berry fruit pies

Kelly Senyei

Mixed Berry Tartlets

Skip the slice and forget the forks in favor of bite-sized Mixed Berry Tartlets starring the season’s freshest berries topped with homemade whipped cream!

If you’re a fan of pie but want to avoid DIY pie dough, then allow me to introduce you to your new go-to dessert: Mixed Berry Tartlets.

This quick and easy recipe allows for mixing and matching of your favorite fruits, which leads to endless flavor combinations. And while the original recipe called for frozen berries, I couldn’t resist the perfectly ripe strawberries and blueberries on display at my local market. Ready to dig in? Preheat your oven for Mixed Berry Tartlets and read on for additional substitutions, plus my go-to recipe for homemade whipped cream.

The sweetness starts with store-bought pie dough, which transforms from a single crust into a dozen mini crusts with a few twists of a circular cookie cutter. If you don’t have a circular cookie cutter you can use a drinking glass or the top of a spice bottle with a diameter of 3 to 4 inches.

Once the individual crusts are tucked securely into a muffin tin, it’s then time to move on to the fruit filling. I swapped out the frozen mixed berries in favor of fresh, opting for juicy strawberries and plump blueberries. You could also use blackberries, raspberries, cranberries or any other small or diced fruit.

Twenty minutes in the oven is all it takes to go from raw ingredients to perfectly baked tartlets. But they’re not done just yet! While the tartlets cool, whip up a sweet tangy topping by skipping the lemon curd filling from the original recipe in favor of a vanilla-spiked homemade whipped cream.

Simply whisk together the following ingredients in your stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment:

  • 1 1/2 cups chilled heavy cream
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 3 Tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Once the whipped cream holds soft peaks, spoon it atop the completely cooled pies then garnish with a sprig of mint and a sprinkle of freshly grated lemon zest.

And that’s all it takes to achieve fruit pie flavor sans the stress of DIY pie dough! Grab your favorite berries then head on over to this fast and fresh recipe for Mixed Berry Tartlets.

- Kelly Senyei, Just a Taste


Naomi Robinson

Berry Fruit Pie

If you are anything like me when it comes to pies, then you like a lot of pie crust to every bite. Sure you can make a double-crusted pie. Or you can make minis and hand-pies like the ones seen in the picture–a sure guarantee that every bite will be crust-filled. To get started, I used this Berry Fruit Pie recipe.

 

You’ll love the crust recipe. It’s incredibly easy to make and since it uses shortening it doesn’t require any chill time before rolling. For those of you who may have a shortening aversion, you can swap that portion out with chilled butter – either half that ratio or you can go full butter. Either will work. If you go with full butter, I would suggest chilling the dough for at least 1-2 hours before rolling for easy handling, otherwise it’s a bit sticky.

 

As for the filling (click here), it’s pretty adaptable as well. I skipped the lemon in mine because my berries were on the tart side. Along with that, I added cinnamon as the recipe suggested and some sugar to balance out the tart berries.   Finally, if you want to skip all of the mini and hand-pie making, stick to the recipe as is. Either way you will love this recipe.