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pie
[pahy]
noun
1. a baked food having a filling of fruit, meat, pudding, etc., prepared in a pastry-lined pan or dish and often topped with a pastry crust

by Susan Andrews

Fruit Hand Pies

I had berries in my fridge that I needed to use up when I stumbled upon this recipe.

My inspiration A Latte Food

Dough

     1 cup butter, soft
     8 oz cream cheese, soft
     2 cups flour
     pinch of salt
     2 tbsp sugar

Strawberry Filling

     1 cup strawberries, chopped
     1/4 cup sugar
     1 tsp vanilla
     pinch of salt
     zest of 1/2 lemon
     1 tbsp cornstarch

Blueberry Filling

     1 cup blueberries
     1/4 cup sugar
     pinch of salt
     zest of 1/2 lemon
     squeeze of lemon juice

other stuff

     egg for egg wash
     raw sugar for sprinkling
     extra flour and powdered sugar for dusting the counter
     a bit of water for brushing the dough

Fruit Hand Pies

Add butter and cream cheese to the bowl of your mixer. Beat until light and fluffy. Add your salt & sugar. Beat again.

Fruit Hand Pies

Add your flour. Beat on low speed until combined. The dough will be soft.

Fruit Hand Pies

Divide dough in half and shape into discs. Wrap in plastic and put in refrigerator for 30-60 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350

Prepare 2 baking sheets with cooking spray or parchment paper. I recommend parchment paper. I used spray and my pans were a mess. Set aside.

Beat your egg for egg wash. Set aside.

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Make your filling.

Fruit Hand Pies

Place all of your strawberry ingredients in a bowl. Microwave for 1 minute. This should thicken the juices a bit and make it easier to work with. I had to throw my first pie away because I didnít pre cook the filling and it was a mess! I cooked mine for two minutes but that was too long. It was more like a pop tart filling than a pie filling. Oh well, it still tasted good. One minute should be better.

Mix all of your blueberry ingredients together. Add tiny bit of water so the dry ingredients will stick to the berries. You donít need to pre cook this one.

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Once your dough has chilled place one disc on floured/powdered sugar surface. I just threw some flour down and then added some powdered sugar. The dough is quite soft so you may need to add quite a bit of flour/powdered sugar at this time.

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Roll your dough thin like a pie crust. Decide what size pies you want to make.

Fruit Hand Pies

I ended up using a vase that had a 4Ē mouth on it.

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Cut your dough into rounds. Place 6 rounds on your baking sheet. Use your fingers and press around the edges to increase the size a bit.

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Using your finger, brush the edges of the crust with water. This will help the dough stick together. Place a small amount of filling in the center of the dough.

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Pick up two sides of the dough and pinch together. This worked better for me rather than folding over. The filling stays right in the center if you pick the edges up. Continue pinching all of the edges together. When you are done they will look like a potsticker.

Fruit Hand Pies

Lay them down to make a half moon shape and press them a little to shape like a pie. Using a fork, crimp the edges. Also, poke an x shape in the top/center of the pie. Repeat this process until you have used all of your filling.

Fruit Hand Pies

Brush the tops of your pies with the egg wash. Sprinkle with a little raw sugar.

Fruit Hand Pies

If you have leftover dough donít worry. Roll it out and sprinkle it with cinnamon and sugar. Bake it in the oven with the pies. So good!

Fruit Hand Pies

Place pies in preheated oven for 30-35 minutes or until nicely browned.

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Perfect served with a bowl of vanilla ice cream. Yum!

Fruit Hand Pies

Now that I know what Iím doing I want to try making heart shapes! So cute for Valentineís day or any day, really!

*donít forget to taste your food as you go so you can add salt/sugar or other ingredients as needed.