6 Mail Order Pies That Taste Like Homemade
It’s okay to let the pros take baking off of your plate (it’s plenty full already). These fresh-baked pies have flawless flaky crusts and are carefully delivered straight to your door. No one will ever know you didn’t bake them yourself.
Apple Pie Baked Apples
This adorable dessert offers all the flavors and aroma of a warm apple pie, pre-portioned into single-serve treats. Each apple is filled with homemade pie filling and topped with a swirl of pecan-oat crumble. The combination is so good it will have you licking the spoon. Though other varieties of crisp apples work in a pinch, we prefer Honeycrisp because they hold their shape when baked. As far as the crust goes, we love a traditional lattice, but feel free to get creative with all sorts of designs. We recommend serving the whole thing a la mode.
5 Mini Pies Made in a Muffin Tin
These individually-sized pies are the perfect addition to your holiday spread. They’re made with easy press-in crusts or prepared pie dough so assembly is a cinch. All you’ll need to consider is whether to serve whipped cream or ice cream alongside (but we think it’s OK to have both).
Butterscotch-Apple Mini Pies
We packed all the homey goodness of a warm apple pie into the cups of a standard muffin tin. Its made-just-for-me-size kind of reminds us of our favorite fast-food apple pie (it’s OK to admit it!). We made the easiest caramel there ever was by making an easy ganache using butterscotch chips and warm cream. As the apples bake and release their juices, the sauce melts into something entirely apple-y and divine. We like this warm and a la mode but they’re pretty darn good for breakfast the next day. Warm them in the toaster oven or eat them at room temperature.
Ginger-Pumpkin Mini Pies With Speculoos Crust and Whipped Cream
Nothing says loving like a dessert made just for you. These mini pies are the perfectly portioned way to end the Thanksgiving meal, or any autumn feast, come to think of it. The easy press-in crust is made with Speculoos cookies, a crunchy Dutch biscuit made with brown sugar and warm spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves—a perfect pairing for the spicy sweet pumpkin filling. The pies get their kick from grated fresh ginger, but it mellows under a pillowy dollop of whipped cream. Crystallized ginger sprinkled over top adds a sparkly holiday-worthy finish but feel free to use some extra cookie crumbs instead.
Pear-Blueberry Mini Pies With Lattice Crust
Here are a few pro tips to consider before you embark on your mini pie mission. First, line the bottom of your oven with foil. This with catch any rogue drips from the muffin tin and prevent that dreaded “what’s burning” moment when the sugary juices hit the oven floor. Second, bake all of your pies (big AND small) on the bottom rack of the oven. Just like with full-sized pies, this helps the bottoms bake up golden and crisp, not soggy and sad. And don’t be afraid to take these to a deep, dark, caramelized brown color—not only is it delicious, but it ensures your filling is cooked and tender and your crust is baked through.