Peach Melba Mini Skillet Pies

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PEACH MELBA MINI SKILLET PIES by Sarah Phillips and Kelly CA © 2-23-2013 Sarah Phillips baking911.com
Makes 6 3 1/2-inch mini pies

Food styling and photos by Kelly CA © Sarah Phillips baking911.com

Food styling and photos by Kelly CA © Sarah Phillips baking911.com
Sometimes in late winter, when the weather is especially dreary, one starts dreaming of spring.
Here in California, we may not get snow, but we get rain...LOTS of rain. The past few days have been absolutely gorgeous, and the flower buds on the fruit trees have started to swell, making me SO hungry for spring!
Suddenly I remembered the peaches I had tucked away in my freezer...peaches from my friend's backyard tree.
Oh yeah, PIE! Peaches, raspberries, flaky crust, all tucked into the cute little cast iron skillets Sarah and I have fallen in love with.
Pie for one. Fruity, sweet and delicious. Kind of makes one forget about winter, at least for a little while.

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You will need:
Six 3 1/2-inch Lodge Logic LMS3 Miniature Skillets
Vegetable oil, for brushing the skillets with
1/2 recipe streusel topping  NOTE: You will not need all the topping, but it stores well in the freezer, and you can use it the next time you make pie.
1 recipe double crust pie dough, chilled NOTE: You will have some dough left over.
1 recipe Peach Melba filling, recipe follows

PEACH MELBA FILLING
INGREDIENTS
3 1/2 cups blanched and peeled peaches, fresh or frozen, cut in a medium rough dice; plums are delicious or peeled and cored apples, such as Honey Crisp or Golden Delicious
1 cup raspberries, fresh or frozen
1/2 cup sugar; adjust to taste
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
2 tablespoons flour

INSTRUCTIONS
STEP I: PREPARE THE MINI SKILLETS ABD ROLL OUT THE PIE DOUGH
1. With a pastry brush, brush the mini skillets with vegetable oil, including the edge. Place them on a silpat mat or foil-lined rimmed baking sheet. Set aside.
NOTE: Brushing the pans with oil insures that your tiny pies won't stick to the pan. Do not use butter because it will burn.
Make sure your skillets are well-seasoned before using.

2. Remove one disk of dough from the refrigerator and roll it out, on a lightly floured surface, to a long rectangle about 18- x 8-inches, a little less than 1/4-inch thick.


3. You will need to cut out six 5-inch rounds of dough.
Find a plate or bowl about 5-inches in diameter and use it as a guide to cut out the dough.
NOTE: If you have a 5-inch round cookie cutter, use that.

To start, cut out three 5-inch circles from the first dough disk, using a sharp paring knife.
Stack the dough scraps, wrap and save in the refrigerator to bake later for treats.

 
4. Carefully fit a dough circle into each of the prepared pans, easing it down, without stretching the dough.

5. Fold the excess dough under, then flute the edge.

6. Repeat these steps with the two other dough circles, then roll out the second disk of dough and do the same.
You should have all 6 of the skillets lined with pie dough.

7. Place the mini skillets on the prepared baking sheet, cover loosely with plastic wrap, and then place in the refrigerator, while you make the pie filling.
 
STEP II: MAKE THE PEACH MELBA PIE FILLING 
1. Cut the peaches into a medium sized rough dice, then place them in a large bowl.


2. Add the sugar, then gently toss to combine.

 
3. Add the cinnamon, almond extract and flour and toss to combine.






4. Then add the raspberries. Toss the mixture gently, so you don't break up the berries.


 
STEP III: PREHEAT THE OVEN. FILL THE SKILLETS AND TOP WITH STREUSEL. BAKE THE PIES.
1. Position an oven shelf in the middle of the oven. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

2. Add a scant 1/2 cup of Peach Melba filling to each skillet. If there is any filling left, distribute it evenly among the pans.


3. Top the filling with a generous amount of streusel topping.

Place the filled pies back onto the prepared baking sheet.

NOTE: I keep and old and ugly silpat for uses like this. Fruit pies almost always bubble over, and if you do not line your baking sheet, your pans will be a mess.
If you have a silpat that has seen better days, it is perfect for jobs like this!

4. Bake the for 30-35 minutes, or until the crust is golden, and the filling is bubbling.


5. Remove skillets from the baking sheet and let the pies cool on a sturdy cooling rack, as the combines weight of the pans is quite heavy.

SERVE
Serve pie warm, or at room temperature, and eat right from its pan.

STORAGE
Keeps for about 2 to 3 days at room temperature or refrigerate if the room is warm. Can be frozen for a month or more.

Serve warm and top with vanilla bean ice cream and a drizzle of dulce de leche syrup if you really want to treat yourself to something out of this world!

Food styling and photos by Kelly CA © Sarah Phillips baking911.com

Food styling and photos by Kelly CA © Sarah Phillips baking911.com