pocket pies

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These handheld beauties were made with the Williams-Sonoma pocket pie mold. Loopy cannot resist gadgets like this if she hits the big mall after her orthodontist appointments. She willingly offered up Saucy's birthday gift card to try these super cute individual pies.

Loopy and her peeps got together after school to make pocket pies for one of the Cheerios whose grandma passed away this week.

J-Woww documents everything... she's going to be a famous photojournalist someday, Saucy can just tell.

Hey wait! Those are Saucy's reading glasses! Not cool. Kinda funny, but not cool. Take those glasses off, Cabana Boy.

Saucy puts all of the peeps to work, nobody has idle hands in the kitchen. If they aren't rolling dough or peeling apples and pears for the pies, then they are shown how to use the food processor and put to work making bread crumbs.

Beegie looks different than the last time you saw her here, doesn't she? She is still awfully cute, her face covered with flour.

Flour fight!

Force feeding!

Loopy tied to the kitchen drawer while she wasn't looking.

In spite of their shenanigans, they managed to turn out some really nice pocket pies, even using an egg wash and sprinkling the unbaked pies with sanding sugar. The pocket pie mold is easy to use and surprisingly quick. The recipe on the box yielded seven individual pies - but Saucy used her own pastry recipe and got four pocket pies:

1 and 1/4 cups flour
1 tbsp sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup very cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces
4 to 5 tablespoons very cold water

In food processor, chop the flour, sugar and salt with the cold butter until it is coarse like pea meal. Add the ice water, one tablespoon at a time but do not over-process. Turn mixture into a bowl and gather it into a ball without handling it too much. Cover in plastic wrap and place in fridge until ready to use.

This recipe makes one 10" round crust so Saucy makes two batches of it if she is covering her pie with pastry. She ended up making four batches today to end up with eight pocket pies. Next time, she's going to give the box recipe a whirl and see how it goes.

Reader, you are never too young to get into the kitchen to whip up some lurrve for a peep who's at a low point. Piping hot pocket pies were delivered to the door of the Cheerio in need. Nothing will ease the pain of losing a grandparent, but pocket pies put a temporary smile on the face of a friend today. Loopy and her peeps did good, don't you think?


Angela said...

You are teaching them so well, Saucy, and when they are old they will not forget these important lessons (generosity, thoughtfulness, kindness, considerations, love, etc.) Very nice, dear friend.

I think that I might consider getting one of those pie pocket molds... I know that I could use them when all the fresh summer fruit comes into season!

MJ said...

Good for you Saucy! (& I hope you put the teens to work cleaning up the kitchen following the shenanigans!)

Lisa Russell said...

What a wonderful thing to do for a friend in need. They look beautiful and delicious! I lurve pies!!

Coco said...

You are such an awesome mom and teaching your daughter about the right way to be in life. :)

ChaChaneen said...

Mmmmm those look yummy and ever so pretty! Lurve the memories the kids are making too!

Cooter a.k.a Dana said...

OMG i cant beilive i missed this!! Dana is very sad:( but they look amazing!!!!

Sandra D said...

By opening your home & heart to these kids, you have given them all a gift. The girl receiving the pies will feel so loved and the generous bakers will go home with happy hearts. The pies look yummy!

Pepper said...

Nice work. Good deeds are "win-win"!

Saucy said...

Yes, they did some cleanup after delivery and we picked up pizza for supper on the way home. They even helped me take the blog pictures with my tabletop light set :)

Then they teased me because my apron was on inside out... some things never change *sigh*

LisaInCT said...

Oh my goodness.... they look DELISH!

Anonymous said...

All right, that's it. I'm moving in next door.


Jill said...

Ahhhh, what a SWEET thing to do for a sweet friend in need. There's some great memories being made in your home-- that's priceless!

Niki said...

Love manifest covered in sugar crystals - what's not to love about that?
Nice job, Cheerios and Saucy.

Vintage French Hen said...

What a great life lesson to teach your daughter! They look delicious and very sweet of you to do, Marcia

Leica Forrest said...

OH my goodness. That is a gadget I do not have!!!! Seriously must be the best ever.

Anonymous said...

What a class act! Bravo Saucy & Crew, Bravo!