Strawberry Hand Pies | Inspired by Charm

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.

Strawberry Hand Pies | Inspired by Charm

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.

Strawberry Hand Pies | Inspired by Charm

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.

Strawberry Hand Pies | Inspired by Charm

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.

Strawberry Hand Pies | Inspired by Charm

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.

Strawberry Hand Pies | Inspired by Charm

Strawberry Hand Pies

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 egg
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.

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Strawberry Hand Pies | Inspired by Charm

And that’s it! Adorable and delicious little hand pies!

Strawberry Hand Pies | Inspired by Charm

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.

Strawberry Hand Pies | Inspired by Charm

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!

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Here’s to a fabulous week!

Comments

  • Shannon M. at

    These look delicious! Have I lost your pin it button or is it just me? I need to pin it so I can make these later.

  • girlfromwva at

    These look SO good!

  • Karen Mercurio at

    This is so funny. Yesterday I just made cherry hand pies. Your crust looks much better. I will definitely try these in a week or two. Thanks Michael for another (I bet) great recipe.

  • Elizabeth Williams at

    I rarely make pies because my husband doesn’t like them. I love them but if I make one, I know I will eat the whole thing by myself. This is a great way to make my own personal pies. I love the idea of making these for a brunch as well.

  • Dona at

    I’m inspired. Love desserts with Strawberries.

  • caroline [the diy nurse] at

    They’re so sweet- perfect for a picnic or a summer party. I feel ya on the winter thing. I live in northern VA but work in Philly and its been miserable in both places. Longest winter. ever. This week is supposed to be gorgeous though. Hope you got your summer fix in CA!

  • Meg at

    These look so cute, and I’m sure they taste delicious! I love anything strawberry and usually just polish ’em off plain right from the package, so I can only imagine how much I’d love them baked into a hand pie. Also, the name “hand pie” is adorable.

  • Shannon at

    Love! Your Year of Pies is the best.

  • JoeyfromSC at

    These look delicious!!! I can only think of one thing to make them better: a little bit of cream cheese inside lol..They look easy too!

    Can’t wait to see your CA pics..Were you here in L.A.? If so, I would have loved to have met you!:)

    Trying to catch up here on your blog..haven’t been online much lately.

  • Loni at

    I think this would be a great alternative to pop tarts which my grandchildren like and I won’t allow them to eat.

  • Amy at

    I cannot wait to try this recipe! I have some rhubarb these days – have you ever done this as a strawberry rhubarb hand pie?

  • Celia at

    These are so cute! I made some last night, but I used the all butter crust from your apple pie recipe instead of the go-to crust and they turned out great! So yummy and just the right amount of sweetness. Will definitely be making more of your recipes. Keep up the great work! 🙂

  • Stargazer at

    This is my SECOND time I have made these. Just made them tonight. This is one of those recipes you keep going back to time and time again, thanks!!!!!

  • Susan P. at

    Can you use crescent roll dough to make these?? They look awesome but dont have pie dough on hand.

    • Rebecca Matthews at

      You make the pie dough! There is a link to the recipe. Flour, butter, salt, water- easy.

  • Richard at

    What is Sanding sugar?

  • Sabrina at

    About how many hand pies does one recipe make? Thanks!

    • Sabrina at

      I’ll answer my own question, since I made these yesterday. The recipe makes about 12. I made it twice and did not roll out one section of dough enough to get the 6 that the other 3 sections produced. Great recipe, though!

  • Meghan at

    Have you frozen these before? Would you suggest freezing before or after baking? Thanks!

  • Pat Harris at

    These look delicious, please tell me the recipe for the crust. Yours looks wonderful.
    Thank you.

  • Maria at

    How the dough is prepared?

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