Mini Peach Pies
What could surpass a slice of fresh peach pie? A mini pie that’s sized for individual servings. These summery desserts are a snap to prepare in our electric pie maker.
- 1 batch deep-dish piecrust (see related recipe at left)
- 4 tsp. cornstarch
- 4 tsp. fresh lemon juice
- 4 large ripe peaches, each about 6 oz., peeled and cut into 1/2-inch dice
- 6 Tbs. firmly packed light brown sugar
- Pinch of salt
- 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
- 2 sheets frozen puff pastry, each 9 1/2 inches square, thawed but chilled
- 1 egg, lightly beaten with 1 tsp. water
Divide the pie dough in half, shape each into a disk and wrap separately with plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours or up to overnight.
In a small bowl, stir together the cornstarch and lemon juice.
In a Beka cook ’n’ stir or in a saucepan over medium-low heat, combine the peaches, brown sugar and salt. Cook, stirring frequently, until the sugar dissolves, about 2 minutes. Stir in the cornstarch mixture and bring to a boil. Cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute, then remove from the heat. Stir in the vanilla. Let the filling cool to room temperature.
Preheat a Breville electric pie maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Let the dough stand at room temperature for 5 minutes. On a floured surface, roll out 1 dough disk into a round about 1/8 inch thick. Using the larger side of the circle cutter, cut out 8 rounds, rolling out the remaining dough disk and rerolling the scraps as needed. Transfer the pie dough rounds to the parchment-lined baking sheet.
Place a puff pastry sheet on a lightly floured surface. Using the smaller side of the circle cutter, cut out 4 rounds. Repeat with the remaining puff pastry sheet. If the pie dough or puff pastry rounds become too soft, refrigerate for 10 to 15 minutes.
Open the pie maker and assemble 4 pies according to the manufacturer’s instructions, using the larger pie dough rounds for the base of the pies, 1/3 cup filling per pie, and the smaller puff pastry rounds for the top of the pies. Keep the remaining rounds refrigerated until ready to use. Lightly brush the top of the pies with the egg mixture.
Close the lid on the pie maker, ensuring the latch clicks into place, and bake until the dough is cooked through and golden brown, about 10 minutes. Using a nonstick heatproof spatula or tongs, carefully transfer the pies to a wire rack and let cool for 15 to 20 minutes. Repeat the process with the remaining pie dough rounds, puff pastry rounds and filling to make 4 pies. Makes 8 mini pies.