tray lined with parchment with mini blueberry pies
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Mini Blueberry Pies with Flaky Crust

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These mini blueberry pies have a super flaky all butter crust filled with a jammy blueberry filling. They’re much faster to make than a large blueberry pie and are oh so cute! The blueberry filling has a touch of cinnamon and butter to really enhance the blueberry flavour. The hand pies have a bakery style crunchy top and are impossible to stop eating.

The crust is an easy all butter pie crust with vinegar. I use it in all my pies and they turn out flaky, crispy tender every time. The trick is to flatten and fold the pie crust a few times before chilling to get lots of flaky layers. The vinegar helps prevent a bit of gluten formation keeping it more tender, and gives the crust a beautiful flavour that balances the butter in it. 

bitten blueberry pie leaning on tray

Make ahead

Both the crust and the filling need to chill completely for at least 30 minutes but you can prepare them the day before. Assemble and bake the mini blueberry pies the day of so that they are crisp and fresh. 

Key ingredients 

Blueberries: you can use fresh or frozen blueberries for this recipe. They get cooked down anyways so it doesn’t matter. Wild blueberries work great as well!

Cornstarch: this is going to thicken the blueberry filling so that it doesn’t spill out of the pies.

Lemon juice: this really brightens the filling.

Cinnamon: you don’t taste the cinnamon in the filling, it just brings out the warm blueberry flavour and makes it taste even more complex. 

Butter: use a good quality real butter for best results and flavour. It needs to be cut into small cubes and frozen for about 10 minutes. This ensures that the butter stays cold for extra flaky layers. I also add a bit of butter into the filling to make it velvety smooth.

Vinegar: vinegar gives the pie crust a bit of tang (barely noticeable don’t worry) but it really does deepen the flavour and help balance the butteriness. I used apple cider vinegar but you can use white vinegar or lemon juice. 

Egg + milk: these get whisked together to make an eggwash that gets brushed on top of the pies for a golden crisp crust. For an egg free egg wash brush with just milk. 

bitten blueberry mini pie on tray

Making the filling

Combine the sugar and cornstarch in a small saucepan. Add the blueberries, lemon juice, water, cinnamon, and salt, and heat on low heat stirring and smashing the blueberries until it comes to a simmer. 

Simmer until thickened, for a minute or two. Take off the heat and add the butter, stirring until melted. Transfer into a non metal container and let cool to room temperature before refrigerating to completely chill. 

Making the Crust

Add the vinegar into the ice water, stir, and set aside. 

Combine the flour and salt in a large bowl or food processor with blade attachment. Mix until incorporated.

Add the frozen cubed butter into the flour and pulse or use a knife (or your fingers) to cut it in. Work quickly to not melt the butter. The texture should be like breadcrumbs with larger pea sized pieces. The pea size pieces are going to roll out to thin flaky layers. 

Add the vinegar water gradually, stirring or pulsing in between additions until it begins to form a very shaggy dough. I used ¾ of the mixture. Only use as much as you need.

Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and flatten the dough into a disk with your hands. Press any dry bits into the dough. Fold in half, flatten, and fold again. This process is going to make all those tender flaky layers. Cut in half and form two disks. Wrap each in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes (or overnight). 

Assembly

Roll out one disk of dough on a lightly floured surface to ⅛” thick. Cut out ten 4” circles using a cookie cutter or the bottom of a glass. Set aside onto a sheet lined with parchment paper. 

Spoon a tablespoon of chilled blueberry filling into the middle of each circle.

Add the rest of the dough into the second disk of dough and roll it out to ⅛” thick. Use a pizza cutter or knife to cut strips of dough in various thicknesses. Make a lattice by overlapping the strips of dough, weaving them in and out. Press down lightly onto the lattice so that it holds together while cutting out circles.

Using the same circle cutter, cut out 10 circles of the lattice. Use a spatula to carefully transfer the lattices onto each filled circle of dough. If they fall apart a bit then just add the fallen pieces back onto the pies. 

Use a fork dipped in flour to seal the edges of the mini blueberry pies. Pop the pies into the freezer for 10 minutes. 

Preheat oven to 190°C (375°F). Whisk together the egg and milk to form an egg wash.

Brush the egg wash over the chilled pies and sprinkle with coarse sugar. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until they are golden brown and the bottoms are crispy. Do not overbake because the filling will begin to bubble out of the pies. 

Let the mini blueberry pies cool on the baking tray before digging in. They are best served the day they are baked. Store any leftovers in the fridge. Heat up any leftover blueberry pies in the oven to make them taste as if they were just baked.

tray with mini blueberry pies stacked on top of eachother

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tray lined with parchment with mini blueberry pies

Mini Blueberry Pies with Flaky Crust

Mary
These mini blueberry pies have a super flaky all butter crust filled with a jammy blueberry filling. They’re much faster to make than a large blueberry pie and are oh so cute! The blueberry filling has a touch of cinnamon and butter to really enhance the blueberry flavour. The pies have a bakery style crunchy top and are impossible to stop eating.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Chill Time 40 mins
Total Time 1 hr 15 mins
Course Baking, Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 10 mini pies

Ingredients
  

Blueberry Filling

  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 ½ cup blueberries fresh or frozen
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice more if you have tart blueberries
  • 1 tbsp water
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • tsp sea salt
  • ½ tbsp butter

Pie Crust

  • 2 ½ cup all purpose flour 300g
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter small cubes and frozen for 10 minutes
  • 1 tbsp vinegar apple cider, white, or lemon juice
  • 1 cup ice water
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp milk
  • 1 tbsp coarse sugar for sprinkling on top

Instructions
 

Blueberry Filling

  • The filling needs to chill completely before filling the pies so you can make this the day before and refrigerate.
  • Combine the sugar and cornstarch in a small saucepan. Add the blueberries, lemon juice, water, cinnamon, and salt, and heat on low heat stirring and smashing the blueberries until it comes to a simmer.
    2 tbsp sugar, 1 tbsp cornstarch, 1 ½ cup blueberries, 2 tbsp lemon juice, 1 tbsp water, ¼ tsp cinnamon, ⅛ tsp sea salt
  • Simmer until thickened, for a minute or two. Take off the heat and add the butter, stirring until melted. Transfer into a non metal container and let cool to room temperature before refrigerating until completely chilled.
    ½ tbsp butter

Pie Crust

  • You can make the pie crust the day before as it needs to chill completely. Add the vinegar into the ice water and stir.
    1 tbsp vinegar, 1 cup ice water
  • Combine the flour and salt in a large bowl or food processor with blade attachment. Mix until incorporated.
    2 ½ cup all purpose flour, ¼ tsp sea salt
  • Add the frozen cubed butter into the flour and pulse or use a knife (or your fingers) to cut it in. Work quickly to not melt the butter. The texture should be like breadcrumbs with larger pea sized pieces.
    1 cup unsalted butter
  • Add the vinegar water gradually, stirring or pulsing in between additions until it begins to form a very shaggy dough. I used ¾ of the mixture.
  • Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and flatten the dough into a disk with your hands. Press any dry bits into the dough. Fold in half, flatten, and fold again. Cut in half and form two disks. Wrap each in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes (or overnight).

Assembly

  • Roll out one disk of dough on a lightly floured surface to ⅛” thick. Cut out ten 4” circles using a cookie cutter or the bottom of a glass. Set aside onto a sheet lined with parchment paper.
  • Spoon a tablespoon of chilled blueberry filling into the middle of each circle.
  • Add the rest of the dough into the second disk of dough and roll it out to ⅛” thick. Use a pizza cutter or knife to cut strips of dough in various thicknesses. Make a lattice by overlapping the strips of dough, weaving them in and out. Press down lightly onto the lattice so that it holds together.
  • Using the same circle cutter, cut out 10 circles of the lattice. Use a spatula to carefully transfer the lattices onto each filled circle of dough.
  • Use a fork dipped in flour to seal the edges of the pies. Pop the pies into the freezer for 10 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 190°C (375°F). Whisk together the egg and milk to form an egg wash.
    1 egg, 1 tbsp milk
  • Brush the egg wash over the chilled pies and sprinkle with coarse sugar. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until they are golden brown and the bottoms are crispy. Do not overbake because the filling will begin to bubble out of the pies.
    1 tbsp coarse sugar

Notes

Let the pies cool on the baking tray before digging in. They are best served the day they are baked. Store any leftovers in the fridge. Heat up any leftovers in the oven to make them taste as if they were just baked. 
Keyword all butter crust, blueberry hand pies, flaky crust, mini blueberry pies, mini pies

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