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Peach Pie Cupcakes with Brie

Peach pie – sweet, gooey peaches, buttery crust, topped with cool, creamy vanilla ice cream – an irresistible summer dessert. Not able to leave a classic alone, I turned it into a cupcakes and made a very important addition to the traditional peach pie recipe:

I added Brie cheese (full disclosure – I was given the Brie cheese for free from Ile de France so I had to do something cool with it! Thanks, Ile de France!!)

Before you start doubting the peach pie with Brie cheese, consider the popular pie combination of apple and cheddar (cheese is not a new ingredient to the pie world). Then, think about a time when you’ve had baked Brie with fruit compote (if you’ve never had baked Brie with fruit, rectify that right now!). Brie goes really well with fruit. In the case of my mini peach pies, tasters could barely tell that the Brie was there unless they knew to look for it. It mostly added some complexity to the flavors, mixing a little sour into the otherwise sweet mix.

I made the mini pies three different ways: crust cut out on top, lattice top, and peach juice pecan top.

Peach Pie with Brie Recipe

The Crust

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If you already have a favorite pie crust recipe, feel free to use that. I used a recipe from the classic Vincent Price cookbook that is actually designed for an apple tart rather than a pie. I like that it has a mild lemon flavor. Crusts should have a flavor and stand up on their own

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I’ve been using the Vincent Price recipe since I was a kid. You make the whole thing with your hands, and I’ve always loved the messiness of it. It doesn’t roll out as well as some other crust recipes that I’ve tried, but to me it’s worth the extra effort for the sublime flavor.

I’m reprinting the recipe below in my own words, with a slight modification from the original.

Double the recipe if you plan to put a lattice or top crust on your mini pies.

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, room temperature
  • 4 egg yolks
  • Grated rind of one lemon

Instructions

  1. Clean your counter well and pour flour onto the counter.
  2. Make the letter O with the flour and put all of the other ingredients in the middle of the O (see photo above).
  3. Using your hands, work the center ingredients into a paste and then knead in the flour. If necessary, dip your fingers in water while you are working to help the dough stick together better.
  4. Roll the dough into a ball and refrigerate for at least thirty minutes.

The Peach Filling

I got the recipe for the peach filling from allrecipes. I am reprinting it with slight modifications below.

Ingredients

  • 5 cups sliced peaches (about 8 medium-sized peaches)
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. Place the sliced peaches in a large bowl and sprinkle with lemon juice.
  2. Mix gently.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt.
  4. Pour over the peaches, and mix gently.

Putting It All Together

As I mentioned at the beginning of the post, I made these mini pies three ways. However, the basic setup is the same and should make about 24 mini pies.

Ingredients

  • Unbaked pie dough (see above)
  • Prepared peach filling (see above)
  • 4 oz Brie cheese

Instructions

  1. Remove half of the dough from the fridge and roll it out on a lightly floured surface to about 1/4 inch thick.
  2. Use a 3 1/2 inch diameter circle cookie cutter to cut the dough into circles. If you don’t have a cookie cutter that width, see if you have a glass you can use or experiment with different widths.
  3. Put cupcake liners into cupcake tins.
  4. Press the center of your circle into the bottom of a cupcake liner and work the rest up the sides. It should come about 3/4 of the way up the side. I experimented with different heights and found this to be the most pleasing to me, but higher or lower won’t destroy anything. Repeat the same procedure with the other half of the dough.
  5. Fill the pie crusts with slices of the prepared peach filling.
  6. Dot the top of the peach filling with small pieces of Brie (I used four pieces about the size of my fingertip). If you don’t want to use Brie, you can dot with butter instead.
  7. Choose the option that you want for the top and assemble (these are covered later).
  8. Bake at 350 F for about 25 minutes.

Option One – The Little Pie Crust Cutout

For some of the mini pies, I topped the peaches and brie with some extra pie crust that I cut out using a tiny cookie cutter (OK – it was a tool from a Play-Doh kit). While I used stars, I think hearts would be really cute.

Option Two – The Classic Lattice

For other pies, I topped the peaches and Brie with a classic pie lattice. I cut out the strips of lattice using a pastry cutter to give them jagged edges.

Option Three – Peach Juice and Nut Goodness

For the remainder of the pies, I wanted to use up the sugared peach juice that was left over after I put all the peach filling into the pies. I had somewhere between a half cup and three quarters cup of sweetened peach juice left in my bowl. I mixed that with a quarter cup of flour to thicken it up and a quarter cup of pecans to add some crunch. Then, I spooned that mixture on top of the mini pies. While I liked all three varieties of pie, I think this one was my favorite.


On the left you can see the set up without the goodness on top.
On the right, you see it with the goodness spooned on.

Other Mini Pies

If you like the idea of making mini pies, you may also want to check out my recipe for mini pumpkin pies.

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23 Responses to Peach Pie Cupcakes with Brie

  1. SusanIsk July 20, 2009 at 6:34 pm #

    I can’t really add much to the cooking portion of this post, since I’m the World’s Worst Cook (yes, that’s a proper title) – but I wanted to say that the cupcakes look delicious. Are they intended to be eaten like a cupcake (by hand), or on a plate like one would eat a piece of pie?

  2. Stef July 20, 2009 at 6:47 pm #

    You can eat them just like a cupcake – no fork required.

  3. Martha July 20, 2009 at 6:54 pm #

    This is my reaction to this post:OMG, OMG, ZOMG! This looks so good! I love the classic lattice!

    Brie with Cherries would be killer too. (I only think that because there are cherries in the fridge. :) )

  4. Pari July 20, 2009 at 11:24 pm #

    Wow thats lovely. I was wondering what to do with the peaches…now I know.

  5. Fearless Kitchen July 21, 2009 at 6:47 am #

    It never occurred to me to doubt brie and peach pie… it looks wonderful! I’m not sure which style is my favorite, though – they all look good.

  6. Amanda July 21, 2009 at 9:18 am #

    Yum! I’ve been eyeing peaches these days. The brie is intriguing but I’d have to put on my adventurous apron to try that. :)

  7. Ivy July 21, 2009 at 9:47 am #

    These look amazing!!!
    I love baked brie with fruit preserves and chopped pecans!

  8. thriftylittleblog July 21, 2009 at 1:43 pm #

    That looks like a fun recipe. I love the image of the mini pies sitting out to cool.

  9. How To Eat A Cupcake July 21, 2009 at 2:33 pm #

    You SO make me wish I hadn’t gotten a job and had kept all my free time! I wanna make EVERYTHING you post! ;P

  10. Nancy July 21, 2009 at 4:40 pm #

    Right this minute would not be too soon to be sampling these. Love brie, love peaches, love pie, love you.

  11. Lisa July 22, 2009 at 4:00 am #

    Brie sounds like a great addition to peach pie if you ask me. I’ve been thinking of using it with blueberries, and Martha’s idea of using it with cherries sounds good too. I really like your little pie crust cut out decorations. Very cute cupcakes!

  12. Anonymous July 22, 2009 at 11:34 am #

    Just a heads up! Brie CAN cause listeria in pregnant women and thier fetuses. I am not sure how it is cooked but you would defintiely not want to eat it raw.

  13. Jack Siegel July 26, 2009 at 2:25 pm #

    anonymous is a buzz-kill. you did forget to add that dollop of vanilla ice cream

  14. Rebecca July 4, 2010 at 8:52 pm #

    Just wanted to thank you for this recipe. I made it exactly as you wrote it and it was FANTASTIC. I’ll be dreaming about my lovely little pie-let for a week.

  15. Stef July 7, 2010 at 6:45 pm #

    Rebecca – Just read the post about it on your blog. I love how you call them pie-lets. So cute! And, I’m so glad they came out so well!

  16. Karen August 22, 2010 at 11:50 am #

    I’m getting ready to make these and just noticed that the peach filling section calls for 2 tbsp of butter but doesn’t say what to do with it. Melt it and stir it in?

  17. Stef August 22, 2010 at 12:03 pm #

    Karen – Oops. I just removed it from the recipe. I didn’t say what to do with it because I didn’t use it. Sorry about that.

  18. Karen August 28, 2010 at 6:17 am #

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  19. Karen August 28, 2010 at 6:19 am #

    I made these last weekend — this is another at-least-two-per-person recipe! I made Option 1, and since you mentioned that you couldn’t really taste the brie, I made a small batch and used bigger blobs, but I still couldn’t really taste it either. Then I made another batch with even more, using two layers of big brie blobs: one on top and one in the middle. Overall, I used 7 oz of brie in 14 cupcakes. The second batch were the best. All that melty cheese causes the cupcakes to need more time in the oven and to be moist and gooey when they come out, but they ARE SO GOOD! We ate them warm, and there were moans of contentment followed by “Are there more?”

  20. The Hungry Panda June 26, 2011 at 11:41 am #

    Hello, this pie crust recipe is excellent! I used orange zest in my version because I didn’t have lemon, but it still came out great. I documented the pie-making experience here: http://adventuresofthehungrypanda.blogspot.com/2011/06/lets-eat-pie.html

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