Hello, my fabulous readers! Today, I’m thrilled to share with you a recipe that’s not only delightful to eat, but also super fun to make – Homemade Hand Pies. These little pastry pockets filled with sweet or savory goodness are the ultimate comfort food, perfect for picnics, lunchboxes, or a simple treat at home. So, welcome to “Portable Pleasures: My Adventure with Homemade Hand Pies”. Let’s get baking!
For the Pastry:
- 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup unsalted butter, cold and cubed
- 1/2 cup ice cold water
For the Filling (Sweet or Savory):
- 1 cup fruit filling (like apple or cherry), OR
- 1 cup savory filling (like cooked, seasoned ground beef or chicken with veggies)
For the Glaze:
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1 tablespoon water
- Coarse sugar for sprinkling (if making sweet pies)
- Make the pastry: In a large bowl, I combine the flour and salt. Then, I cut in the cold, cubed butter until the mixture looks like coarse crumbs. Gradually, I add the ice water and stir just until the dough comes together.
- Chill the dough: I shape the dough into a disk, wrap it in plastic, and chill in the fridge for at least 1 hour.
- Preheat my oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Assemble the Hand Pies: I roll out the dough on a floured surface to about 1/8-inch thickness. Using a round cutter or a glass, I cut out circles of dough. On half of the circles, I place a spoonful of my chosen filling, leaving a border around the edge. I place another dough circle on top of each filled circle, press the edges to seal, then crimp with a fork.
- Glaze and bake: I whisk together the beaten egg and water to make an egg wash. I brush this over the top of each hand pie, then sprinkle with coarse sugar if I’m making sweet pies. I bake the pies for about 20-25 minutes, until they’re golden brown.
And there you have it! My delightful Homemade Hand Pies from “Portable Pleasures: My Adventure with Homemade Hand Pies”. Whether you prefer them sweet or savory, these hand pies are sure to impress. They’re portable, convenient, and most importantly, delicious. Give this recipe a try and let me know how your hand pie adventure goes in the comments below. Happy baking!
Un Seattle Gourmand