These are individual-sized strawberry rhubarb pies, I decided to make them in a muffin pan so that I could easily freeze a bunch for later. All I will have to do is defrost them and put them in the oven to warm up. Homemade pie dough is obviously better, but I’m not averse to using frozen sometimes if it’s the difference between baking and not. Sometimes on a weekday night, I just don’t have the time and energy for making dough and letting it chill, so frozen is perfect.
Mini Strawberry Rhubarb Pies
2 cups rhubarb, chopped into 1/4 inch pieces
1 pint strawberries, hulled and chopped
2 tablespoons corn starch
2 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon orange zest
1 recipe pie dough, below
1 egg, beaten
2 tablespoons sugar
Preheat oven to 375.
Combine first 5 ingredients in a large bowl and mix to incorporate corn starch and honey into the fruit juices. Roll out pie dough making sure to flour the board so that it doesn’t stick. Cut out 8 4″ circles and 8 3″ circles (or as many as you can fit).
Line the muffin cups with strips of parchment paper to help remove them after they have baked. Put the 4″ circles in the muffin pan and flatten out the overlapping parts.
Fill the cups with the fruit mixture and put the 3″ pieces on top. Pinch together with the bottom pieces all the way around to seal. Cut a slit into each top to let steam escape. Brush the tops with the egg wash and sprinkle with sugar. Bake for 15 minutes or until they are browning on top. Let cool for 10 minutes and then use the strips to help remove from the pan.
1 stick of butter, diced and chilled
1/2 cup vegetable shortening, chilled
3 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon sugar
6-8 tablespoons water
Sift together the dry ingredients. Put the butter and shortening in the food processor and add the dry ingredients. Pulse to incorporate until the pieces are the size of peas. Add the water 1 tablespoon at a time until the dough comes together in a ball. You may not need to use it all. Dump it out onto a floured board and form a disk. Put in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes. Cut in half to roll out.