These popular mini pies are perfect for summer parties and easy to assemble. We served ours alongside Gourmesso coffee to end off a perfect evening.
Perfection is a strange thing. Chase it too hard, and you move further away from it. Forgo it entirely, and you waste away into obscurity. Wholly unobtainable, and yet we pursue it in almost all that we do. Unknowable, and yet it is the highest measure by which we judge ourselves.
Yet, perfection is ultimately the child of time, as the saying goes. Take for example the winemaker, who no matter how skilled, will only see the fruits of her labor over the course of years. Character, likewise, either ripens with maturity, or grows worn and jaded. Our habits, our skills, our knowledge, all the ‘qualities’ that comprise who we are, are molded, for better or worse, over the course of time.
Similarly, this is true in more mundane things. For example, I’ve been writing a lot lately about how best to pair recipes with the warm weather, and how to get the most out of one’s porch. Grilling, barbequed meats, the keys to the perfect wet rub, and all that seasonal goodness, are the result of long lists of trial and error.
However, while much is made of balmy summer nights, there’s an undeniable magic to a hazy summer morning – regardless of whether you’re waking up to it or greeting it with red eyes.
For such mornings, I’ll admit that I’m not always keen on standing over my griddle, but almost always want something singularly satisfying, something that will make that beautiful summer morning simply ‘perfect.’
Picture a shot of espresso and a homemade mini-pie out on the porch. Truth be told, I don’t have to picture it, that’s actually how I spent yesterday morning, which brings us to today’s recipe – Mason Jar Mini-Pies.
I actually prefer preparing these ahead of time in batches and then leaving them in the fridge for ‘whenever’ since they make for the perfect impromptu morning or afternoon bit of sweet, and honestly very few things can compare to being able to pull one of these pies straight out of the fridge on a whim.
However, regardless of whether you prefer cherry, as my son does, or blueberry, as I do, neither is complete without the espresso part of the equation. I’ve actually found myself trading in the oversized mug of morning brew for the smaller shot out of a demitasse cup. You see, despite my having written several times about how to prepare the perfect cup of coffee, whether French pressed or machine brewed, the ‘perfect cup’ is rarely a part of my morning routine, typically eluding even my best drowsy-eyed attempts at playing the part of my own barista. I was talking about precisely that with my friend the other day, and she convinced me to finally make the jump and buy a Nespresso.
Utilizing ‘capsules’ to brew individual shots of espresso, the quality from the machine is reliably delicious, and the process supremely easy. While there are a variety of capsules to choose from, through some experimentation I’ve found that I prefer the Gourmesso brand, which offers a wide variety of blends, flavors, and strengths, all of which are Fairtrade Certified.
For example, I paired the Honduras Pura Forte with my morning pie, and the combination was simply delicious. However, if you prefer something flavored you might try the Soffio Vaniglia for a hint of vanilla. The other blends I received in my first box included Messico Blend Forte, Etiopia Blend Forte, House Blend Espresso, and Columbia Arabica Mezzo, meaning there’s a blend not only for every taste, but for every occasion. Tea is also available.
Needless to say, I’ve finally found the solution to a reliable ‘perfect cup’ in the morning. What are some of your morning rituals, or favorite summer morning recipes? We would love to hear from you.
Cheers and Enjoy with Love!