These mini, hand held pies have the flakiest, all-butter pie crust, and are filled with fresh berries and sweet jam. They are the perfect summertime treat.
I feel like I do a lot of confessing on here. Well, here comes another one: I don't love making pies. (Even though my favorite birthday dessert is a tart cherry pie. But I don't make it, my granny always did and now my husband does.) To me, pies are stressful and finicky and the bottom crust is never done enough. Plus, slicing them is almost always a mess, especially if you want to enjoy them warm with a scoop of ice cream. So I either make galettes aka lazy pies you can slice and eat like a pizza, or I make hand pies. They are both infinitely easier and way cuter.
I came up with the idea for these hand pies with the 4th of July in mind.
A pie in one hand and a roman candle in the other. What's more American than that? Plus, I thought it would be a great way to use some red strawberries and blue blueberries for a patriotic photo op. Sparklers in the kitchen, again, what could go wrong?
I use my husband's perfect, all-butter, flaky pie crust for these hand pies.
He makes it and I just roll it and assemble the pies. The secret is to make sure everything is cold. Like frozen. He dices the butter and lets it freeze solid. And he uses ice water. The resulting dough is almost like a danish/puff pastry dough and it is truly the best pie crust I've ever tasted. Not hard, dry, and crumbly like so many pie crusts.
For the filling I use my favorite jams: Bonne Maman blueberry preserves and strawberry preserves mixed with a bit of corn starch, vanilla, and fresh fruit. This recipe couldn't be easier, and if you want to make it even easier, feel free to use store bought pie dough or puff pastry dough. Of course if you want to make your own homemade jam, knock yourself out.
Ava was in the kitchen while I was photographing these and she came up with the idea for the hand shots. I love them, and they make perfect sense. Cute little hands holding hand pies. That's my girl. She is quite the budding photographer herself. Such a good eye.
Alright, that's about it. Grab the recipe below and feel free to use any jam/fruit combo you love! Thanks so much for visiting and happy pie making! xo - AnitaPrint
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