Hey there, everyone! Sorry for disappearing during the latter part of last week. Halfway through my little California vacation I switched hotels and wound up with the worst Internet connection ever. I’m pretty sure it would have taken a good hour to upload one photo. So, thank you for your patience. It feels really good to be back. Once I get my photos organized later this week, I’ll give you a quick look at my trip.
Today’s post is actually one that I created before I left and had planned on sharing with you last week. Since that didn’t happen, I’m bringing it to you today. For those of you who are new to IBC, I’m using this year to perfect my pie making skills with my series “A Year of Pie.” After trying a few more traditional pies, I’m now having fun mixing things up with unique takes on classic recipes.
My latest creations are these delicious Strawberry Hand Pies. Since spring and summer are refusing to show their faces around PA (and I say spring and summer because usually winter is so long that spring lasts about a week and then summer is here.), I decided to take matters into my own hands and bring summer to my house. For me, when it comes to fruit, there is nothing more summery than strawberries. And seriously, who doesn’t want a pie that you can hold in your hands.
While these are delicious on their own, if you like a little more sweetness, serve them with a scoop of ice cream. You could also drizzle them with a sugar glaze. Yum! However, for this recipe, I just opted with a little sanding sugar on top.
Let’s bake up a few of these handheld pockets of strawberry goodness. This recipe should yield about 12 – 14 hand pies depending on how thick you like your pie crust.
Here's what you will need:
1 IBC's Go-To Pie Crust
3 cups strawberries cut into 1/2-inch pieces
4 tablespoons granulated sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon water
1/4 cup sanding sugar, for garnish
Let's get baking:
Begin by preheating your oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with a silicone mat or parchment paper and set aside.
Next, in a medium bowl, combine strawberries, sugar, cornstarch, and vanilla and set aside.
Working with half of your prepared pie dough at a time, on a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough until it is about 1/8 inch thick. Using a 6-inch cookie cutter (or round bowl or plate with a 6-inch diameter), begin cutting out your rounds. Repeat with the remaining half of the dough. Form any excess dough back into a ball, roll out and cut again. Repeat this until you've used as much dough as possible.
With all of the rounds cut, in a small bowl, whisk together the egg and water. Lightly brush this around the edges of each pie dough round. Then, place about 2 - 3 tablespoons of the strawberry filling onto one-half of each round. Fold the opposite side of the dough round over to enclose forming a half circle. Using a fork, gently press the edges together to seal; then pierce the top of each pie to allow any steam to escape. Brush the tops of each hand pie with the egg wash and then generously sprinkle each with sanding sugar.
Bake for about 20 to 25 minutes until the pies are golden brown. Transfer the pies to a wire rack to cool slightly before serving.
And that’s it! Adorable and delicious little hand pies!
I really like to serve these at an informal brunch. They are also great for a picnic or even a delicious homemade snack on the road. While I love the strawberry filling, you can easily substitute whatever fruit you’d like.
Whatever kind of filling you choose, you are sure to enjoy them!
I also wanted to remind you that Round Two of East Coast Creative Blog’s Crafting with the Stars is now live! Head on over to their blog to vote for your favorites. My partner Gwen (a.k.a. The Makerista) has created paint magic with her latest project. Her eye and design aesthetic continue to blow me away week after week. I’m sending all of my positive vibes and happy thoughts for her success this week!
You can check out all of this week’s paint-inspired projects and vote by clicking here.
Here’s to a fabulous week!