A few weeks ago I received a calendar in the mail from Pillsbury. I have no idea why I got it; but it was a pleasant surprise. It is the perfect calendar to hang in my kitchen because it is large and each month has a recipe and and a picture of that recipe’s final product. I thought what a neat calendar but really it was a calendar and cookbook all in one! 12 recipes 12 pictures, and a nice well put together calendar. I was excited and flipped through it, before I ran to the kitchen to hang it up. Most of the recipes featured in this calendar are from past winners of the famous Pillsbury Bake-Off. The other few recipes that are not from the bake-off are classic Pillsbury recipes using their products (like Monkey Bread).
This calendar has now been hanging in my kitchen for a few weeks and I have stared at the picture and recipe for this month’s recipe every time I walk in the kitchen. The calendar whispering “make me… eat me”. So then I had the idea “Why don’t I make each of the recipes for each month and feature them monthly on this here blog”. How fun right?!?! (Ok maybe I am the only one who thinks it is fun and is excited; so just humor me please!)
If I had thought about all this back before Valentine’s day these little pies would have been perfect for a Valentine’s Day treat or party. But because Valentine’s is long over I guess you will have to find another excuse to make these.
The recipe is called Grands Little Pies; but because they were baked in a Grands biscuit they were more like coffee cake for me. Kids would love waking up on Saturday morning to eat some of these. Of course make some scrambled eggs to go with them so you feel a little less guilty about eating them! : )
Notes: You could easily substitute pie crust instead of the biscuits to make them more dessert like than coffee cake like (I actually did this for about half of mine). After making and eating them I defiantly realized that I should have added more pie filling and streusel topping to each one.
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Grands Little Pies/Coffee Cakes
Makes 16 servings
3/4 cup all-purpose or unbleached flour
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
2 cans (16.3 oz) Pillsbury Grands Flaky Layers refrigerated biscuits
1 can (21 oz) apple, blueberry or cherry pie filling (I used cherry)
Heat oven to 350°F. In medium bowl, mix flour, brown sugar and cinnamon. With pastry blender or fork, cut in butter until mixture looks like coarse crumbs. Stir in nuts.
Separate dough into 8 biscuits. With floured fingers, flatten each biscuit to form 4-inch round. (I actually floured my work surface and used a rolling pin to press the biscuits out) Press each biscuit round in greased 2 3/4×1 1/4-inch muffin cup. Spoon 2 tablespoons pie filling into each biscuit-lined cup. Sprinkle each with about 2 tablespoons flour mixture. (Cups will be full.)
Bake 15 to 22 minutes or until golden brown. Cool 5 minutes. Remove from muffin cups; place on cooling rack. Cool 10 minutes.
Store leftovers in refrigerator.
recipe adapted from Pillsbury.com