Friday, May 6, 2011

Valentines Day, heart shaped pies on a stick, and some fun gifts!

I had so much fun this year celebrating Valentines Day! Between decorating my house (with my few decorations) and making yummy treats it was a blast, and the week before was very busy :-)
First off, I have to do a quick shout out to my cute mom. She gave me the cutest Valentines blocks and they fit perfectly on my shelf.

Aren't they adorable? I love them! It was also so much fun to pull out my tissue paper balls again. I made these with my cute girl friends back in October. They were hanging above our table for Christmas and it was so fun to be able to use them again!
So, onto the goodies...
I found this fun idea on Our Best Bites and just couldn't resist. They were so fun, I actually made them twice last month. Once on sticks and once smaller, you'll see.

These are individual pies with a delicious glaze that hardens to the touch and makes these babies look irresistible! People were so excited when I gave them out and it was such a fun little project. I did several flavors and types but my favorite was the apple.
*Some other ideas you can have fun with:
Nutella, any flavor jam with chocolate chips, pumpkin?, real fruit - get a few berries in there and seal it up- mmmm!
Here's the how-to...

Sweetie Pie Pops
Recipe by Our Best Bites

Yields 16-18 2" Pops, 6 4" hand pies

1 recipe pie crust (or store bought pie crust dough) - use your favorite

6" lollipop sticks (available at craft stores, including Walmart)

small bowl of water

2 tablespoons butter, melted

Course sugar or sprinkles for top

Canned pie filling, homemade apple below or any other filling you want

Cookie Cutters

Apple Pie Filling (combine all ingredients below):

1 medium tart green apple, peeled and grated

1/4 tsp ground cinnamon

1 tablespoon packed brown sugar

1 tablespoon flour

1/2 tablespoon lemon juice

1 tablespoon cold butter, grated

Glaze (Whisk all ingredients until smooth. Add milk until desired consistency is reached):

1/2 cup powdered sugar

1 tablespoon butter, melted

1-3 tsp milk

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment or a silicone baking mat if desired.
Roll out pie dough on a floured surface about 1/8 inch thick. Cut out
heart shapes (or other shape of your choosing) and place them on your
baking sheet.

Place about 1-2 tsp of filling on one cut out, keeping it at least 1/4 inch away from the edges. Place 6 inch lollipop stick in center of shape, with the top of the stick near the top of the shape.
Wet your finger in a small bowl of water and wet the edge of the pie dough shape. Wet the edges of a 2nd pie dough shape (one without filling) and place on top of the other. Press together gently with your fingers to seal the pieces together. Use a fork to crimp edges, being careful to seal edges around the stick. Poke a fork into top of pie one time so steam can vent. If desired, brush top of pie in melted butter and sprinkle with sugar. (Or leave plain to glaze after)

Bake pies for 15-20 minutes until barely golden brown. Cool for a few minutes and then transfer to a cooling rack. If glazing, gently brush or spoon glaze over pies while still warm. Cool completely before packaging. If desired, place in cellophane bags and tie with ribbons and labels.

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