Mini Blueberry Pie

I really hate it when fruit and vegetables go bad!  So I have had to come up with ways to use up the fruit before it spoils so we eat everything I buy!  I buy blueberries pretty regularly because they are a favorite at my house.  But every now and then they sit on the table a couple days and if you have ever bought blueberries you know they don’t last a whole week on the table.  So this week I decided to make some blueberry pies out of the blueberries!
It actually worked out well.  During a storm a tree in my back yard split in half and fell.  Several people we know came over to help with clearing all the debris, so I made this little pies for everyone to say thank you for helping us!
I love little treats because, well isn’t everything yummier and cuter when it is small?  Plus it is much easier for little kids to enjoy the pie without all the mess of a large of piece of pie or a fork and the potential for dropping the pie filling all over their clothes!
Mini Blueberry Pies
Crust:
1 1/4 cups flour
1 stick cold butter cut into 1 Tbsp pieces
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp sugar
3 Tbsp cold water
 
Pie Filling:
1/4 cup white sugar
2 Tbsp + 2 tsp flour
1/8 tsp cinnamon
2 cups or 1 pint blueberries
1 tsp lemon juice
Streusel Topping:
4 Tbsp white sugar
4 Tbsp brown sugar
6 Tbsp flour
6 Tbsp melted butter
2 tsp cinnamon
Directions:
1.  First lets make the crust:
2.  Using a mixer pour in flour, salt, and sugar.
3.  Attach the flat mixer attachment if you are suing a kitchen-aid, and turn on to a slow speed.
4.  Slowly add the cold butter pie Tbsp at a time waiting about 30 seconds in between each piece.
5.  Once all the butter has been added slowly add the cold water.
6.  Once a good dough has formed turn off the mixer.  Remove the dough from the bowl and work it a bit on a counter to form a ball.  At this point if you are planning to use it later you can refrigerate it or if you are going to use soon you can roll out the dough and using a cup or circular cookie cutter cut out circular shapes for the pie crust.
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 7.  Now we make the blueberry pie filling!
8.  In a bowl combine all the filling ingredients and mix well.  Crush a few of the blueberries to create some natural juices to help the flour and sugar stick to the blueberries.
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 9.  Scoop the pie filling into the prepared pie crusts.  DO NOT OVER FILL!  If you do you will have blueberry deliciousness running over your pie crusts!  Less is more here because the blueberries have a lot of water that will be released during cooking, creating a delicious syrup for the pie!
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  13.  Now we make the streusel topping! Combine all the ingredients together!  Then you will put a small portion on top of each pie until you have used all the topping.
14.  Bake at 400 for 22 minutes!
15.  Serve with cool whip, whip cream, or ice cream!  Enjoy!

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