Best Gluten-free Mini Mixed Berry Pies
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A berry pie recipe made with a mixture of raspberries, blackberries, redcurrants, and strawberries, although, you can use any combination of berries you like! Ground chia seeds are used to thicken the berry mixture so it sets neatly in the mini pie crusts. Almond extract and lemon juice are also added to the berry pie filling which really lifts the flavour and makes it taste super jammy. You can make this recipe into individual mini pies which are great for portioning, or one large 9-inch show-stopper pie which serves 8-12 people and is great for dinners with family and friends.
Can I adapt the recipe for different diets?
This recipe is naturally gluten-free and can be made dairy-free by substituting any dairy for a plant-based alternative.
How to store Keto berry pie?
Once the base has prebaked, leave to fully cool. You can make this base up to 2 days ahead of time and store it in the fridge or freezer for longer. Any leftover berry pie should be covered with aluminum foil and stored in the fridge for up to 7 days. The pie can be reheated in the oven for 5 minutes and left to cool at room temperature before serving so the berry filling can be set. This pie can be frozen, allow to fully thaw before reheating in the oven, and cooled slightly before serving.
12 Mini Pies
For the pastry:
For the filling:
1 cup mixed frozen berries
1/2 cup coconut sugar
2 Tbsp lemon juice
3 Tbsp cup ground chia seeds
1 tsp almond extract
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp lemon extract
Preheat oven to 350°F/ 180°C and line a cupcake tray with silicone cases or aluminum cases.
Prepare the pastry crust as per the recipe.
Use a 3 ¼”/ 8cm cookie cutter to cut out disks of pastry and carefully place them into the silicone case. Re-roll any scraps of dough to yield more pastry cases. Shape and neatly tuck the edges of the pastry and prick the base of each pie crust with a fork. Any leftover pie crust can be reserved for making a lattice top or rolled thinly and used to cut smaller circles to cover the pie tops.
Add the mixed berries to a small saucepan set over medium heat. Add the sugar, lemon juice, ground chia seeds, vanilla extract, almond extract, and lemon extract (optional). Bring to a gentle simmer. Keep stirring until the chia seeds have worked their magic and thickened the mixture.
Preheat oven to 350°F/ 180°C. Transfer the berry mixture to a blender or food processor. Pulse to a smooth consistency. Pour the berry filling into each of the pie crusts. Set it aside. Any leftover mixture can be frozen and used in other recipes or used in a smoothie.
If making a top layer for the pies, roll out the remaining crust dough between the baking paper at approximately 1/16th-inch / 4mm thickness. Cut strips with a pizza roller to make a lattice design, or cut smaller circles to entirely cover the berry filling, or try star shapes for another pretty look.
Bake the pies in the center of the oven for a further 10 minutes until the tops are golden and crisp. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool to room temperature. Dust with icing sugar for presentation marks (optional).
SERVE THIS WITH.
Vanilla ice cream
Fresh whipped cream
More fresh or frozen berries
Berries - have superfood status due to their antioxidant powers. They are high in Vitamin C, manganese and dietary fibre. Dark berries contain a plant compound called anthocyanin. This gives the berries both their blue colour and many of their health benefits. (Source)
Ground chia seeds - provide all 8 essential Amino Acids and non essential Acids and are a good source of dietary fibre, calcium and protein. Chia seeds are also rich in Omega 3 fatty acids which is needed for brain and heart health. (Source)
Lemon - high in heart-healthy vitamin C and several beneficial plant compounds that may lower cholesterol. (Source)
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