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Blackcurrant Pies
Deep-Filled Blackcurrant Pies
Prep Time
40 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
1 hr 5 mins
 
These Deep Filled Blackcurrant Pies are the perfect marriage of sweet, tart jammy blackcurrant pie filling generously piled into crisp, golden homemade pastry. Eat them on their own – warm or cold – or elevate them into dessert status by serving with cream, custard or ice cream. These pies are sweet comfort food at their best.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: British
Keyword: blackcurrant, blackcurrant pie, deep dish pie, deep filled pie, fruit pastry, fruit pie, mini pie
Servings: 12 Pies
Author: Jane Saunders | LittleSugarSnaps
Ingredients
Blackcurrant Pie Filling
  • 350 g/ 12 1/2 oz Blackcurrants (fresh or frozen - thawed)
  • 175 g/ 7/8 cup/ 6oz White sugar
  • 3 1/2 tsp Cornflour/ cornstarch (rounded)
Pastry
  • 400 g/ 3 1/4 cups/ 14 oz Plain (all purpose) flour
  • Large pinch salt
  • 4 tbsp Caster sugar (plus a little extra for dusting)
  • 200 g/ 7/8 cup/ 7 oz Unsalted butter - cold
  • 6 tbsp Iced water
  • 1 Egg - beaten
Instructions
Blackcurrant Pie Filling
  1. Put the fruit, sugar and cornflour into a saucepan
  2. Cook on a moderate heat, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon, for 5-10 minutes. As they cook, squish the blackcurrants a little with the back of the spoon
  3. When the sugar has dissolved and the fruit has turned into a thick jammy consistency remove from the heat and let cool completely
Make the Pies
  1. Put the flour, salt and sugar into a large bowl and stir briefly
  2. Cube the butter and drop it into the bowl. Use your fingers to rub the butter into the dry ingredients until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs
  3. Add 4 tbsp iced water and mix with a blunt knife. Add a little more water if the dough feels too dry
  4. Use your hands to bring the mixture together and knead briefly and gently until the dough is smooth
  5. Flatten the pastry, wrap in clingfilm and chill for 30 minutes in the fridge
  6. Preheat the oven to 175C/ 325F/ GM3
  7. Roll the pastry out on a floured worktop to a thickness of 2-3mm
  8. Cut out 12 large circles to line your muffin tin holes (see notes for details) and 12 smaller circles big enough to cover the tops. Re-roll the pastry if necessary
  9. Gently push the larger circles into the wells of the muffin tin and spoon the cooled blackcurrant pie filling into each pie - around 2/3 - 3/4 full
  10. Use a little beaten egg to wet the rim of the remaining circles and press these onto the pies to form the lid. Ensure there are no gaps between the two layers of pastry
  11. Use a knife to cut a small pattern into the rim of each pie and cut a little slit in the circle to allow air to escape
  12. Brush the top of each pie with beaten egg and sprinkle a little caster sugar over the top
  13. Bake for 20-25 minutes until golden brown
  14. Allow to cool in the tin before removing. Any pies that are stuck in the holes can be loosened with a slim knife
  15. Keep in an airtight container for up to 3 days or freeze
Recipe Notes

To ensure a perfect fit, I used a piece of string to measure from one side of the pie/ muffin cavity, down into the hole and back out to the top of the other side. I then measured this length against a ruler.

My muffin tins required circles of 11cm diameter. That was larger than any pie cutter I had, so I improvised with a kitchen bowl and cut around it.

These pies have a homemade appearance. A little leakage of the filling will happen on some of the pies, but I like that. It shows they are handmade.