hand pies

Naomi Robinson

Berry Fruit Pie

If you are anything like me when it comes to pies, then you like a lot of pie crust to every bite. Sure you can make a double-crusted pie. Or you can make minis and hand-pies like the ones seen in the picture–a sure guarantee that every bite will be crust-filled. To get started, I used this Berry Fruit Pie recipe.

 

You’ll love the crust recipe. It’s incredibly easy to make and since it uses shortening it doesn’t require any chill time before rolling. For those of you who may have a shortening aversion, you can swap that portion out with chilled butter – either half that ratio or you can go full butter. Either will work. If you go with full butter, I would suggest chilling the dough for at least 1-2 hours before rolling for easy handling, otherwise it’s a bit sticky.

 

As for the filling (click here), it’s pretty adaptable as well. I skipped the lemon in mine because my berries were on the tart side. Along with that, I added cinnamon as the recipe suggested and some sugar to balance out the tart berries.   Finally, if you want to skip all of the mini and hand-pie making, stick to the recipe as is. Either way you will love this recipe.


Naomi Robinson

Peach and Butterscotch Sauce Pie

If you are a reader of my blog then you know, rolling an even pie crust is a challenge for me. It’s like a cutting a straight line—I just can’t seem to get it down. With that in mind, I flipped the Roasted Peach and Butterscotch Sauce Pie from BHG’s new book Fresh, to hand pies to minimize my less-than-perfect pie rolling talent. Along with that I made them pops, because food on a stick is always fun—for real.

And if you decide to make these for the 4th of July, you can easily make them holiday- appropriate by using red, white and blue sticks.  Striped paper straws will work just as well. Just stick them in after the hand pies have baked and cooled. The ribbon isn’t necessary—the pies stay on the stick just fine—it’s there as a detail, a.k.a cute food embellishment.

For more pie ideas click here. And if you decide to flip one of the recipes to some hand pies or pie pops, come back and let the rest of us know how it turned out.