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Red currants & almond mini pies

Red currants & almond cream mini pie: 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.

Petite cutie tiny red currants & almond mini 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

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

Ingredients

    For the crust
  • - 100g of soft butter or 1/2 cup, softened
  • - 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 (cut in cube packed) of butter
  • - 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, butter, 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.

https://www.bonappeteat.ca/red-currants-almond-pies/

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6 Comments

  • Reply
    Colleen
    July 23, 2018 at 5:38 pm

    I love red currant and these little pies look delightful. Especially that you used mason jar lids. What a great idea!

  • Reply
    Ayngelina (@Ayngelina)
    July 25, 2018 at 1:17 am

    I’ve never heard of almond cream, but I’m definitely intrigued by a non-dairy topping.

  • Reply
    Shareba
    July 25, 2018 at 2:41 am

    These are so cute! I bet they’re tasty too.

  • Reply
    Denise Pare-Watson
    July 25, 2018 at 11:25 pm

    These tarts are so sweet, Melanie! It is such a wonderful idea to use the mason jar lids – they are the perfect size for a mini tart. I am quite fond of almond frangipane type of fillings – now to find red currants! Thanks for sharing such a lovely tart recipe.

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