Short of any family drama, the biggest dilemma most of us face at the holiday table revolves around dessert. Specifically: Which pie do I choose? (Or, rather: Why do I only get to try one?)
Why stop at one? Friends and family, there is a solution: The mini-pie.
At first glance, it looks exactly like a traditional pie … but miniaturized. Same rich and buttery crust with that tell-tale flake, same flavorful filling. All scaled down, "Mini-Me"-style. It may even have the same artfully crimped edges, only they're tiny. Delicate even.
Call them what you will — tiny pies, muffin tin pies, cup-pies (à la the show "Pushing Daisies") — they're essentially pies baked in muffin tins. And you can bake batches at a time.
You don't need anything fancy to make the cute little guys — a couple of standard nonstick muffin tins will do, maybe one or two tiny cookie cutters if you want to get fancy. As for ingredients, a single standard pie's worth of filling and two to three single pie crusts are enough to give you a dozen or so mini-pies.