I finally managed to break the dessert moratorium this weekend under the guise of preparing for our upcoming July 4th barbecue. Ordinarily I don't prepare for parties this far in advance, but all of A's college roommates are descending on us for the 4th with expectations of a feast, and we will be out of town the weekend before. After racking our brains for a theme, we have settled on traditional American (yeah, creative I know) and plan to serve bacon cheeseburgers with homemade buns, grilled corn, and a number of other goodies. In a few weeks I will try to get a post up featuring the entire menu with prep instructions.
On top of all that, I have an entire dessert buffet to pull together. Red velvet cupcakes and macarons are on request, but will need to be prepared just before the event. I am concerned about running out of time, so I have decided to pull together some blueberry pies just in case. Fruit pies are great for events like this where you are concerned about prep time, as they can be prepared weeks in advance and then frozen unbaked. Then you just pull them out and bake them when you need them. I have used the pre-made frozen fruit pies for Thanksgiving for years. It is the only way to serve a wide variety of pie when a multi-course family feast is on order.
The frozen mini-pie method is particularly well suited to bakers who love having homemade desserts on hand but don't have tons of people to feed. With the mini-pies, you can bake your pie one serving at a time.
After putting together all of the mini-pies, I had enough pie dough and filling left-over for a three inch version. Thank god, because wouldn't it have been tragic if I had to prep all of those pies and then had nothing to enjoy once finished? Needless to say, the "bonus" pie didn't last more than an hour. A and I devoured it... and the fatwah on desserts was over for one weekend. Though it was back in effect on Sunday, I do have the rest of the prep for the barbecue to look forward. Is it possible that me, the hater of winter and all things cold and snowy, might actually be looking forward to the holiday season?
Recipe after the jump!