Friday, September 6, 2013

Mini Cherry Crisp Pies: Farewell Summer

Mini Cherry Crisp Pies 

Hi everybody :)
Summer is almost over and Fall is very near, YES :) This recipe is my celebration to the end of the sunny days, until we meet again Summer... Farewell. 
Since I had so many views on the Mini Peach Cobblers ,  I decided to make another mini dessert, Mini Cherry Crisp Pies. These little pies have a flaky buttery bottom crust, a crunchy topping, with a sweet and tart goodness in the middle. 

I wanted the taste of a crispy crunchy topping like in the Cinnamon Apple Crisp but with a buttery flaky crust like in the Praline Liqueur Pecan Pie, so I came up with a combination of both. Let's get it started... 

What I did...
 
Mini Cherry Crisp Pies 

Filling:
 4  cups sweet cherries, pitted 
1/2 cup Cherry Berry Blend (a mixture of dried cherries, blueberries, and cranberries)
1/3 cup granulated sugar
tablespoons cornstarch
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
1/8 teaspoon salt
Cooking spray

Topping:
1/2 cup all-purpose flour (about 2 1/4 ounces)
1/2 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons chilled butter, cut into small pieces
1/3 cup sliced almonds or pecans

Pastry:
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup shortening, chilled
1/3 cup unsalted butter, chilled; cut into small pieces
5 to 7 tablespoons cold water  

To Prepare the Pastry:
In a large bowl, combine flour and salt; cut in shortening and butter until crumbly. Gradually add cold water, tossing with a fork until a ball forms. Divide pastry in thirds. On a lightly floured surface, roll out ball to fit three 8 - 9 oz ceramic ramekins baking dishes. Transfer pastry to baking dishes; trim even the edges. 

Add filling. Roll out remaining pastry;
Preheat oven to 375°.

To Prepare the Filling: 
Combine cherries, 1/3 cup granulated sugar, cornstarch, juice, almond extract, and salt in a large bowl; toss gently. Spoon cherry mixture into  pastry shells.
To Prepare Topping: 
Lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup; level with a knife. Combine flour, oats, brown sugar, and 1/8 teaspoon salt in a medium bowl, stirring with a whisk. Cut in chilled butter with a pastry blender or 2 knives until mixture resembles coarse meal. Stir in sliced almonds. 

Sprinkle oat mixture evenly over cherry mixture.

Bake at 375° for 45 minutes or until filling is bubbly and topping is crisp. Let stand 5 minutes; serve warm.
What I Think:
The Taste:
I love the sweet/tart balance of the cherry filling. The dried sour cherries and the cranberries help offset the sweetness of the others cherries just right. The dried blueberries added a  nice touch too.  Like I mention before the topping and the crust were AMAZING!!! REPEAT AS OFTEN AS POSSIBLE!
ENJOY! Come again...
 
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