Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Heart Pie Pops

Happy Valentine's Day
Every year, I purchase a box of chocolates for my honey (of course) and all the children. This year my youngest children would keep showing me what they wanted for Valentines which included chocolate, pink monkeys, and lots of candy. I informed them that I only purchase one gift for them so they need to decide what they want. They no longer wanted the monkey but chocolate.
Can I eat it now?
I wanted to make something fun for Valentine's Day. When I saw these heart pie pops at Williams-Sonoma, I figure I could make them. My daughter helped me so our pops have lots of sprinkles on them. Also, she helped with the food processor and rolling out the dough. I think she did a pretty good job. She thought they were really good.

Heart Pie Pops
Pie Dough (recipe follows)
1 21 oz can of cherry pie filling
1 egg
1 Tbsp water

Pie Dough (Pate Brisee)
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp salt
2 tsp sugar
2 sticks unsalted butter, chilled and cut into little pieces
1/4 to 1/2 cup very cold water

  1. Add the flour, salt, and sugar to the food processor. 
  2. Pulse for about 30 seconds.
  3. Add the butter and pulse about 19 times.
  4. Continue to pulse while slowly adding the cold water into the food processor. Continue to add water until the dough comes together. Do not pulse more than 30 seconds.
  5. Turn the dough onto a clean surface and gather into a ball. 
  6. Cut the dough into half.
  7. Wrap each half of dough and flatten into a disk. Refrigerate for at least one hour before using.
Directions for the Heart Pie Pops:
  1. Combine the egg and water in a small bowl and whisk to combine. Set aside.
  2. Roll out the pie dough. 
  3. Using a heart shape cookie cutter, cut out two hearts. 
  4. Place one popsicle stick into the middle of one of the dough hearts making sure the top of the stick is about 1 inch away from the top of the heart.
  5. Add about 6 cherries in the middle of one of the heart pie dough. 
  6. Top the cherries with the other piece of dough. Seal the sides of the dough very well. 
  7. Brush the dough with the egg mixture.
  8. Sprinkle the desired amount of sprinkles on top.
Pie Dough recipe adapted from Martha Stewart Living 2002 Annual Recipes cookbook.
Happy Valentine's Day!
Did you already know.........
-The oldest discovered love poem was written on a clay tablet around 3500 B.C. by the Sumerians.
-In the late 1800s, Richard Cadbury invented the Valentine candy box.
-On February 14th, 1876, Alexander Graham Bell applied for the telephone patent.

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