Confession: I have never truly made pie dough from scratch.
I love to bake, but my thing is normally cookies and cakes. If I made pies or tarts, normally I just buy a grocery store crust. Is that terrible?
But then the other week I saw a recipe for mini cherry pies that you can make in a muffin/cupcake tin! The recipe, which, of course, involved making pie dough from scratch, seemed delicious, and sweet dark red cherries happened to be sale at the grocery store, so it seemed like good time to try the recipe and to try my hand at making pie dough from scratch. Also, miniaturizing desserts is a great way to make them easy to pack for lunch or even to entertain (no messy cutting and serving)!
I actually made this weeks ago, as a "Welcome Home" dessert for my husband, B., but I was very negligent about sharing the recipe. I thought about just tucking it away because no one would know better, but honestly, these mini pies are so great, I think you'll want to make them. I know cherry season isn't at it's peak anymore, but this recipe is perfect, even with frozen cherries or end-of-season bruised/not-so-beautiful fruit. The cherry, vanilla, and rum flavors are classic, and this pie dough was a cinch to make and tasty just as flaky and perfect as I hoped it would.