Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Blueberry Hand Pies

With exams finally over and school coming to an end today, I felt like I should spoil myself a little with the fact of all the stress from studying for exams for the past week. We have a bunch of blueberries that we bought not to long ago that needed to be used (we stocked up on blueberries when there was a sale).

I wanted to make something that would for sure make me feel happy. And what better than pie! A feel good dessert in my opinion. I didn't necessarily want to make a big pie because I knew not everyone would want to eat it (with bikini season here), so I decided to make them in little individual pies. These aren't hard to make at all, and the dough is very good. It's kind of flaky, which I like. If your not into making your own dough or don't have the time, you could always buy store bought dough. That'll be just as good. Either way, they'll turn out great. These were killer!


For the Filling

1 cup fresh blueberries
2 tbsp. lemon juice
1 tbsp. cornstarch
1/8 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 cup sugar
Milk for brushing top

For the Dough

1 1/4 cup flour
6 tbsp. butter, cold, cut in small cubes
2 tbsp. shortening
1/8 tsp. salt
3-4 tbsp. ice water

1. For the filling, in a medium heavy saucepan over medium heat cook blueberries, sugar, cornstarch and cinnamon. Stir frequently until mixture comes to a boil and thickens, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside to cool.

2. To make the dough, get a food processor or use your hand, blend flour, butter, shortening and salt until the mixture resembles a coarse meal and has some pea sized pieces of butter left in it.

3. While pulsing, add water a little at a time until dough comes together when pinched in your hand. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least an hour or up to 1 day.
Preheat oven to 375.

4. When dough is ready, roll chilled pastry out on a lightly floured surface into a 1/8 inch thick rectangle. Cut 4 1/2 inch squares or circles. Fill with about a mounded tablespoon of filling. Seal shut with your fingers . Fold edges over in a decorative shape or seal with the tines of a fork. Re-roll dough scraps to make up to eight circles or squares, allowing it to rest about 10 minutes between rolling.

5. Place hand pie on parchment lined cookie sheet. When all the pies are on the cookie sheet brush with a little milk and generously sprinkle with sugar. Bake about 20-25 minutes until golden brown, rotating cookie sheet half way through baking. Store at room temperature.


Rose said...

Oh my gosh, these look so good! The best part is that they can be easily made vegan :)

Deborah said...

I've always wanted to make hand pies, and these look fabulous!

Patsyk said...

Mmmmmm those look good! I may have to give those a try next time we have another family over - the kids will go nuts for them!

Gigi said...

These would be perfect for the Fourth of July! Gorgeous photos!

Anonymous said...

Yum. Mini things. Blueberries. Yum.

Steph said...

These look scrumptious! I love anything with blueberries in it!

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LizNoVeggieGirl said...

Congratulations for getting through school and exams!! No better way to celebrate than with a freshly-baked blueberry hand-pie :0)

amycaseycooks said...

Definately making these. I may cheat and used store bought crust.

My Sweet & Saucy said...

I love the idea of hand homey and cute!

Anonymous said...

These look just darling! Fresh blueberries and lots of buttery crust! How can you go wrong? And congratulations on finishing up your finals! That's such a good feeling!

Anonymous said...

Congrats with being done with your exam. Must be a huge relief:) Your hand pies looks lovely - inside and out!

Anonymous said...

i'm weeping because i can't reach into my computer and grab one of those pies. props for making them and congrats on surviving exams! i know how it is.

test it comm said...

That looks like a tasty way to enjoy blueberries!

KellytheCulinarian said...

How cute!

Anonymous said...

Oooh I love blueberry pie. I like the size and shape of these! Thanks.

Gattina Cheung said...

I LUUUUUUVE these pies, so adorable! In here I still have to wait for a month for the blueberries arrive...

Emily said...

Great idea! They look delicious!

BeadBag said...

These pies look wonderful - I will definitely be trying this recipe - your pastry looks superb.
Kind regards,
Shirley I.

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