Lucky for me that most everyone I’m related to (which is a very, very large number of people) enjoys eating pie. My parents, my grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, second cousins, brother, husband…all pie eaters. In fact, I haven’t baked a pie in a couple weeks now, and yesterday I was given a joint ultimatum by my brother and husband that if I don’t put a pie on their table by tomorrow night, they are going to go BUY A PIE AT MARIE CALLENDER’S AND EAT IT. Ack!!!!!! Treason!!!!!! Needless to say, I’ll be baking later on.
When I was in New Jersey last month, I enlisted some friends-and-relations to help me try out a couple more of Ken’s recipes. Inspired by the delicious looking blueberry pie I’d seen at Lovin’ Oven and (as always) by the cuteness of mini pies, I wanted to make Junior Blueberry Crumb Pies.
First, I made and refrigerated the cream cheese pastry. Cream cheese makes everything better.
My cousin Daniel apparently had little to no trouble rolling the pastry out, even with a cockatiel on his shoulder. Talent.
Once the pieces of pastry were flattened to our liking, my lovely cousin Leanna cut circles juuuust right for tiny pie crusts.
(Coco just watched and tried to eat the crumbs falling from the table.)
Meanwhile, I mixed up the blueberry filling and let it juice.
Dry ingredients stand by.
Nana was put in charge of pie assembly.
Checking to ensure that the tops are as crumb-y as possible.
*1 hour LATER*
Voila!! Junior Blueberry goodness.
(Thank you to all of the helping hands…this one truly was a joint effort!)
I looove the multi-generational baking!!! Yay for family!
Those mini pies are painfully cute! And the kids- they’re practically grown! They were babies (or close enough to it) last time I saw them. I had dinner at your Nana’s last time I was up there (nearly 9 years ago now). She made cardoons. It was amazing.
Aunt Ruthanne said:
That was lots of fun! Coco would’ve had more fun if more fell to the floor, though… (and hey, don’t you think the photographer did a good job?) 😉 I’ll have to make those bitty pies again ~ I think anything diminutive tastes better.
Aunt Ruthanne…much thanks for photographing this undertaking. 🙂 Tell Coco that we will try to more accommodating next time.
Daniel with his bird is adorable. And those pies look great! I love when you have lots of photos with captions, btw. It makes it fun and it feels like I’m there, making pies with you and your family!
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