These have been spotted all over the place. I have seen different ones at Grace’s, Shannalee’s, and Nicole’s blogs. Cute little pies perfect for a snack, with a cup of tea or coffee, breakfast, brunch, or the lunch box. Whatever you call these little guys they are very good. When I read Nicole’s post about her pies I was intrigued by her dough. It has Cream Cheese in it. It reminded me of a recipe I had made years ago, clipped from an old Taste-of-Home magazine, that called for Old English Cheese in the dough. I hunted down that recipe and decided to give them another go since we loved them the first time. They are usually filled with orange marmalade but I wanted something a little sweeter this time so I opted for pineapple preserves. A great combination indeed.
After making and eating a few of these- no you can’t have just one- I thought about what others would place inside a savory cheese crust. Bitter orange jam, chutney, apricot preserves, ham and pepper jelly, or taco meat? I bet a little pinch of cayenne pepper in the dough would be nice as that addition reminds me of Cheese Straws, a cheese biscuit popular in the South. So to my clever readers, this basic recipe is for you. See what you can come up with or enjoy them my way.
1- 12 ounce jar pineapple preserves
Mix the first three ingredients together until the dough is smooth and forms a ball. Cover and chill for one hour. On a lightly floured surface, roll 1/4 of the dough out into a circle, 1/8 inch think. It is best to sprinkle the dough and rolling pin with flour. Cut into 3 1/2 inch circles. Place 1 tsp. preserves in the center of the circle and fold over, pinching seams together with a floured fork. Poke two holes in the top of each pie. Continue this process with remaining dough. Bake on an un-greased cookie sheet or baking stone at 350° for 15 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on wire rack. Makes about 28-32 pies.
I learned this a while back from my Ma. If your baking stone breaks, save the bigger pieces and keep using. This has been great for small baking jobs. Why waste big broken pieces?
Have a wonderful weekend! Go Commercials! They are the best part of the Super Bowl, aren’t they? Besides the food of course!