Blueberry pie, with children


On the hottest day we've had so far this year, I made pie with two children.

Yes, it was messy. But the pie had to be made, today being the day we post about our Double Crusted Blueberry Pies, chosen by Amy of South in your Mouth.


Making pies with kids is similar to playing playdough with them. Give them a chunk of dough, a roller and some cutters and let them go free. Then expect to clean up after them and find bits and pieces of dough in odd places afterwards.

I'm sure both my children would like to see their pies up on the blog, but only one of them gets to. My little sous chef has already eaten his. This belongs to his oldest brother.
I went with mini pies partially to make it easier to work with the children, but also because mini pies have a higher ratio of crust to filling than a big pie. And that works for me. Beside's, they are so cute!

I used to make pies with my grandmother, so it was only fitting that I made pies with my own children. Hopefully they will one day remember that they made pies with me. And remember how good they were.

The only other change I made to this recipe, other than size, was to replace the dry bread crumbs in the bottom of the pie. I didn't have any unseasoned bread crumbs so instead I put my 5 year old to work crushing up mini ice cream cones and used them instead. In half of them. I forgot in the other pies and they don't seem to have suffered from it.

Great choice for this week, when blueberries are aplenty, even if it is too hot to have the oven on.

Next week is chocolate pudding, which will likely send my children into giggles.

Don't forget to check out the other TWD'ers and their blueberry pies. You can find a list of us here.

24 comments:

Rebecca said...

I never would have thought of crushing up ice cream cones in place of the breadcrumbs. Good idea!

Engineer Baker said...

The minis are adorable, and I'm glad the boys got in on the fun.

Dolores said...

The mini pies are great and yeah... you're building the memories that will last a lifetime... When the youngest turns forty they'll play a game of remember when and it will include moments from days like this. Trust me. :)

Bumblebutton said...

I don't know...I made more of a mess than your kids did, and with less spectacular results! Hope it cools down!

Rachel said...

I agree with Bumble. My kitchen was a disaster and the my cuteness factor, way lower. Great job!

allison said...

High crust-to-filling ratio = YUMMY! I love your individual pies.

Jules Someone said...

What cute pies! And how nice to have two wonderful helpers.

Linda said...

Your mini pies are even more special, knowing that your children had a hand in them...great job!

PheMom said...

Wonderful job! Very cool that the kiddos got to help.

Megan said...

Your son did an amazing job. You are building wonderful memories with them, and it's always better when you get to eat your hard work!

steph- whisk/spoon said...

you have good little helping hands in the kitchen! i'm sure they will grow up with great memories of baking at home, and teach their kids, too!

Anne said...

Way to go getting the kids involved! They look delicious. Great job!

ostwestwind said...

I am sure your kids will remember the pie making. Mine are able to do it themselves now and it happens every now and than.

Great looking mini

Ulrike from K├╝chenlatein

Mevrouw Cupcake said...

Your children will definitely treasure this memory in the future, what a lovely experience!

Meeta said...

i love baking with kids. yes messy but somehow their jokes and spirit infuses into the food and everything tastes better! these look great!

C.L. said...

so many things to say about your post! The ice cream cone idea is genius! I love ingenuity! I wish I could have made these with my boys and I will make a point to do that! The pies look extraordinary! Tell your oldest kudos!

Carrie

Di said...

I love the mini pies. We skipped the pie this week, but my kiddos helped with some other baking. And my 5yo will be thrilled when I tell her about next week's chocolate pudding. =)

Nickki said...

Your mini pies are so cute! I bake a lot with my kids too. I usually give them a piece of dough each and some cutters and let them have fun...the cleaning up afterwards is not so great though lol :)

jeff said...

how long did you have to cook alex before he was tender enough to get him in the pie?

marye said...

what a great idea!
they look awesome.

Kait said...

I loved this post. And I love the photo of your oldest son's pie -- it looks adorable. I bet they had a blast.

Shari said...

Your pie looks so cute and delicious. You're dedicated to do this on a hot day and with kids! It's great to get them in the kitchen to help. They must be so proud of their pies!
Shari@Whisk: a food blog

Cakespy said...

Wow, brave you going for blueberries with the kids around--a potential for a bluish-purple kitchen disaster!! But yours came out wonderfully. Nice work indeed!

Pamela said...

Sorry I got here so late! The mini pies look great. I know it must have been fun for your little ones.