Raspberry Hand Pie Recipe
Oh, Valentine’s Day. You haven’t always been good to me, but I try to love you anyway. First, I never got one of those ugly carnations in middle school. Yes, it’s true. The boys were not lining up to buy me $1 flowers in the lunchroom. No worries. I’m totally (not) over it. Who the hell wants carnations anyway?
Another year, I had a romantic Valentine’s dinner after a shopping rendezvous. Nevermind the dinner consisted of eating a heart-shaped pizza with my parents after hitting up the mall. I got some sweet carpenter jeans out of the deal & realized I like Supreme Pizzas.
A few years later, I shared another heart-shaped pizza with none other than myself. This was a particularly memorable Valentine’s Day as I was working the late night shift at my local video store. Remember those? I would scarf down slices between customers while rocking khakis & a green polo. Those were the days!
A Day About Love
You get the gist. Valentine’s Day is a pain, but I still try. It’s a day about love & that’s what I always focus on. Like, I LOVE pizza, so it’s always a must on Valentine’s Day. Now that I have kids, I make the day about them. I try to have something for them to enjoy. This year, this Raspberry Hand Pie Recipe is the star.
Art of the Pie by Kate McDermott
I love perusing my local library. Recently, I found Kate McDermott’s Art of Pie. If you enjoy pie at all, you will love this book. It’s pretty much a Pie Bible with lots of recipes, tips & wonderful pictures. Art of Pie inspired this Raspberry Hand Pie Recipe.
For one, I use Kate’s dough recipe. While pie dough is simple in the number of ingredients, there’s a lot of ways to screw it up. Kate breaks it down easily & this dough is a winner.
Any Berry Will Do
While my daughter, Channa, loves Blackberries best, I’m a Raspberry girl. Since it’s Valentine’s I opted for Raspberry & a Raspberry/Strawberry Filling. Let’s get it going.
Did I mention this dough recipe calls for butter? Loads of it!
I’ve said it before, but there is something so therapeutic to me about working with dough. If you don’t have a heart-shaped cookie cutter, feel free to use a bowl and fold it over – Meat Pie style.
Strawberries & Raspberries- one of my favorite combos & makes me think of my favorite Summer Fruit Crisp
I like my filling a little runny. If you are looking for something a little thicker- feel free to cook it down more.
Time to set up the Pie assembly line. Note my scooper, my fork for crimping & a bowl of cold water to seal the pies.
I almost always overfill these guys because I love the filling so much. Run your fingertip along the edges with cold water to help seal the dough. Then, use the fork to crimp the edges to seal it further. I stab my little hearts with a steak knife to help with ventilation so they don’t lose all their fruit filling in the oven.
The last step before the oven is a light (or heavy) eggwash. If you’re not planning to glaze the pies, feel free to sprinkle some sugar on the pies.
Glaze & decorate as you please. Now, it’s time to party!
I am Really Into This Raspberry Hand Pie Recipe! While I’m still perfecting my pie dough, (Thanks, Kate!) these little heart pies are just awesome. They taste like the best Pop-Tarts ever & some of the thicker ones taste like a raspberry jelly doughnut. Obviously, they taste like delicious little pies too & I love the vanilla bean glaze. I can’t wait to make these again when we have freshly picked blackberries this summer.
Now, I have a question for you! Cake or Pie?
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This filling can be used for hand pies, regular pies, doughnuts, cake filling or as jam.
- 4 cups fresh or frozen berries
- 4 tbsp cornstarch
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
Rinse & drain fresh berries, but frozen berries are ready to go.
Place the berries in a medium to large saucepan over medium heat. Combine sugar, cornstarch & salt & pour it over the berries. Mix well & add the lemon juice.
Bring the mixture to a simmer & cook 5-10 minutes until desired thickness.
Transfer to a bowl & let the filling cool to room temperature.
Easy Vanilla Bean Glaze
This glaze may be used on doughnuts, hand pies, cookies, or anything else that needs a little sweetness.
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 2 tbsp milk
- 2 tsp vanilla bean paste
- 1 pinch salt
Sift powdered sugar & salt into a bowl.
Use a whisk to mix the milk & vanilla bean paste.
Adjust the amount of milk as desired.