4.21.2012

Mini Pie Bites

Tonight we had a wee little gathering to play games. They asked everyone to bring pie... so of course I don't just bring a pie. I'm complicated like that.

I'm not really a pie-kinda-girl. I mean, I really love making peach pie in the fall, and apple pie is lovely. Strangely enough, I just find it hard to make it through a full slice of pie in one sitting. It's great and all, but I feel like I'm much better at tackling cookies, cakes, and bars. Not pies. So what to do? Peaches aren't in season. I thought I was doomed.

After seeing these beautiful little mini pie bites on Chef in Training, I thought they'd be perfect to bring. I mean, you can only have a couple slices of pie, and that only leaves you tasting a couple of flavors (no offense to pie or anything). With these min pie bites, you can have one of each flavor of pie in a little mouthful, and still have room for more.

It was so fun playing around with the different flavors! Here are the ones I settled on:
 Banana Almond Cream Mini Pie Bites

 Chocolate Cream Mini Pie Bites

 Chocolate Drizzled White Chocolate Strawberry Cream Mini Pie Bites

 Toasted Coconut Almond Cream Mini Pie Bites

Chocolate Hazelnut Cream Mini Pie Bites

Aren't they just lovely? I could imagine these at a little tea party somewhere. By the time we got to the party, I had eaten so many of these, that I hadn't realized I hadn't eaten dinner yet! Good thing someone bought some quiche, eh? 

So, for the dough, you can either make your own, or take the wonderful short cut (like I did) and buy some Pillsbury Pie Dough (refrigerator section). This will be your base. Your crust. Your pie palate.

The filling is based mostly on two different recipes. There's the chocolate filling, and the white filling. The chocolate is pretty standard. But the white filling can be played with depending on what flavor you're searching for. 

The toppings were my favorite. They brought everything together, and added that eye-candy appeal. These went so fast! I was thrilled! They were certainly a bit more work than making your typical fruit pie, but certainly worth it.

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Mini Pie Bites
recipe from Chef in Training

Chocolate Mousse Filling
1 (3.9 oz) box instant chocolate pudding mix
1/2 cup water
1 (14 oz) can Sweetened Condensed Milk
1 (8 oz.) container Cool whip (make sure to keep your cool whip in the freezer, not fridge)
1 cup chocolate chips, melted to smooth consistency (I used mini-chips)

In a large bowl, mix chocolate pudding mix, water, and sweetened condensed milk. Stir in melted chocolate chips. Fold in 8 oz. container of cool whip until there are no streaks remaining.
Place filling into a piper with a large tip and pipe onto pie crusts.
Add your toppings.  

Almond White Chocolate Filling 
1 (3.9 oz) box instant white chocolate pudding mix )This is where you can be flexible and use coconut or banana instead)
1/2 cup water
1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
1 (8 oz) container Cool Whip
16 oz cream cheese, softened
1 tsp almond extract (SO. DANG. YUMMY.)
 
In a large bowl, mix chocolate pudding mix, water, and sweetened condensed milk together.  Fold in 8 ounces cool whip.  Beat in cream cheese and almond extract.
Place filling into a piper with a large tip and pipe onto pie crusts.
Add your toppings.   
 
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23 comments:

  1. Love these! My favorite part of pie is the crust, so this is right up my alley!

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    1. I loved the proportions - and whenever I eat pie I go for the crust first! We're one in the same!

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  2. These are so so cute! Perfect for a party too...I love the different combinations of flavors you came up with.

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    1. It was so fun being able to sample little bites of pie! My fav was most definitely the chocolate.

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    1. Thanks, Heather! I thought they looked so fun and dainty! Good times.

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  4. ooo...very stylish! Great photos!

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    1. Thank you so much - and thanks for stopping by the 'ol blog!

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  6. I may never make pie again! I suck at crusts anyway... What a fun idea (and much cuter than traditional pie). I would love for you to come share this with my readers at my new linky party. http://rhapsodyofcacophony.blogspot.ca/2012/04/pin-ed-it-made-it-party-0427.html
    In the meantime, I'm pinning this. So adorable. So yummy!

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  7. Wow, they sure are lovely. Wish I could have a bite right now!

    Warmly, Michelle

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    1. They were the perfect little bite of pie - I loved being able to try different flavors without having to to "finish the big pie slice" on my plate.

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    1. Thanks Dorothy! They were so dainty and fun!

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  9. I love that you say you are complicated like that!!! Girl after my own heart for sure!!! I love the idea of pie bites...that way I don't feel as guilty when I sample every kind!!!

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    1. Hahah! Thanks Jocelyn. I speak the truth - complicated for sure :)

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  10. These look sooo cute and sound delish! They would be perfect for a party! Thanks for linking up at The Kurtz Corner! I have featured you on this weeks link party! Come grab a featured button and link up. Can't wait to see what you made this week! :)

    http://www.thekurtzcorner.com/2012/04/tuesday-tutorials-link-party-no-34.html

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    1. Thanks so much Audra! I've always wanted to be featured on your cute blog! I'm PSYCHED!!!

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  11. These are not only adorable, but they look so good! My first thought was that they'd be perfect for a baby shower or bridal shower!

    Stopping by from Sweet Treats Thursday - pinned to share.

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    1. You rock! I think you're right - they're just the right size for a little bridal shower/baby shower finger food :)

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