These pocket sized Coconut Cream Jar Pies from Handheld Pies are not exactly like the slice you'd find at your local diner, and the fact that it comes in a jar is only the beginning.
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Pies might just bake up even better in a glass Mason jar than they do in a pan. Case in point: this Raspberry Double Crust Jar Pie recipe from Handheld Pies. Tucking a buttery crust into a little jar and filling it with raspberries tossed with brown sugar, lemon zest, and just enough flour makes for a mini-pie that browns up beautifully and somehow stays crisp on both the top and bottom crusts.
Not everyone is comfortable tucking into a slice of pie for breakfast. For those who feel as though apple or cherry is a bit decadent before noon, we present these Farmer Cheese Pies from Sarah Billingsley's and Rachel Wharton's Handheld Pies. They're somewhere in the sweet spot between breakfast and dessert with a crumbly cornmeal crust filled with honey-laced farmer cheese and a touch of thyme.
When it comes to breakfast pastries, Pop-Tarts fall firmly into the low brow, guilty pleasure category. But their bad image can easily be made over if you forgo the store bought and opt for homemade. These Orange Marmalade-Mascarpone Pop Tarts from Handheld Pies have nothing on the s'mores filled versions. Encased in a buttery pâte brisée crust and filled with creamy mascarpone and bitter-sweet marmalade, these Pop-Tarts are more on par with croissants than rainbow sprinkle topped breakfast pastries.
Whether it's quarter-sized macarons, two-bite cupcakes, pretty petit fours or mini cannolis, we love diminutive desserts. We also love pie (but you probably already knew that) so when the two get together we're bound to get excited. And that's exactly what Sarah Billingsley and Rachel Wharton have done in their new cookbook, Handheld Pies.