To celebrate Pie Day as well as to kick start the next two weeks of staying home, Charlie and I decided to make hand pies today! Recipe and instructions below:
My go to pastry crust recipe: (I use this for all my pies and quiche)
1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter, chilled and diced
1/4 cup ice water
Jam- whatever kind you like
Pie spice or cinnamon
turbinado sugar or any coarse sugar
To make crust I am careful to measure the flour precisely. Using a 1/4 cup measuring spoon and helps! I also dice the butter and then place it back into the freezer for a few minutes before combining it with my dry ingredients.
Step by step instructions are given in the captions of each photo:
Once the dough has had time in the fridge to rest and cool down I begin rolling it out onto a lightly floured surface.
Now to add some jam! I use approximately 1-2 tablespoons of jam for each hand pie. Today we made strawberry and cherry. I also sprinkle pie spice onto the inside with the jam. If you don't have pie spice, just add a bit of cinnamon.
The pies will not expand much in the oven, so you can place them fairly close together on a baking sheet. I stick the whole baking sheet with the pies in the freezer for about 10 minutes to chill the dough again. After removing from the freezer I give each pie a quick and light egg wash and sprinkle turbinado sugar over the top...you can use any kind of coarse sugar.
After the egg wash and sugar, I place the pies into a 450 degree oven for approximately 20 minutes, or until they are golden brown on top. After removing from oven let them set on the baking sheet for 10 minutes before plating. If you wish to also add a glaze wait until the pies are completely cool.
This is a fun and easy baking project to do with kids. Charlie loves to help out with everything and making hand pies is a great way to teach him some baking basics and make a treat for him and Lita to share.
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