Yield: 10-12 servings 

Total Time: 45 minutes 

Hands on time: 45 minutes 

This recipe yields 10 mini pies (you can use the filling recipe for one 9” pie as well, but this crust recipe does not work well for a large pie). 

Mini Pie Crust


  • 6 ounces cold, unsalted butter 
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar 
  • 2 each large egg yolks  
  • 1 pinch kosher salt 
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract 
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour 


  1. Put butter and sugar in a food processor and process until creamy.  
  2. Add egg yolks, salt, and vanilla. Process for 30 seconds or until combined. 
  3. Add flour 1 cup at a time and process until just combined. Do not overwork.  
  4. Divide dough into 2-oz balls and let rest in the fridge for at least 30 minutes or until firm (these can be made days in advance). 
  5. After resting, roll dough into rounds about ¼” thick. Use a little flour to dust your working surface to keep dough from sticking.  
  6. Press into mini tart shells. Let shells chill in fridge for 30 minutes before cooking. 
  7. Preheat oven to 350 and bake shells for 14-16 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool and carefully remove from pans. Can be kept in airtight container for up to one week.  

Pie Filling


  • 8 cups quartered strawberries 
  • 1 ½ cups water 
  • 1 ½ cups sugar 
  • 4 tbsp cornstarch 
  • 12 leaves basil  
  • ½ tsp kosher salt 
  • 3 ½ tbsp strawberry gelatin 
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract  


  1. Mix sugar, salt, cornstarch, and basil in small pan. Add water and cook until thickened, boiling at least 1 minute. 
  2. Remove from heat and stir in strawberry gelatin until it is dissolved. Add vanilla and a few drops of red food coloring.  
  3. Cool the filling, then fold in berries and spoon into tart shells. Refrigerate for 2 to 3 hours and serve. 

Black Pepper Whipped Cream 


  • 1 cup heavy cream 
  • 2 tbsp powdered sugar 
  • ½ tsp fresh cracked black pepper 


Add all ingredients to mixer and whip on high speed until medium peaks have formed. 

Recipe courtesy of Sara Bradley, chef/proprietor of freight house, Paducah, Kentucky