Strawberry Hand Pies

I don’t celebrate Valentine’s day, but, yes, I always make something spcl. for him on this day. Because we are a foodie family, and we just need a small excuse to make something special for us! Making hand pies was on my mind for quite a long time, but that never happen before. I’m glad that I tried, they tasted delicious, looked damn cute and appeared so very pretty in all the photos what I’ve taken. With little effort and patience you also can make them, these are worth trying!

Strawberry Hand Pies
Strawberry Hand Pies

Strawberry Hand Pies

(Makes 15 small hand pies)

Ingredients

For Pastry

  • All-purpose flour/Maida- 1 1/2 cups
  • White granulated sugar- 1 1/2 tsp
  • Salt- 3/4 tsp (skip if using salted butter)
  • Unsalted butter, frozen- 1/2 cup/8 tbsp
  • Ice cold water- 4 tbsp

For Pie Filling

  • Fresh strawberries- 1 cup (roughly chopped)
  • White granulated sugar- 1 1/2 tbsp
  • Cornstarch/Corn flour- 1 tsp
  • Lemon juice- 1/2 tsp

For Topping

  • Egg- 1 (beaten)
  • White granulated sugar- for sprinkling on top

Making of the Pastry

Chop the cold butter roughly or grate it using a grater. Chopping was much easier for me, so I did that. In a large bowl add ap flour, salt and sugar. Mix well, add cold butter. Mix well using your fingers, until the flour mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Add water and knead the dough well on a lightly floured surface. Divide the dough, forming two equal discs. Wrap the discs using cling film and chill in the refrigerator minimum for 1 hour or more.

Making of the Filling

In a nonstick frying pan add everything mentioned for ‘pie filling’. Keep stirring on low flame, until the mixture thickens (it took 5 minutes for me). Mash the strawberry pieces with the help of spatula or fork. Transfer in a bowl, and cool completely at room temperature.

Making of the Hand Pies

I used a cookie cutter for making these hand pies, that is too small size for hand pies what I felt, and I experienced little difficulty to seal them, the end result was very cute and delicious, but it was lot of hard work at that point of time. So I’ll suggest use a little big sized cookie cutter rather than a regular one, or cut your own pie sheets for whatever size you want by just using your knife.

Now line a baking tray with baking paper. Take out one disc dough from fridge, on a lightly floured surface roll out the chilled pastry. Using your cookie cutter cut out the pieces out of it, and arrange in the baking tray.

Place about 1 tsp of the filling in the middle of each hand pie.

Roll the other piece of dough on a lightly floured surface, cut out some pastry pieces again (these are to cover the hand pies). Using a fork, press the edges together to create a tight seal. Gently make a cross on the top of each hand pie using the knife.

Brush the top of each hand pie with the beaten egg. Sprinkle some sugar on top of each hand pie. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.

A before baking scene
A before baking sceneΒ 

Preheat the oven to 220 degree centigrade. Place the baking tray into the oven directly from the fridge. Bake for 8 minutes. Reduce the oven temp to 175 degree centigrade. And bake for another 10-12 minutes or until golden on top. Remove from oven. Let it be cooled little bit.

These beauties are ready to please your loved one…Enjoy! πŸ™‚

[recipename]Strawberry Hand Pies[/recipename][yield]Makes 15 small hand pies[/yield][ingredient]

Ingredients

For Pastry

  • All-purpose flour/Maida- 1 1/2 cups
  • White granulated sugar- 1 1/2 tsp
  • Salt- 3/4 tsp (skip if using salted butter)
  • Unsalted butter, frozen- 1/2 cup/8 tbsp
  • Ice cold water- 4 tbsp

For Pie Filling

  • Fresh strawberries- 1 cup (roughly chopped)
  • White granulated sugar- 1 1/2 tbsp
  • Cornstarch/Corn flour- 1 tsp
  • Lemon juice- 1/2 tsp

For Topping

  • Egg- 1 (beaten)
  • White granulated sugar- for sprinkling on top

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Method

Making of the Pastry

Chop the cold butter roughly or grate it using a grater. Chopping was much easier for me, so I did that. In a large bowl add ap flour, salt and sugar. Mix well, add cold butter. Mix well using your fingers, until the flour mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Add water and knead the dough well on a lightly floured surface. Divide the dough, forming two equal discs. Wrap the discs using cling film and chill in the refrigerator minimum for 1 hour or more.

Making of the Filling

In a nonstick frying pan add everything mentioned for ‘pie filling’. Keep stirring on low flame, until the mixture thickens (it took 5 minutes for me). Mash the strawberry pieces with the help of spatula or fork. Transfer in a bowl, and cool completely at room temperature.

Making of the Hand Pies

I used a cookie cutter for making these hand pies, that is too small size for hand pies what I felt, and I experienced little difficulty to seal them, the end result was very cute and delicious, but it was lot of hard work at that point of time. So I’ll suggest use a little big sized cookie cutter rather than a regular one, or cut your own pie sheets for whatever size you want by just using your knife.

Now line a baking tray with baking paper. Take out one disc dough from fridge, on a lightly floured surface roll out the chilled pastry. Using your cookie cutter cut out the pieces out of it, and arrange in the baking tray. Place about 1 tsp of the filling in the middle of each hand pie. Roll the other piece of dough on a lightly floured surface, cut out some pastry pieces again (these are to cover the hand pies). Using a fork, press the edges together to create a tight seal. Gently make a cross on the top of each hand pie using the knife.

Brush the top of each hand pie with the beaten egg. Sprinkle some sugar on top of each hand pie. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 220 degree centigrade. Place the baking tray into the oven directly from the fridge. Bake for 8 minutes. Reduce the oven temp to 175 degree centigrade. And bake for another 10-12 minutes or until golden on top. Remove from oven. Let it be cooled little bit.

These beauties are ready to please your loved one…Enjoy!
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7 Comments

  1. i saw these beauties on fb and popped over to here:) fell in love , got some puff pastry sheets and cherries lying in the fridge , gonna make a few cherry heart pies now πŸ™‚ <3

     
  2. These are so pretty

    Making them now
    Just one quick question , can we refrigerate these once filled and bake them the next day ?

     
    • Chandrima

      Thank you Shilps πŸ™‚ Sorry for replying you little late. Yes, of course you can always refrigerate these pies for a day or two in an airtight container before baking. Just preheat the oven and bake them straight away taking out from fridge.

       
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  4. ColleenB.~Texas;USA

    These are soooo cute and look so good. My husband would love these; he’s a ‘grab and go’ type of snack eater.
    “Preheat the oven to 220 degree centigrade” This I will have to look up to get the American version of oven temperature
    Thanks for sharing the recipe

     
  5. Can we use wheat instead of maida. Can u please tell me how to alter the recipe for that

     

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