Desserts and cookies

Red currants & almond mini pies

By on July 18, 2018

Mason jar red currants and almond mini pies

Mini pies. Red currants & almond cream.
Two bites of sweetness and less guilt. Or take two or three pies and just own it already! I choose the last option.

Let me tell you that this perfect buttery crust filled with these little sour red currants and an almond filling is just the balance of taste you need in life.

Mini cutie tiny red currants & almond pies

Few reasons for a small batch.

  • So cute to state the obvious: it is just too adorable. It presents very well on a table of desserts or it’s an attractive addition to a potluck with friends.
  • Practical baking: I’ve used this technique before for my vegan chocolate tartelettes, I bake my pies in a mason jar lid. Just tuck some aluminium foil and place your crust and voilà. Quite easy to take of the mold too since the mason jar lids are in 2 parts.
  • Very convincing: not that you’ll need to shove it down someone throat but if you or the person you are offering it to is trying to watch their waist, this would be the bite to be weak on!

 

Stack of red currants and almonds mini pies

The pie crust

Most of my recipes on my blog are in grams. I strongly believe in using a scale while baking. Please please do consider it when making any dessert, it will be way more accurate and therefore way more chance for your recipe to turn out the way you wanted.

Because I do it so often, I can make one in 5 minutes. No joke!  Even if my butter isn’t soft.  I had made a short post here to encourage you to make you own pie crust.  Let me know if you do!

Inside the red currants and almond pies

Side note. Lack of inspiration? 

Where have I been? Keeping up with the blog is always – like all the time – all day, in the corner of my mind. I have so many ideas, so many recipes I want to try and improve. Make healthier version, share my daily hacks that work for me.

But seriously.

I am not Superwomen (although my son thinks so! * heart melts *) and being a mom of 2, having a full-time job, driving around to activities, keeping up with the house chores is taking all my energy. I will figure out a way to be more present here because I really enjoy it.

So not a lack of inspiration but rather lack of time. I am trying to keep a presence on Instagram so you guys know I’m still here! Come and follow me. I haven’t really jump in the Insta stories bandwagon, shall I?

 

Red currants & almond mini pies

Prep Time: 10 hours

Yield: 12 mason jar lids or a 9-inch pie mold

Ingredients

    For the crust
  • - 100g of soft butter or 1/2 cup
  • - 200g of flour or 1 1/3 cup
  • - 60ml of milk
  • - Pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup of red currants, washed
  • For the almond filling
  • - 3 medium-sized eggs
  • - 100g or 1 cup of almond meal
  • - 100g or 1/2 cup of sugar

Instructions

    For the crust:
  1. - Mix the butter, the flour and salt together until it is crumbly.
  2. - Add the milk at once and mix gently to form a bowl of dough.
  3. - Don’t over-work it, just enough so all the crumbs are all picked up.
  4. You are done! It is ready to be rolled!
  5. For the almond filling:
  6. -In a bowl, mix the eggs, sugar and almond powder.
  7. Assembling:
  8. - In the mason jar lids, where you have spread the crust, place a few red currants in each mini pie.
  9. - Pour some of the almond filling in each - probably the equivalent of 2 tablespoons - give or take.
  10. - I added a few red currants on top of the filling
  11. Bake at 300F for 15 minutes or until the crust and the top is golden.

Notes

I ALWAYS use my scale to bake - I have added the equivalence for your convenience but I can't recommend enough to bake with a scale for accuracy.

http://bonappeteat.ca/red-currants-almond-pies/

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Desserts and cookies

French Galette des rois

By on January 6, 2015

Because we don’t eat and indulge enough during the holidays, here’s an excuse for you to eat some more today, on January 6.  It’s a French tradition, la Galette des rois, or Kings’ cake, is eaten on Epiphany Day.

Galette des rois

No need to twist your arm to eat it, I promise.  It’s just amazingly good stuff.  A nicely golden puff pastry filled up with a frangipane.   Frangipane is a filling made with almond, it also has butter and sugar.  Admit it, you can’t go wrong.

La galette des rois is the reason you need to push your new year resolution to later.  How can you resist that buttery pie?

Galette des rois

Speaking of which, I am not a big believer in New Year resolutions, why do people feel like a resolution should be taken on a new year, new month or a new week? I know that there is this sense of clean slate but I kinda of think I can be on a Tuesday, 14 of the month, in March? or July? Why not?

Regardless, El Cubano decide to get healthier since he tends to be the picky eater of the house and started exercising.  So to encourage him, while he exercises downstairs, I do cardio upstairs.  The kids love it, they jump for 30 minutes.  Let’s see how long we last!

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