Pretty Cage Dome-Shaped Mini-Pie
Updated: Aug 29, 2020
This is a variation I came up with after watching of Hungry Cat's YouTube Video "Caged Peach Puff Pastry". In the example here is a savory version, but you can make it a sweet too -- by changing the filling.
The only thing that matters with the filling is that it has to be able to heap up or "fill the dome." We forget sometimes that pies can be savory too and not just sweet.
This is a good snack or meal on any day or it is a nice appetizer for a cocktail party.
In his video, he uses puff pastry. I used pie dough. I was going to call it a tart, but since there is crust on top, it's actually a pie. Tarts do not have crust on the top; just on the bottom. Whereas pies "can have a just a bottom, just a top, or both a bottom and a top crust." Semantics aside; it all tastes good.
What I used:
- Pillsbury pie crust
- Spinach (microwaved frozen spinach)
- Onions (sauted)
- Egg (for egg wash)
1.) Cut ~2" squares of pie dough. You will use 2 pieces for 1 mini-pie.
-- You can make them bigger, but I think it would be hard to make them smaller.
2.) Heap filling on to one of the squares (bottom square).
3.) On the other square (top square), cut ~1 cm slits in alternating fashion as in the picture.
4.) Place top square over the bottom square (w/ filling) -- trying to delicately spread out the top piece to reveal the cage.
5.) cut around the edges to form a circle.
6.) Brush with egg wash.
-- It will still taste good if you don't use egg wash.
7.) Bake at 400 degrees for 15 min. or until golden brown or according to packaging.
How cute are they? This one was particularly cheesy (see photo).
Give it a try! We are good at this!