Mini-Pies in a Muffin Pan: Mini-Blueberry Pies for Pi Day (3.14)
Updated: Aug 28
You can easily make unique customized mini-pies in a muffin pan after reading this post. It doesn't just apply to Pi Day. :)
To learn more about Pi Day & pi, check out the post: "Pi Day (3.14): Raspberry Pie & Raspberry Pi :) "
To start, the same as the raspberry pie, I made sort of a compote on the stove with blueberries, some sugar, water and some cornstarch. Then I watched some YouTube videos and realized people don't make compotes for pie filings. They usually just put the uncooked fruit with a few other ingredients for a pie filling. :) Haha, it tastes fine.
To Make the Mini-Pies
I used Pillsbury Pie Crust.
Key step when using pie crust in the muffin pan: I sprayed the muffin pan with cooking spray. This allows you to remove the mini-pies easily from the pan. You can also use cupcake cups and spray those with cooking spray.
Then, I tore off little pieces of pie from the big whole pie crust -- probably ~1/10 of a whole piece and put it in each muffin compartment.
Pi Pie decoration
I carved out pi with a butterknife and had 2 kinds of decorations for the pies: the number and its silhouette. I like having both of the kinds of decorations.
I did not bake the bottom mini-pie crust before baking the top crust. Compared to a full-size pie, since the mini-pies are smaller, they do not need the pre-baking step for the bottom crust.
I added the filling and then baked them both together (raw bottom and raw top) at 425 degrees for ~15-17 min.
Here are a couple photos of the finished product! They turned out well.
You can use your muffin pan to make your own mini-pies (sweet and savory) everyday, not jut Pi Day! :) You can also use the easy technique of carving unique pie crusts with a butterknife anytime.
Give it a try! We are good at this!