Thursday, February 23, 2012

a mini strawberry pie ... for breakfast

a mini strawberry pie

all filled up

so cute with a little lattice crust

sweet pie

my first bite ... breakfast

Do you ever crave pie ... and not a whole pie ... but a mini pie?? Lucky for me I had some extra pie dough in the freezer from two weeks back (I made a bunch of pies for a coworker's birthday) and whipped together a mini pie as I was hit with a mini pie craving.

I had some fresh strawberries and decided to go with a strawberry pie ... sweet and simple.
While I was going to college in Santa Cruz I would frequent a cafe that would serve the best pie.  It did not matter that it was only eight in the morning as pie to me ... is good at any time of the day. Back to mini pies: So there I was in my kitchen,  making a mini pie for breakfast ... cutting my crust, mixing my strawberries, and drinking my favorite tea. My first bite was one of perfection ... sweet but not too sweet, filling but not too filling, and just the right amount of pie. There is nothing quite like a sweet strawberry pie ... especially when you have the pie all to yourself.

If you have a free moment head on over to Cake today where I am sharing my tips on how to prepare a picnic brunch. Bisous.

A Sweet Strawberry Mini Pie

6-8 large strawberries
1-2 tablespoons of sugar
1 teaspoon of cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon of lemon juice
a pate brisee pie dough
(you can make several mini pies from one disk of pate brisee dough)

1. Chop your strawberries to your liking ... I like them not too small but not too large
2. Mix your strawberries, sugar, cornstarch and lemon in a small bowl .. you can also add grated orange zest and cinnamon ... however ... do keep it simple
3. Line one small tiny pie dish with pie dough ... push down the sides and make sure to cover all the way up the sides (there really is no messing up on this part)
4. Pour in your strawberry filling all the way to the top of the pie dough
5. With a pie cutter cut strips for your lattice crust with the left over pie dough ... place on your pie and weave over under over under.
6. I was in a hurry and skipped my usual egg wash ... but you can brush an egg wash over your pie if you would like and sprinkle with sugar .... for the egg wash : one egg and 1/4 cup of water, mix, and brush
7. Bake your mini pie at 375 for 30 minutes or until crust is golden brown
8. Enjoy for breakfast with a cup of tea or coffee!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

some sweet things

Sweet Things in February

Sweet things in February (in no particular order)
1. pre-Valentine's dinner with friends
2. surprising them with salted caramels packaged ever so cutely
3. banana's foster
4. bubbly that we used to wash down dessert
5. whiskey sours
6. cupcake bites from a sweet friend
7. my heart pin that I have worn almost all month
8. meals at home
9. salmon ... slowly poached and made to perfection
10. friends

Monday, February 13, 2012

oh my ... sweet pie

oh my ...

sweet strawberry 


Will you try ... 

a slice of strawberry pie

you can't go wrong with

pecans and whiskey


I spent this past weekend surrounded by lattes, knee deep in pie dough, and went to one of my favorite brunch spots ... Outerlands. And, to top off my weekend, Marc surprised me with new glasses ... yes I am quite the nerd ... but I need my glasses as I can't see anything without them ... and my heart skips a beat for a cute pair of frames.

A rant: While I love baking cupcakes, scones, you name it ... there is something special about baking a pie. First off, a good crust is key. My go to is a Pate Brisee crust ... so simple and so good. Now onto your filling ... I love that the possibilities are endless when it comes to pie filling. My pie of choice has to be bourbon pecan pie ... served warm with whipped cream. I serve mine with a dollop of maple whipped cream and like to wash it down with strong black coffee.

And coming in a close second is my strawberry pie ... simple, sweet, and incredible. I found a great recipe from Saveur that is flawless. Now, why did I make pies this past weekend? Well, a coworker celebrated his birthday and of course the only way to celebrate is with pies!!! So a good friend of mine went all out and baked an assortment of pies: bourbon pecan pie, banana cream, Dutch apple, mud pie, and a sweet strawberry pie. Honestly, you simply can't go wrong with pies. Wishing everyone a Happy Valentine's Day tomorrow. Bisous.

This and That
For a great Bourbon Pecan Pie recipe use this one
For a sweet Strawberry Pie use this recipe but use a Pate Brisee pie crust
weekend highlight: being around coffee all Saturday night at a mock barista competition
had the best: blood orange marmalade at Outerlands ... not too bitter and not too sweet
drink of choice right now: Whiskey Sours
feeling: thankful