Can I Make "Ice Cube Tray Mini-Pies"?
These Ice Cube mini-pies in this Twisted YouTube video were so cute. I liked them also because it forces you to eat tiny portions. There are lots of different variations in the video -- sweet & savory.
I bought some ice cube trays for this and other recipes I've seen on YouTube (for example: dumplings -- stay tuned!). Who knew ice cube trays could come in so handy in cooking? Haha. :)
It's funny. We had the same fridge for 33 years when I was growing up until my Mom sold the house in 2018. They recommended she buy a fridge from this century for the potential buyers. :) Anyways, our fridge growing up didn't have an ice machine in the freezer and we used ice cube trays. Later, whenever my Mom would come visit our apartments or homes, she was always so excited to see an ice machine in the freezer. Haha. :)
Friday, November 22, 2019, Attempt #1:
I decided to make a raspberry ice cube pie -- instead of the cherry pie in the video because I had frozen raspberries.
They use refrigerated pie crust in the Twisted video.
The fun part is that they lay the dough over the ice cube tray, put a little filling, and then cover it with more dough. After baking, each compartment becomes its own mini-pie. :)
For my first attempts, I made my own dough because I couldn't find it in the store. I didn't look too hard and also it turns out that they were above my eye level on the shelves in the store. I'm short. :)
When I was looking up pie dough, I found out that unfortunately what makes them taste so good is that they have a lot of butter! I have also made empanada dough, which is kind of similar and slightly healthier, so I thought if empanada dough tastes pretty good in this recipe that it could possibly be used in place of pie dough.
So I made both empanada and pie doughs for the ice cube mini-pies.
The empanada dough I made was the one I have made before (see post):
See information about making pie dough from scratch in the post:
Making the filling:
I made a half-batch according to the Twisted video.
I put about 8 oz. of frozen raspberries in a pot with some sugar (4 tablespoons), water (1/4 cup), corn starch (1 tablespoon), and 1 teaspoon of lemon juice and put it on medium until it all melded together.
Empanada Dough - Attempt #1:
I let the dough chill for at least 30 min. before trying to make the mini-pies.
All I can say is those people in the video are magicians. :) It is harder than it looks to lay the dough on the ice cube tray and add the filling. Haha. Then I put a second piece of dough on top and flipped the ice cube tray onto the baking sheet. Then I cut my little pies into individual pieces.
I baked them at 400 degrees for about 20 min.
Empanada Dough - Attempt #1 - RESULT: Success / Fail.
We are good at this? / We are good at this. They looked a lot better after they came out of the oven compared to when they went in the oven. They tasted pretty good. You miss some of the good flaky pastry part of an empanada by eating them at this small size. You only get the crispy part.
Pie Dough - Attempt #1:
Assembling the mini-pies with homemade pie dough was much harder and more of a mess. Haha. :) I even let the dough chill for >1 hour as recommended in the recipe. You can see it broke apart a lot. Pretty haggard looking going into the oven. :)
I baked them at 400 degrees for about 20 min. as well or until they were golden-brown.
Pie Dough - Attempt #1 - RESULT: Success / Fail.
We are good at this? / We are good at this. Again, they looked a lot better coming out of the oven vs. going into the oven. And they tasted really good; all that butter and shortening does help the crust. Haha. :)
Overall - Ice Cube Tray Mini-Pies - Attempt #1 -
RESULT: Success / Fail.
It was fun to make and they both turned out pretty well despite looking like a massacre going into the oven. I read some of the comments on the YouTube videos for some tips and I was going to try again. I also thought maybe the dough wasn't chilled long enough to do this even though I did wait the recommended amounts of time for each type of dough. I only used half of the dough I made for these attempts, so I planned to do it again the next day.
Saturday, November 23, 2019, Attempt #2:
This was using the same batch of empanada dough and pie dough I had made & used in Attempt #1, but it had chilled overnight, actually for almost 24 hours. I also had some raspberry filling leftover, which I used.
Empanada Dough - Attempt #2:
In the Twisted video, they just lay the piece of dough flat across the ice cube tray and then press down a little on each compartment and voila! It all works well -- cute mini-pies. When I did this, I poked holes through.
This time, I found this technique which I'm demonstrating worked better.
Tip for laying dough in the ice cube tray:
If you hold up the dough with one hand like I'm doing in the photo, then with your other hand, you can gently press in the dough into the compartment starting from the other far edge of the dough. Doing it this way allows you to add a little more dough to each compartment, so you don't poke as many holes.
So here, I'm holding the dough with my right hand and then with my left-hand, I can press the left edge of the dough into a compartment and add a little extra to follow the contours of the ice cube tray.
This attempt started out much better. Look how much cleaner the little pies look going into the oven.
Empanada Dough - Attempt #2 - RESULT: Success.
We are good at this. I think the combination of the chilled dough and the new technique to lay the dough in the ice cube tray helped to make this attempt a success. They were nice little mini-pies.
Pie Dough - Attempt #2:
I used a similar technique to lay the pie dough for this attempt as I described for the empanada dough. You can see the pie dough mini-pies were much cleaner going into the oven this attempt too.
Pie Dough - Attempt #2 - RESULT: Success.
We are good at this. Again, similar to the empanada dough, the combination of the chilled dough and new dough laying technique helped to make better ice cube mini-pies.
Overall - Ice Cube Tray Mini-Pies - Attempt #2 -
We are good at this. These ice cube tray mini-pies looked much better! Haha, I took a bite out of one before I took this pic.
Give it a try! We are good at this!
Wednesday, November 27, 2019, Attempt #3 (Pillsbury Pie Crust):
As I mentioned above, I finally found the Pillsbury refrigerated pie crust in the store. It was above my eye-level. Haha. :)
Anyways for this one I made a leftover cranberry sauce ice cube mini-pies, which I also detailed further as steps/instructions in the following post.
I used the same technique as I described holding 1 edge of the dough up with one hand and then pressing the dough into the ice cube tray with my other hand.
I baked them at 425 degrees for 15 minutes. They're small pies.
Pillsbury Pie Crust - RESULT: Success. :)
We are good at this! As you might imagine, using refrigerated pie crust is much easier! And it may be healthier than homemade pie dough.
Give it a try! We are good at this!