Ground Black Pepper
- 1 tsp Kosher Salt
- 1/2 tsp Nutmeg
- 4 tbsp Starch
- 1 cup of rolled Oats
- 3/4 cups of Flour
- 1/4 cup of Brown Sugar
- 1/2 cup of Granulated Sugar
- 6 tbsp of half melted butter (zap in the microwave for 20-25 seconds)
- Put the butter in the freezer for 15-20 minutes.
- Mix kosher salt, flour, and sugar in a large, shallow bowl. Cube butter and add it to the dry mixture. Using a pastry blender, mix the butter and dry mixture until it's coarse.
- Fold the vinegar into the dry mixture with a spatula. Add the cold water to the mixture a 1/4 cup at a time while still mixing with a spatula. The dough should start to come together now.
- Once the mixture starts to come together, roll it out into a long roll and split into two. Roll each half into a ball and flatten into saran wrap. Seal tightly and refrigerate for at least a four hours.
- Lightly spray each muffin tin space with Pam.
- Take out the dough and roll it out so it's about 1/8" thick. Use a large biscuit cutter (about 5" diameter) and cut out pieces.
- Gently place the dough circles into the muffin spaces and press the dough up the sides. When done, cover the dough and muffin tin with saran wrap and refrigerate.
- Mix the 1 cup of rolled Oats, 3/4 cups of Flour, 1/4 cup of Brown Sugar, and 1/2 cup of Granulated Sugar together in a bowl. Add the half melted butter to the mixture and combine until it looks coarse.
- Preheat the oven to 350°F.
- Clean, de-stem, and quarter the strawberries in a large bowl. Gently mix the vanilla paste, orange zest, and lemon juice in a large bowl.
- In a separate bowl, mix the sugar, ground black pepper, kosher salt, nutmeg, and starch together until fully combined.
- Slowly pour the dry mixture into the bowl of strawberries and mix until combined.
- Dust the bottom of each mini pie crust with the pie dust. Add large spoonfuls of the strawberries to each mini pie to form small mounds. The filling will fall as it bakes so you don't want to skimp.
- Liberally sprinkle the crumble mixture over each mini pie.
- Place the tray in the middle of the oven and bake for 30 minutes. Rotate at 15 minutes to bake evenly.
- Let the mini pies cool in the tin for 20 minutes and then run a butter knife around the edges of each mini pie. Remove pies and cool on a wire rack.
Adapted from Strawberry Pie by Hoosier Mama
BTW, if you haven’t already watched the Earl Sinclair/The Notorious B.I.G. video, I’ve got you covered. This mashup made me so freaking happy that I danced along with Earl while I was rolling out my mini pie crusts. I basically had my own little dance party in the kitchen—NBD.