I’ve had this recipe lying around for weeks. Ever since I got my first berries of the season, I’ve wanted to try it. But who wants same old boring items? What recipe am I talking about? Berry pie pops. They are the cutest thing! I saw them online while I was searching and I’ve tried similar ideas but never knew how to go directly about it. It calls for 6″ lollipop sticks and woe is me, I only have 4″ (what was I thinking buying THOSE?!) so I was digging in the drawer and found (drumroll…) skewers! I rarely do kabobs and 100 was a bit too many for the last time I made them so I had a bunch just lying around. The only problem was getting them to be 6″ when they were 10″. *Lightbulb* Use my dowel cutter (the contraption I use to cut my dowels to size for cakes- I don’t know the “real” name for it)…new roadblock! They are about 1/4 the size of my regular 1/4″ dowels… So what did I do? Taped them together… Not completely brilliant but it worked (after 5 minutes of struggle). I had everything laid out last night before bed, had my dough and filling chilling in the fridge while I was snoozing then when I got up, I got to work. I tried to pierce some berries in the filling but it didn’t work too well. They gushed everywhere! So I got some of the fresh ones and skewered them instead. Besides the dough going soft on me (and re-chilling every so often) things went well. I put everything together and put them in the oven. Fast forward 20 minutes, they looked amazing! Golden brown, glistening with sugar …sigh! Everything went off without a hitch… almost. After I let them cool, the sticks kept sliding through and going everywhere, they were too skinny! Giving up, I pulled it off and ate it like a cookie instead. Pie cookies anyone? I’ll definitely give them a try again, with different sticks!
Berry Pie Pops…
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into small pieces, chilled
6 to 8 tablespoons ice cold water
In a mixing bowl, mix together the flour and salt. Work the butter into the flour with your fingers or a pastry cutter until you have large pea-size chunks of butter scattered throughout the flour. Gradually add the water in while stirring with a fork, until just combined. Avoid overworking the dough. Using your hands, shape the dough into a disk, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before rolling out.
1 1/2 cups mixed berries, your choice
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
Place the berries in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Stir in the sugar, cornstarch and lemon juice. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally, and cook until thickened and the mixture coats the back of a spoon, about 10 minutes. Remove from the heat and cool. Refrigerate until ready to use.
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Roll out the Perfect Pie Dough on a well-floured surface until it is 1/8-inch thick. Using a 2 1/2-inch round cookie cutter, cut out 16 rounds, for 8 pie pops. Place the rounds onto the prepared baking sheet. If the dough becomes too soft, place the entire baking sheet into the refrigerator to chill.
Place about 1 heaping tablespoon of filling in the center of 8 rounds, leaving a border about 1/4-inch from the edges. Place the lollypop stick in the middle of the 8 rounds through the filling and almost to the top of the rounds. Take the remaining 8 rounds and slightly stretch them out so they can fit over the filling. Brush the edges of all the rounds with egg wash. Place the 8 rounds on top of the filled rounds, egg wash side down. Press the edges together gently with your finger and then crimp the edges with a fork to make sure the edges are completely sealed. (Use a little flour on your fork to crimp the edges so your fork doesn’t stick to the pie dough.) Brush the tops of each pie pop with egg wash and sprinkle with turbinado sugar. Use a paring knife to cut small vents in each pop.
Bake the pie pops until golden brown, about 20 minutes.
Inside the gooeyness!
In formation…to eat!
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