Everything is better in mini!
The second dessert I made for Ward’s birthday were mini-pies. I didn’t want to be baking up until the moment of the party and didn’t want to worry about continuously warming them up for people so I decided on two no-bake filling pies. I went for a chocolate pudding filling and a lemon curd filling for those who do not love chocolate – gasp!
I made the pie crust the night before and made both fillings while the crusts baked.
I used a 4 inch bowl to cut the pie crusts after rolling the dough out as thinly as possible. Since these pies were mini, I wanted to make sure that the crusts were the perfect thickness so as not to be too overbearing or so as not to take away from the filling.
After greasing the muffin tin (I also greased the top so there would be absolutely no sticking), I placed the rounds of dough inside. This part was a little stressful for me because I knew I had to work fast and touch the dough as little as possible so as not to warm the butter too much. This was hard because I had to press the dough onto the sides of the tin and make sure there was a little edge sticking over the top.
I was glad that these were mini pies because I knew that I would have enough pie weights to really make a difference.
I put them in to bake for 25 minutes and I was so happy with how they came out! They were perfectly golden and crispy and most of them had deep enough centers for a lot of filling 🙂
Now it was time to make the pie fillings! I started with the lemon curd because the wait time for it to be ready was longer.
To begin, I squeezed lemon juice and made lemon zest.
I added the zest, juice, eggs, sugar, butter, and salt into a bowl and mixed until incorporated. I then placed it into the fridge to set for 4 hours.
For the chocolate pudding filling, I heated sugar, cornstarch, salt, milk, and egg yolks over the stove.
As soon as it began to boil, I pulled it off the heat and added the chocolate chunks, vanilla, and butter.
At this point, the pie crusts had cooled so I began to pour the chocolate pudding into half of them. I waited until just before the party to fill the other half with the lemon curd.
I even had enough leftover to make some bowls of pudding!
The chocolate pudding mini-pies were a big hit and they went really fast! People were loving them 🙂
I was a little less thrilled by my lemon mini-pies because the curd never fully set. I must have done something wrong or need to alter my recipe. The taste was right on but the consistency was off. I still served them and people did eat and enjoy them but they were messy.
All in all, I think the pastries were a big hit and I’m really glad I made them for such a big audience! It definitely gave me a nice boost of confidence and I think the birthday boy really enjoyed the sweets as well!