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Friday, October 26, 2012

Harvest Pie Pops: Foodie Friday

Harvest Pie Pops
Harvest Pie Pops

Those of you who regularly follow this blog know I rarely post desserts. You see I'm not a baker, but my husband and my daughter are.

And since it is "Trick or Treat" time I decided I would share with you the "Treat" my daughter made for her birthday party. They are pies on a stick: pumpkin ones and chocolate ones... "Cake pops are over." says my 11 year old. "Pie pops are now." 

So check them out, great for parties, Harvest Festivals and fundraising events. 



Harvest Pie Pops
by J. Balch

Prep time: 1 hour                                     Serves: approximately 12 pops

Dough recipe based on: American Pie Dough for Fruit Pies recipe by Cook's Illustrated in "Tje Best Recipe" cookbook pg 481

Ingredients:

Pie Dough:

   4 cups of all purpose flour
   1 teaspoon of salt
   4 tablespoons of sugar
  12 tablespoons of unsalted butter, chilled, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
   8 tablespoons of all-vegetable shortening, chilled

Pumpkin Filling:

    1/2 can of pumpkin
   2 tablespoons of sugar
   1 splash of heavy cream
   1/2 teaspoon of pumpkin spice
   

Chocolate Filling:

   1/2 bag of milk chocolate chips 5 ounces
   2 tablespoons of butter
   3 tablespoons of sugar
   1 tablespoon of heavy cream


Decorations:

   Candy corn
   chocolate sprinkles
   orange sprinkles
   chocolate icing
   popsicle sticks 


Directions:

For the pies:

1) Mix flour, salt, and sugar together in a food processor. Add butter and then shortening until the flour is a pale yellow and resembles coarse cornmeal, butter bits should be no larger than small peas.

2) Kneed dough into a ball wrap it with plastic and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or up to 2 days before rolling it out.

3) Sprinkle dough with flour and roll it out into thin 1/4 inch even sheets. Use a 3 inch round cookie cutter to make the pies.


For the pumpkin filling:

1) Whisk all ingredients together. 

2) Place popsicle stick on pie dough put about 1 tablespoon of filling into each pie, spread evenly, and place another cut out on top. Gentle press the edges together to seal the pop.

3) Bake on a parchment paper lined baking sheet for approximately  
or until the pie begins to get golden around the edges.


For the chocolate filling:

1) Melt the butter in a double boiler. 

2) Whisk in chocolate chips,sugar and 1 tablespoon of heavy cream until the filling is smooth.

3) Place popsicle stick on pie dough put about 1 tablespoon of filling into each pie, spread evenly, and place another cut out on top. Gentle press the edges together to seal the pop.

4) Bake on a parchment paper lined baking sheet on 375 degrees for approximately 10 minutes and then switch the trays front to back for another 10 minutes or until the pie begins to get golden around the edges.


Decorating:
Make sunflower design and add sprinkles and chocolate splashes to the pies while they are still warm. Do not pick up decorated pies until they are completely cool.


Foodie Friday Features:

From: Fox in the Kitchen

Mojito Quinoa Salad
Mojito Quinoa Salad

A really interesting mixture of spices from mint to cilantro make this seasonal pear salad really unique.


From: Jazzy Gourmet

Spaghetti Squash Pad Thai
Spaghetti Squash Pad Thai

Spaghetti squash really can be used as a healthy, low cal, gluten free substitute for noodles... plus it is delicious. This pad thai dish is a great way to incorporate such a wonderful seasonally fresh squash.


From: We Like to Cook

Bacon Braised Brussel Sprouts
 Bacon Braised Brussel Sprouts

Don't like Brussel Sprouts? Have you ever roasted them with garlic and bacon? You are sure to love these... come on give them a try it is Brussel Sprout season.


From: Whole Lifestyle Nutrition

pumpkin cheesecake
Organic Pumpkin Cheesecake GF & GrF

This is the healthiest most delicious looking cheesecake I've ever seen. The crust is made from ground nuts... really unique.


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67 comments:

  1. Thanks for hosting such a GREAT party! Today I am sharing my Burger Round Up which includes all my burger recipes. I'm also sharing my Orange Cream Cheese Breakfast Rolls. Have a GREAT week!
    ~Sheryl @ Lady Behind The Curtain~

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  2. Hi Diane,

    Those pie pops sure are cute!

    Thanks for featuring my Mojito Quinoa Salad. I made it this afternoon for a family gathering and everyone loved it.

    Have a great week!
    Laureen

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    1. You got to my blog before I got to tell you. It's a great salad.

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  3. Diane,
    Your harvest pops look like a perfect activity to make with my grandchildren! Thanks for hosting . I love this weeks round up, especially that pumpkin pie.. and the quinoa salad .. and the pad thai.. ok.. I love them all.. See you next week..

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    1. Thanks so much... definitely fun to make.

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  4. What cute pie pops! They sound really delicious too. I like both fillings, but I'd be especially tempted by the pumpkin this time of year. Thank you for hosting Foodie Friday.

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    1. I can't find enough things to put pumpkin into either.

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  5. Diane, your harvest pops look great. Thanks so much for hosting another fun party!!!

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  6. Thanks for hosting. Happy Halloween to you and your adorable girls.
    Sam

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  7. Love the Harvest Pie Pops! I'm impressed even if you rarely do desserts on your blog. You should do them more! Thanks for hosting!

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    1. Well, desserts are all at the whim of my little pastry chef.

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  8. Hi Diane, thanks for hosting another great party, enjoy your weekend :)

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  9. Good Morning Diane,
    Your Harvest Pie Pops look adorable. Have a great weekend and don't get alot of bad weather, thanks for hosting!
    Miz Helen

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    1. So you heard... we are battening down the hatches here and praying we don't loss power.

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  10. Thanks for the feature on the pumpkin cheesecake! Today I am sharing two grain free and gluten free recipes.

    Banana nut bread & chocolate chip cookies.

    Have a wonderful week!

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  11. Thanks for hosting! For some reason my title didn't show up with my submission (#32). Can you fix it for me? It should read "Sugar" & Spice Dip & Tea. Thank you!

    I'm new here and I shared my recipe for a wonderful sugar-free fruit/graham cracker dip AND a creamer for your tea or coffee, "Twice-Baked" Faux-tatoes (a low-carb alternative to potatoes), and my dairy-free Pumpkin Pie Pudding made with chia seeds.

    http://www.annemariecain.com/sugar-spice-dip-tea/
    http://www.annemariecain.com/twice-baked-faux-tatoes/
    http://www.annemariecain.com/pumpkin-pie-pudding/

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    1. My co-host has control of the linky. I sent her a note to fix it. Great to have you.

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  12. Thank you for inviting me to the party!!!

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  13. Wow, I've never seen anything like pie pops! I have a sweet tooth so may have to make those :) This week I shared a recipe for Sourdough Chocolate Chip Banana Bread. Thanks for hosting! http://www.montanasolarcreations.com/2012/10/foodie-friday-sourdough-chocoloate-chip.html

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    1. I never heard of them either. It was be an 11 year old thing. They are cool.

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  14. Good Morning!

    Would you believe that my kids came home from Grandma's house yesterday with cookies on a stick?! Apparently they are all the rage!

    This week I shared another little-bother recipe - cinnamon swirl oat bread. So delicious with a smear of butter!

    http://dontwastethecrumbs.com/2012/10/yummy-recipe-cinnamon-swirl-oat-bread/

    I also shared an article I wrote explaining how flour can go sour, and how grain bugs get into our food.

    http://dontwastethecrumbs.com/2012/10/sour-flour-and-grain-bugs-eaten-and-explained/

    Have a great week!

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    1. Now you can top grandma with pie on a stick.

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  15. Thanks for hosting, Diane. Have a great weekend!

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  16. Thanks for stopping by to see me - I linked up the Pumpkin Alfredo Sauce with Tortellini... hope you will give it a try! Thanks for hosting.

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  17. Those pie pops look great! What a novel idea!

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  18. I am loving all of these amazing recipes! Thank you. Have a wonderful weekend!

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    1. Thanks so much. I think there is really a great group of bloggers who regularly contribute to this party.

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  19. Thanks SO much for featuring my recipe today. I am so thrilled! Thanks for hosting, and those pie pops are so cute!

    Sherry K-Jazzy Gourmet

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  20. Thank you so much for the invite! The pie pops are a great idea. Enjoy your weekend.

    Michele @ Better Organized Living

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  21. Thank you for inviting me to add the risotto recipe to your foodie hop. I have tweeted and Google 'd the blog hop for you too. I am now following you back and so glad that you found me so I could find your blog! Thanks for the pinning of my risotto post!

    Happy, happy Friday!

    Roz @ la bella vita

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    1. I have really been enjoying all the places in Italy you have been sharing on your blog and the food is of course wonderful. Thank you for joining us today.

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  22. Hi Diane!

    Thanks so much for stopping by http://nomyumfree.com and inviting me to share my allergy friendly, vegan italian sausage and spinach lasagna with homemade ricotta (made from pine nuts). Also thank you again for your compliments.

    Have a wonderful weekend!! And I'll be back next Friday.

    Devin @ Nom Yum & Free

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  23. Those pie pops look amazing! Can I have one? Just pass it through :)
    Thank you for hosting!

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    1. Some day... some day...when we come up with the calorie free version.

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  24. Thanks for stopping by Dining With Debbie. I've linked up a couple of favorites. I hope you get a chance to trythem. Please plan on joining me after Thanksgiving for a month-long Merry Merry Munchies link up. Love your blog BTW.

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  25. Diane,
    Thanks for hosting! Tell you daughter her Pie Pops look delish! I love the idea because I rather eat pie than cake any day. Have a great weekend :)
    Michelle

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    1. I will let her know. I agree "Let them eat pie."

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  26. Hey Diane,
    Thanks for visiting 24 Cottonwood Lane and the invitation to post my soup recipe! What a great site...looking forward to following you!

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    1. Thanks so much... welcome to the party.

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  27. Happy weekend, Diane!
    Blessings, Kristy

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    1. I always look for you on Sat... glad you made it.

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    1. Welcome, I just checked out your blog... love were you have traveled. I have some of my places on my pinterest page.

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  29. I thought cake pops were still cool. I thank your daughter for putting me in the know! That is too funny! Thank you for another great round, Diane.

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    1. Well, to us old folk they are still cool, but you know these kids keep two steps ahead of us.

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  30. Good Morning Diane,
    Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers as the storm comes to you.
    Stay Safe!
    Miz Helen

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    1. Thank you Miz Helen,
      We are as prepared as we can be... hoping for the best.

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  31. Newest follower here! I found you through the Monday link up! Cute blog, I can’t wait to read more!
    -meandmr.com

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    1. Welcome I hope you enjoy the recipes and the simple living tips.

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  32. Pie pops sound great! Looks like you had yours decorated perfectly for halloween. Thanks for linking up with us on Must Try Monday, and when you get a chance, please include a link back to Must Try Monday/Morsels of Life. :)

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    1. I linked it through Favorite Finds which is on my Monday Party list.

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    2. I see the connection now... yes, I changed the website for next week.

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  33. Thanks so much for sharing this recipe on Marvelous Mondays! These look good. I noticed them when I linked up to your party on Friday. :) You always have delicious, great looking recipes on your blog.

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  34. I am one of your Marvelous Monday co-hosts! Thanks for sharing such a great recipe...I love how well decorated the pops are!

    Visit me at MilwaukeeKitchen.blogspot.com to find out all that goes on in my Milwaukee Kitchen! Sara

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  35. Amazingly clever! I could eat about 50.

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  36. These are super cute! SHaring them on the MFF Facebook page now ! Thanks for sharing at Must Try Monday.

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  37. Oh how cute! Thanks for sharing them on Southern Sundays. Hope to see you again soon.

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  38. So happy to hear you and your family are doing well! Have a great weekend and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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  39. Thanks for sharing these cute treats at Meatless Mondays! Sorry it took me a while to get back to you- I was hit with Hurricane Sandy!

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  40. Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friends Friday and hope you come back again.

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  41. Diane,
    Thanks so much for linking up to Creative Thursday. Can’t wait to see what you share this week! Have a wonderful week.
    Michelle

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