Blackberry Hand Pies

Introduction:

Blackberry hand pies are the epitome of portable indulgence – flaky pastry filled with sweet, juicy blackberries bursting with flavor. Whether enjoyed as a snack, dessert, or on-the-go treat, these delightful pastries are sure to please any palate. In this article, we’ll explore the art of making blackberry hand pies from scratch, including tips for perfect pastry and luscious filling. Get ready to tantalize your taste buds with these irresistible treats!

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups blackberries, divided
  •  cup sugar
  • 3 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 7 tablespoons water, divided
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 ready-made pie crust such as Pillsbury
  • 1 large egg, whisked
  • 1 tablespoon water

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. For the Blackberry Filling:
  3. Heat a saucepan over low/medium heat.
  4. Stir 2 cups of blackberries, sugar, lemon juice, and 3 tablespoons water into the pan and bring to a boil.
  5. Let boil for 3-4 minutes, then add the remaining 1 cup of blackberries. Stir.
  6. Mix 4 tablespoons water and cornstarch together. Add the cornstarch mixture to the blackberries and stir.
  7. Continue cooking until the sauce thickens.
  8. Remove from heat and let cool for 15 minutes.

Making The Hand Pies:

  1. Unroll the pie crust on a lightly floured surface and, using a biscuit cutter, cut the pie dough into 3-inch circles.
  2. Add a little water to the edges of the dough before filling to help seal.
  3. Add a heaping tablespoon or two of blackberry sauce to the center of each pie dough. Fold the dough in half and, using a fork, crimp the edges to help secure the filling. Place hand pies on the prepared baking sheet.
  4. In a small bowl, whisk the egg and tablespoon of water together, then brush the top of each hand pie.
  5. Bake at 400F for approximately 15-18 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from the oven and enjoy warm.
  6. Blackberry filling can also be served warm over pancakes, French toast, etc., or cooled and used for toppings on cheesecakes, crepes, etc.
  7. Prep Time: 20 minutes  Cook Time: 25 minutes  Total Time: 45 minutes  Servings: 8 Hand Pies

Serving Tips:

  1. Warm or Room Temperature: Blackberry hand pies are best enjoyed warm or at room temperature. If serving warm, allow the pies to cool slightly after baking to prevent burning mouths.
  2. Pairing Suggestions: Enhance the flavor experience by serving blackberry hand pies with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a dollop of freshly whipped cream. The coolness of the ice cream contrasts beautifully with the warm pastry and fruity filling.
  3. Garnish with Fresh Blackberries: For an extra touch of elegance, garnish each serving with a few fresh blackberries or a sprig of mint. This not only adds visual appeal but also reinforces the flavor of the filling.
  4. Presentation Matters: Arrange the hand pies on a decorative platter or individual dessert plates for an attractive presentation. A dusting of powdered sugar over the top adds a final touch of elegance.

Storage Tips:

  1. Room Temperature: Blackberry hand pies can be stored at room temperature for up to 2 days in an airtight container. However, keep in mind that the pastry may lose some of its crispness over time.
  2. Refrigeration: If you need to store the hand pies for longer than 2 days, refrigerate them in an airtight container for up to 5 days. Before serving, allow the pies to come to room temperature or gently reheat them in the oven to revive the flakiness of the pastry.
  3. Freezing: Blackberry hand pies freeze well for long-term storage. Place the cooled hand pies on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and freeze until solid. Once frozen, transfer the pies to a freezer-safe bag or container, separating them with layers of parchment paper to prevent sticking. They can be stored in the freezer for up to 2 months. To serve, thaw the pies in the refrigerator overnight and reheat in a preheated oven until warmed through.

FAQs:

1. Can I use frozen blackberries instead of fresh ones for the filling?

  • Yes, frozen blackberries can be used for the filling of hand pies. However, keep in mind that frozen berries may release more moisture during cooking, so you may need to adjust the amount of thickening agent (such as cornstarch) accordingly.

2. Can I substitute the blackberries with other fruits?

  • Absolutely! While blackberries provide a deliciously tart-sweet flavor, you can experiment with various fruits such as blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, or a combination of them to create unique flavor profiles for your hand pies.

3. Can I make the pastry dough ahead of time and freeze it for later use?

  • Yes, you can prepare the pastry dough in advance and freeze it for later use. Wrap the dough tightly in plastic wrap or aluminum foil and place it in a freezer-safe bag or container. When ready to use, thaw the dough in the refrigerator overnight before rolling it out.

4. How can I prevent the hand pies from becoming soggy after baking?

  • To prevent the hand pies from becoming soggy, ensure that the filling is thickened sufficiently with ingredients like cornstarch or tapioca flour. Additionally, avoid overfilling the hand pies, as excess liquid from the filling can cause the pastry to become soggy.

5. Can I make mini-sized hand pies for parties or gatherings?

  • Yes, you can certainly make mini-sized hand pies for parties or gatherings. Simply use a smaller cutter to cut out the pastry dough circles and adjust the amount of filling accordingly. Mini hand pies are perfect for serving as appetizers or bite-sized desserts at any event.

Conclusion:

Blackberry hand pies are a delightful treat that combines the sweetness of ripe blackberries with buttery pastry for a truly irresistible dessert experience. Whether enjoyed fresh out of the oven or packed for a picnic, these handheld pastries are sure to satisfy your cravings. So, roll up your sleeves, gather your ingredients, and get ready to bake up a batch of these delicious blackberry hand pies for yourself!