Pie dough not only serves a purpose in creating pies but also a fantastic fried dessert.
Pie Dough Scraps
You know how when you roll out a pie crust you have all those scraps leftover and you are not sure what to do with them. Should you save the dough? Toss it? Sometimes I will roll it back into a ball, wrap and place in the refrigerator, then simply forget about it till weeks later.
So, I decided to come up with some fun ways to use those scraps lying around. I figure either you worked so hard preparing a homemade pie crust or if using refrigerator version, it’s just so good not to waste right?
I have a great idea for you! Introducing pie dough dippers, a great alternative in using that leftover dough and getting another great way to enjoy that buttery crust.
Pie Dough-Two ideas
Here are two fun ways I like to use leftover pie dough scraps:
- Make small cuts outs to garnish a pie (you can see how I did this with my blueberry crostata)
- Cut the scraps into shapes and bake or fry for a unique snack.
Pie dippers from pie dough are so good and you can eat them just like a pie but dip the crust into a fruit filling or even a cream filling for a really easy and delicious snack. You can use any cutters for these and specialize them according to the season. Here below I just used small circles and fall leaves.
Baked or Fried
You can bake-off the pie crust cut-outs or fry them till lightly browned in vegetable oil. Much like a doughnut. Drain them well and sprinkle with a little sugar or cinnamon sugar mixture after you remove them from the oil.
This is almost like a deconstructed pie of some sorts where just like cheese and crackers, you are using any kind of fruit couli or filling as your “cheese.” I used strawberry here which is one of my favorites.
If you need a recipe for an easy strawberry couli or strawberry sauce, check it out here. You can substitute other fruits for the strawberries in the recipe.
Pie Dough: Dip Ideas
Some other ideas you can use for your dipping sauces are:
Whipped plain or flavored cream cheeses
I particularly love the caramel and chocolate sauce. They remind me of a favorite restaurant where beignets are served with these sauces. It’s equally as delicious with these fried pie dough dippers.