Assorted Hand Pies

Hey! I am so glad you stopped by to check out my recent bakes. My name is Kelsey. I have dedicated 2021 to baking from my favorite baking publication – Bake from Scratch. Each quarter is dedicated to one main category of baking: cakes, breads, pies/pastries, cookies/miscellaneous. I am so excited to learn how to master (or try to master) each of these. Follow me along on my journey!


I love baking pies, it might be my favorite thing to bake but I have never made a hand pie… I guess it was time! I used my own pie crust recipe and found three separate fillings to play around with. I chose a blackberry, coconut custard and a peach filling. I cut each of these filling recipes in half but the original recipes to each of those fillings are linked at the bottom of the page.

My opinion about these hand pies is really not positive at all. Yes they are cute, yes they are good for pictures. But they took WAY too long to make, WAY too tedious to make sure the filling doesn’t escape during baking and honestly they were not very tasty. I am a fan of the ratio of a typical pie, whereas the hand pies had too much pie crust in relation to filling.

Ingredients

For the pie dough:

  • 2½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup cold butter
  • 6 tablespoons shortening
  • 8 tablespoons cold water

For the Blackberry Filling:

  • 1 cup fresh blackberries
  • ⅓ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ tablespoon cornstarch
  • zest and juice of ½ lemon

For the Coconut Custard Filling:

  • ½ cup milk
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon coconut extract
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • pinch of salt
  • ¼ cup coconut flakes
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter

For the Peach Filling:

  • 2 fresh peaches
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • dash of salt
  • juice of ¼ lemon

Directions:

For the Blackberry Filling:

  1. Add blackberries and granulated sugar to a small saucepan.
  2. Cook berries over medium, mashing with the back of a wooden spoon until they start to break down and release their juices – about 2 minutes.
  3. In small bowl, whisk cornstarch and lemon juice.
  4. Add cornstarch mixture and lemon zest to berries, stir until smooth.
  5. Cook 2-3 minutes more until filling begins to thicken.
  6. Remove from heat, transfer to bowl and let cool.

For the Coconut Custard Filling:

  1. In medium saucepan, heat milk and extracts over medium heat, whisking constantly until mixture begins to boil. Remove from heat.
    • It is extremely important to whisk constantly during the next few steps otherwise the egg could curdle. If that happens, I recommend remaking it.
  2. In medium bowl, whisk egg yolk, sugar, cornstarch and salt. Gradually add ¼ cup of hot milk mixture to egg mixture, whisking constantly.
  3. Add egg mixture to remaining hot milk mixture in the saucepan. Whisk to combine.
  4. Cook, stirring constantly until thickened – about 5-7 minutes.
  5. Remove from heat and stir in coconut and butter until the butter is melted.
  6. Pour into clean bowl, cover with plastic wrap pressing it directly onto the surface of the custard to prevent a film from forming.
  7. Refrigerate at least one hour before using.

For the Peach Filling:

  1. Peel and dice peaches into ½ inch pieces. Place in large bowl and add granulated sugar, toss to combine. Cover the bowl and set aside for an hour.
  2. Drain the juice into a small saucepan, set aside the peaches.
  3. Whisk in corn starch, cinnamon and salt.
  4. Cook over medium heat until the syrup boils. Whisk constantly for 2 minutes.
  5. Remove from heat, stir in lemon juice and peaches, let cool.

Pie Dough and Assembly:

  1. Combine flour, sugar and salt in large bowl. Cut in butter and shortening using a pastry cutter. Add water one tablespoon at a time until a dough ball is formed.
    • I will use the pastry cutter for the first 2 tablespoons on water but once it gets sticky, I use my hands, if you have warm hands you may want to be careful and refrigerate dough as needed. You want it to be as cold as possible (the colder the dough stays, the flakier the crust will be!)
  2. Divide in half, create disc, cover in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least one hour.
  3. Preheat oven to 375ºF. Prepare baking sheet.
  4. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough to ⅛ inch thickness. Using a 4-inch round cutter, cut dough, rerolling scraps as necessary.
  5. Spoon about 1 tablespoon of filling onto bottom half of each round. Brush edges of dough with egg. Add top round and press edges with a fork to seal.
  6. Transfer to prepared pans. Cut vents on top of each and brush tops with egg.
    • So I would remember which hand pie was which filling, I cut different types of vents for each filling. Coconut Custard had no vent, Blackberry had 3 vents and Peach had one large vent.
  7. Bake until golden brown, 22 to 25 minutes. Let cool completely.

The gallery below shows step-by-step photos of my baking process.

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Grandma Lindy’s Fresh Strawberry Pie

Hey! I am so glad you stopped by to check out my recent bakes. My name is Kelsey. I have dedicated 2021 to baking from my favorite baking publication – Bake from Scratch. Each quarter is dedicated to one main category of baking: cakes, breads, pies/pastries, cookies/miscellaneous. I am so excited to learn how to master (or try to master) each of these. Follow me along on my journey!


Strawberry season here in Kentucky is in its prime during June which really made me crave a fresh, light, cold strawberry pie. I knew what I was looking for but didn’t know where to find it. I searched and searched, I looked through Pioneer Woman recipes, Bake from Scratch recipes, Martha Stewart recipes… I just could find exactly what I wanted. By chance I looked into my own bookshelf of recipe books and found a booklet of family recipes. I never thought I would find the strawberry pie I dreamed about written by my grandmother!! Not only is this one of my favorite recipes now and most delicious strawberry pies I’ve ever tasted, it is also so sentimental to me!

Ingredients

  • 1 quart fresh strawberries
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1½ cups water
  • 5 tablespoons cornstarch
  • juice of ½ lemon
  • 3 tablespoons strawberry jello
  • red food coloring

Directions:

  1. Pre-bake pie shell, click here for recipe.
  2. Wash, drain and hull strawberries. Place in a cooled, baked pie shell.
  3. Add sugar, jello and water in a saucepan. Whisk in cornstarch and cook until thick. Stirring constantly.
  4. Add food coloring and lemon juice.
  5. Pour mixture over strawberries, chill until set.

The gallery below shows step-by-step photos of my baking process.

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