Spiced Cranberry Pear Mini Pies
 
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Think fireside chats and spicy cider, in pie form. For best flavor, mix different types of pears. Our favorites are Bosc and Anjou.
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Type: Dessert
Yield: 12
Ingredients
  • 3 pears, peeled, cored, and diced in ¼-in pieces
  • ¾ cup fresh or frozen and thawed cranberries
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ¼ teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice (fresh is best)
  • Perfect Pie Crust
  • ¼ cup soy milk
  • Sugar, for sprinkling
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Generously grease a 12-cup muffin tin with butter or cooking spray.
  2. Coarsely chop the cranberries until nearly all of them have been cut in half.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the cranberries, pears, brown sugar, nutmeg, cloves, allspice, and lemon juice.
  4. On a thoroughly floured surface, roll out the pie crust to a thickness of 3∕16 inch. Using a 4-inch diameter round cutter, cut 12 crusts.
  5. Re-form and re-roll the dough as necessary, keeping plenty of flour on your work surface.
  6. Using a mini cookie cutter of your choice and leftover dough, cut out 12 shapes to use as pie toppers. (We like gingerbread-men toppers for Spiced Cranberry Pear pie.)
  7. Carefully shape the crusts into the wells of the muffin tin, crimping the edges with your fingers.
  8. Fill each mini pie with 2 tablespoons of the pear mixture, making sure that the cranberries
  9. are evenly distributed. This pie is prone to boiling over, so don’t include too much of the juice with the filling.
  10. Top each mini pie with a pie topper.
  11. With a pastry brush, lightly brush each pie crust with soy milk, then sprinkle with sugar.
  12. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until the crusts are golden brown.
  13. Allow to cool for a few minutes in the muffin tin, then carefully remove the pies from the tin and place on a wire rack to finish cooling. To remove, first try to spin the pies in the muffin wells. If they need a little extra help, run a butter knife along the edge of the crusts to pop them out of the tin.
Recipe by Baby to Boomer Lifestyle at https://babytoboomer.com/2011/11/04/mini-pies-adorable-and-delicious-recipes-for-your-favorite-treats-gift-guide/