a couple weekends ago the kids and i spent the morning at the farmer’s market and came home with a bucket full of cherries. after we ate a few handfuls and i put the younger kids down for naps, ozzie asked if we could spend time in the kitchen making something sweet and summery. now, i don’t typically give up nap time to make a mess in the kitchen, but because he is 12, and the words made my heart melt, i said yes…
… even though he requested we make cherry pie, and i am not a pie girl unless it involves pumpkin. not sure what it is, but desserts that involve fruit don’t really do it for me. i prefer my fruit fresh and my desserts with chocolate. usually.
then we decided to make hand-pies which changed my perspective on fruity desserts, because they are too cute not to eat. am i right!?
INGREDIENTS to make the filling –
- this pie crust
- 3 cups pitted cherries, roughly chopped (1 to 1-1/2 pounds whole cherries)
- 1/3 cup granulated sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Pinch of salt
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- 1 egg, lightly beaten
- powdered sugar
- make pie crust according to directions (link under ingredients).
- preheat oven to 375. line two cookie sheets with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl, mix together fruit, sugar, cinnamon, salt, lemon juice and cornstarch; mix until well combined. Set fruit mixture aside.
- remove dough from fridge and let sit for 5 minutes. on a lightly floured work surface, roll out one piece of dough to a 16-by-11-inch rectangle. trim to 15-by-10 inches. cut into six 5-inch squares. repeat with remaining dough, stacking squares in between pieces of parchment.
- working with one square at a time, place 2 tablespoons of fruit mixture in the center. then fold in half to enclose and crimp the edges with a fork to seal. repeat process with remaining squares.
- place hand pies on prepared baking sheet. brush pies with egg wash and sprinkle with sanding sugar. using a paring knife, slit the center (or make a design) of one side of each hand pie to allow steam to escape.
- place baking sheets in oven and bake until crusts are golden brown and filling is bubbling (about 25 minutes).
- allow pies to cool slightly and finish with a little dusting of powdered sugar. serve with vanilla ice cream, if you have any handy.
so sweet and festive they would be perfect to make & bring to a 4th of july celebration.
speaking of 4th of july, what are you most looking forward to that day? fireworks, yummy food, good company, ….? all of the above?
xo . rae