Sugar and Spice: Mini Berry Pies on a Stick and Maple Kettle Corn

Mini berry hand pies are popped right on a stick for a fun baby shower treat and the secrets of kettle corn that rivals what you find at the fair.
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“What are little girls made of?
Sugar and spice
And everything nice,
That’s what little girls are made of.”


Sugar and plenty of spice, in my case. My husband says it’s my own spice that causes our girls to be so spicy, but regardless, every time I hear that song I wonder if the person writing it did not have much behind-closed-doors experience with little girls or big girls, for that matter.

Let’s take the younger of my two daughters as an example. She loves to wear dresses and skirts, have her hair braided, play pirates, has a love of sharks, and she is plenty fascinated with snails and puppy dog tails. She’s smart and sassy, but it’s all the sweet mixed with the spice that makes me smile every time she does something, and I’m fairly certain she can do no wrong in her dad’s eyes.

My dear friend and the editor of Simple Bites, Aimée, is due to have a sweet baby girl any time now. She’ll join two older brothers, and I know for a fact she’ll be very well looked after by the handsome young men. Knowing her mom, I’m sure this little bundle will have just the right ratio of sweet to spice. After all, sweet without spice wouldn’t be quite as nice.

Congratulations to the entire Bourque family! I can’t wait to meet your precious little bundle, and so, we’re throwing a party. Head over to see what everyone else is bringing to Aimée’s baby shower today:


There’s just the right amount of dessert in these sweet bites. Rather than a traditional pie filling, I opted to mix in a bit of honey-sweetened jam from the summer–that just happened to have a little white wine kick–together with frozen fruit. It holds form a bit better, which makes it perfect for stuffing into smaller pies that need to hold together within the still flaky crust.

1 recipe classic pie dough
2 cups frozen or fresh raspberries
1/2 cup berry preserves (like Raspberry Peach White Wine Jam)
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon cream
2 tablespoons turbinado sugar

Preheat oven to 350º F. Line a large baking sheet with a silicone baking mat or with parchment paper. In a small saucepan, heat raspberries and preserves over medium heat until bubbling. Continue cooking another 5 minutes or until thick. Remove from heat.

Roll pie dough 1/4″ thick. Cut out an equal number of circles using a 3.5″ round cookie cutter. Place one circle down on the baking sheet. In the very center spoon a mound of pie filling, 1-2 tablespoons. Place a paper stick on top of the filling and then carefully cover with a second circle. Press edges all the way around the circle to seal. (Edges can be pressed with a fork, fingers or crimped slightly.) Repeat with all remaining pie dough circles.

Beat together egg and cream and brush over the tops of the circles. Vent by making four small slits in the pie crust. Sprinkle with turbinado sugar.

Bake for 20-25 minutes or until pie crust is golden and baked through. Remove from oven and allow to cool before moving from the baking sheet.


Makes 8-10 mini berry pies.
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Kettle corn is a party favorite here with its sweet and salty flavor (just like little girls!), and it’s easy to make a batch in just a few minutes. Try using a darker sugar, like maple sugar or a raw organic sugar, which will caramelize a bit more on the popped puffs and give you that kettle corn feel.

2-3 tablespoons coconut oil
1/2 cup popcorn kernels
1/4 cup sugar (maple, raw, organic sugar caramelize best)
a few pinches flaky sea salt

Place the oil, popcorn and sugar in a popcorn pot or a large, heavy bottomed pan with a fitted lid over a burner set just above medium heat. For a popcorn popper, stir the entire time until all kernels are popped. If using a regular pan, stir without the lid until the first kernel pops. Then place the lid on and shake the pan until the popping slows. You can also lift one side of the lid slightly and stir with a wooden spoon or spatula at an angle.

Pour popcorn into a large bowl. Sprinkle with sea salt and stir to break up any chunks. Allow to cool slightly before eating.


Makes 10 cups kettle corn.

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Comments

  1. those mini pies look delicious………..but I’ll take that little cutie!!

    you grow the cutest kids Shaina!!

    I’m so excited to see Aimee’s little bundle of sugar and spice!

  2. Oh Shaina, those pics of Lene are precious! I’m pretty sure they capture her “spice” perfectly. I love both these ideas, and now I have to get home to Jersey and make maple kettle corn – maple sugar is one of my favorite things ever! I’m so glad we could make Aimee’s shower a success :)

  3. DARLING- um, the girl and the treat… but mostly that darling little girl :)

  4. Shaina it wouldn’t be a party without you! Thanks for bringing more sweets – I’ve been craving them terribly, especially popcorn.

    This is the sweetest post and I will definitely be hitting you up for advice on raising girls!

    Thanks for coming to my virtual baby shower! You’re special to me, friend.

    XOX
    ~ Aimee

  5. Oh my gosh… Those pics of your daughter are too cute!

  6. ADORABLE pics of your girl and those mini pies! Congrats to Aimee!

  7. Such sweet photos (in all senses of the word)!! :-)

  8. This is the same gal who said, “Don’t call me sugarbuns! I’m not made of sugar!” :)

    Those look fantastic :)

  9. Love those pictures! She’s a cutie for sure but I can see that spicy side coming out as well!

  10. Cast me firmly into the salty camp – I’ll just take one of those huge metal drum canisters of your kettle corn, please!

  11. This is such an awesome post! These photos brought a smile to my face

  12. Those mini pie photos are just too cute with the pretty model :-) And the kettle corn recipe sounds so simple. I’ve wanted to try making kettle corn for more than a year now, and have always been afraid. But maybe I’ll try this recipe, especially because of the coconut oil. I have only recently discovered it, and I absolutely love it :-)

  13. great photos, such a sweetie you have there! The pies look wonderful :)

  14. These pies on a stick are absolutely adorable (as are the pictures of your own sweet girl). Congratulations to Aimee. I can’t wait to hear the news about the arrival of her little one.

  15. Oh my goodness, that last little girl pic is killer!! And the mini pies and kettle corn…want!

  16. I made the kettle corn – wow, so simple and quick! And so yummy! All the other recipes seem so complicated with stages of adding ingredients one at a time into boiling oil. Your recipe was the first one that showed me the light at the end of the tunnel :-) and it worked! Thanks so much, Shaina! I feel so empowered now that I can make my own fresh kettle corn at home whenever I like ;-)

  17. These are way too cool! Wish my girl was still that little, but she’ll love these just the same! Sent this to my mom and aunt to make for their little granddaughters. :)

  18. I love the mini berry pies, so cute! and of course the kettle corn, my weakness :)

  19. The cutest little pie pops & your little gal is precious!!!

  20. The photos were eye candy enough and the recipes a great treat, but the pics of your adorable little pie eater really made my day! Thanks for sharing

  21. What a little cutie! I have all boys but lots of nieces that are full of sugar and spice! Love the little pies and the popcorn looks scrumptious!

  22. Ahhh, your little lady is even cuter than the pies–and that’s saying a lot!

  23. First off adorable photos of your daughter! The pies are pretty dang cute too. The kettle corn looks wonderful!

  24. Pies on stick?! Wowser, those are darn cute :)

    And your daughter is simply adorable!

  25. My daughters have quite the blend of sugar and spice as well! Congratulations to Aimee!

  26. Charlotte Gall says:

    Berry Pies are my favorite! These sound lovely.

  27. These are way too cute for words!

  28. LOL…I don’t which I love more the pies on a stick or the that sweet cutie :D xoxo

  29. Your daughter is absolutely adorable! These pies would certainly be the perfect addition to any party. Love them!

  30. Persie Donald says:

    You have a lovely daughter. I loved each of the photographs. Thanks for sharing these wonderful recipes.

    -Persie

  31. Kim Monroe says:

    I do a Test Kitchen with my 6 year old daughter and 3 of her friends and this will definitely be on our list for the Fall!

  32. Therese Z says:

    Better Homes & Gardens uses the same technique to make what their 1970′s edition of the cookbook calls “Sugared Popcorn.” I’ve been making it for years, but now I have to try it with coconut oil!

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