I have a secret about these visually impressive treats- they are simple and super fun! I would definitely recommend them as a great activity to do with a child. A friend of mine is expecting a son named Augustine Bleakley, and her baby shower is themed with travel and modes of transportation. I found a cookie cutter in the shape of a train, and got to work.
This recipe is paired great with any regular pie filling, blueberry, apple, cherry, pumpkin, etc. You can choose to purchase the cans of pie filling, sugar and reduce your own berries, or use a special jam. All of these would be a great success with this fun favor. I decided to use Guava paste, which is traditionally baked into Latin pastries with cheese (please try said pastries when you have the chance). I chose guava paste because I’d never baked with it before and I liked the thick texture for this task, specifically. With that, a tip, the pie pops do not bake for long, so the typical reduction that happens in a normal-sized pie, is not applicable here. Reduce whatever you decide to use, to a jam-like or thicker consistency.
You will need to buy paper sticks meant for candy making. Any craft store will have these. I’ve also seen them done on wooden kabob sticks and wooden chopsticks.
Makes two 9” pie crusts, 10 three-inch pie-pops
• 2 ½ Cups Flour (keep some extra flour around for rolling)
• 1 Teaspoon Salt
• 1 Teaspoon White Sugar
• 1 Cup Unsalted Butter, dices into cubes and frozen
• 7 to 9 Teaspoons of ice cold Water
A food processor works great for this, but using a fork, a potato masher, your hands, etc., isn’t bad either. Combine the salt, sugar, flour, and use a whisk or fork to mix thoroughly. Remove the butter from the freezer and add to your dry ingredients. Use a potato masher to incorporate the butter into the flour; I smashed the mix three times and turned the bowl, about six times. You are looking for the dough to look the same, and have small butter beads throughout. Next, begin adding your ice water, one teaspoon at a time. Mash in between each teaspoon. When they dough begins to hold to itself, do not add more water- you’re ready to roll! Flour your surface, throw out the dough, and knead with your hands a few times. Roll the dough out to be about 1/8 of an inch thick. You don’t have to worry about the shape, but should still be mindful of rolling the dough from the middle outward, for consistency in thickness. Choose your cookie cutter and get going!
Preheat your over to 400 degrees F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper, and spray with a non-stick cooking spray. Lay your shapes out, with enough room to also insert the sticks. Press the sticks into the center of each shape. Next, fill with your filling of choice, anywhere between one to two teaspoons, should work well. My guava paste was quite thick, so I slathered it on some plastic wrap, folded it onto itself, and microwaved for no more than 30 seconds at a time. Then I gently ran a rolling pin over it when it became soft, and popped it in the freezer to stiffen again. This allowed me to flatten my pie pops a bit, and not trouble the crust with stretching much in the next step. On to finish the pops with the top layer; place the shape over the filling and gently press the edges of the top and bottom pie crust layers, together. Be creative with decorating the edges, using the tines of a fork for example, and also be sure to include some decorative venting, even if just the traditional knife-cross in the center.
To display for the baby shower, I took a foam block, placed it inside a wooden bowl, and covered it with burlap to hide the base. Next I used ribbon to tie personalized favor tags to each pie pop, and stood them upright in the foam. It looked just like a bouquet- a masculine bouquet of edible trains!
- Circle Favor Tags • I chose the “Tiny Hearts” style in Bahama Blue.