Mini Strawberry Pies Recipe

Mini Strawberry pies recipe

Last week Fran and I were waiting to see the doctor for one of her eye appointments. Fran started talking about some healthy recipes that we should try, then she said, you know, we have some fresh strawberries you should make some mini strawberry pies.

So, somehow we went from healthy recipes to desserts. I'm not one to argue because Farn always knows best. I wanted to make sure everything in this recipe was fresh all the way to the whipped cream.

I started by making this easy strawberry pie gelatin

easy strawberry pie gelatin
Here is what I used:

9 fresh strawberries
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
1 cup water
1-1/4 sugar
3 tablespoons corn starch

I put the 9 strawberries, lemon juice, and water into my NutriBullet to make a liquid base.

This yielded 2 cups of liquid. If you don't have a NutriBullet you can do this in a blender.

Using a saucepan on medium heat add the liquid and sugar. Bring this to a boil and add the cornstarch a little at a time, stir constantly until it becomes thick then remove it from the heat. I placed the gelatin in a bowl and put it in the refrigerator while I made the pie crust.

Easy Pie Crust Dough: 

easy pie crust dough
2-1/2 cups flour
1 cup cold butter (cut into small pieces)
1 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 to 5 tablespoons ice cold water

I added the flour, butter, sugar, and salt into my KitchenAid mixing bowl. Using the batter attachment I mixed until crumbs formed and the butter was cut in.

Then add the ice water one tablespoon at a time until the dough forms.

I rolled the dough into a log and cut it in half, wrapped it in plastic and put it in the refrigerator.
After 30 minutes I rolled the dough out on a floured surface to 1/8-inch thick. I cut circles a little less than 4-inches. You can use a cookie cutter or whatever you have on hand.

To roll out my dough I use this handy Norpro Pastry/Pizza dough roller. I think this handy tool gives you much more control than using a rolling pin.

easy pie crust dough

I sprayed a muffin tin with Baker's Joy No-Stick Baking Spray and carefully formed the crust in the tins. Then baked these at 350 degrees for 15 minutes.

strawberry pie gelatin recipe

Fill each mini crust with a tablespoon or more of the gelatin.

I cut strawberries in half and placed them on top of the gelatin. This recipe yielded 18 nice little mini strawberry pies. I used 9 more strawberries for this plus whatever Tyler was eating while we finished these.

I topped these tasty sweet treats off with homemade whipped cream using this simple and quick recipe from Berly's Kitchen. Click the link to get this absolutely easy and creamy whipped cream recipe. While you're on their site take a look at more of their amazing recipes.

I had to hurry with this, as Tyler was eating the whipped cream by the spoon full as we topped them off.  

As always thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoy.

Beer Battered Walleye Recipe

beer  batter walleye

Last week I hit the jackpot, my good friend Geroge from work brought me a load of wood for our Friday night campfires along with a bag of fresh Walleye Fillets.

As you probably know it really doesn't take much to get me excited. George lives out in the country in a wooded area and was kind enough to share some of his wood, he saved me some money this year.

All year long George and his son fish the Allegheny River and Chautauqua Lake for walleye and crappie. And, every year he shares their fresh catch with us.

This year I decided to make my own beer batter battered walleye recipe. You'll find the recipe for the beer batter below. But first, let me explain how I made these.

walleye fillet recipe
I first cut the fillets into smaller pieces to make them easy to handle and flip in my skillet.

After the batter was ready and with the help of my grandson Bobby we pan-fried these fillets in my 10-inch cast iron skillet.

I poured about 1/4 inch of vegetable oil into the skillet and set it to medium heat to get the oil to about 375 degrees.

We set up a station of first, a plate of flour, then the beer batter, and last a plate of Panko Seasoned Bread Crumbs.

Bobby coated the fillets with flour and put them into the batter. I took them from the batter and coated them with the bread crumbs and then into the hot oil. I cooked the fillets for 2 to 3 minutes per side. Then place them on paper towels to drain.

beer batter walleye recipe

Here is how I made the beer batter:

2 cups of all-purpose flour
1 egg beaten
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon Penzeys Bangkok Seasoning
1/2 teaspoon Penzeys Ruth Ann's Muskego Ave Seasoning
1-12oz. bottle beer

I added all of the dry ingredients into my KitchenAid Stand Mixer bowl and turned it over a few times with a spatula.

Then I added the beaten egg and turned on the mixer using the whisk attachment on medium speed.  I added the beer a little bit at a time until I had a nice consistent batter.

This batter would be perfect for making beer batter shrimp, chicken strips, onion rings, and why not beer-battered mushrooms.

My daughter Jamie brought over the two chicken and fish seasonings that she wanted to try out from Penzeys. I have to tell you what a great addition they were to this batter. And, since Fran is eating much healthier than I am we cooked two of the fillets on the grill for her.

I sprayed a piece of tin foil with non-stick spray, and added a tablespoon of butter on top of each fillet. Then I sprinkled the two Penzys seasonings over the top. I wrapped them and cooked the two fillets on the grill over medium heat for about 10 minutes. These Penzeys seasonings were new to me and I will certainly use them again. Fran thought that the flavor was amazing.

As always thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoy.

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