These mini pie bites are so easy to put together and are perfect for a summer's party, afternoon tea, or even just as an after-dinner snack. I originally came across them here a few months ago and have wanted to try them ever since. These did not disappoint, people! They taste ah-mazing.
Begin by preheating your oven to 230C. Using cookie cutters, cut out the shortcrust pastry and arrange them on a lined tray. Lightly prick the centres with a fork so they don't puff up too much.
Pop them in the oven for about 5 minutes, or until they are cooked. Make sure you keep a close eye on them because they brown easily!
Now whip your cream. I like to add a bit of icing sugar and a dash of vanilla essence to the cream to enhance it's flavouring on your tastebuds. (fancy, no?)
Now comes my favourite part. Assembly time! Assuming, of course, that your pastries are cooked and cooled. Start off by piping cream in the centre of each pastry, then garnish with the toppings of your choice. I used toasted coconut (my very favourite), banana slices, shaved chocolate and chocolate chips.
The possibilities are almost endless of course. You could drizzle melted chocolate over the top. You could use strawberries, raspberries, cherries or hundreds and thousands. You could even make chocolate cream instead. Go crazy! You really can't go wrong with these.
Aren't they just darling?
These are like having a slice of pie in just one bite. And you can even go back for seconds and thirds without feeling guilty.
Mini Pie Bites
(1 pastry sheet makes approx 15 circles)
1 sheet of sweetened shortcrust pastry
toppings of your choice (bananas, choc chips, coconut, berries etc)
Preheat oven to 230C. Thaw the pastry sheet and cut shapes out using a cookie cutter. Lightly prick the centre of each circle with a fork to prevent the pastry from puffing up a lot, and place on a tray lined with baking paper. Bake for 5 minutes or until cooked, keeping a close eye on them as they brown easily. Cool. Place whipped cream in a piping bag and pipe out onto the pastry circles. Garnish with the toppings of your choice.