Strawberry Hand Pies

strawberry hand pies

StreuselThis wonderful and easy recipe came out of one of the recent King Arthur Flour Catalogs that I get in the mail.  Do you get these catalogs?  They have some really great stuff in them so if you are not familiar with King Arthur Flour, check them out.

This recipe calls for one of their specialty products called Instant Clear Gel but I am confident corn starch would suffice.  If you need an easy dessert that is easy to transport for your 4th of July celebration give this one a try.  With a dollop of ice cream, everyone will be sure to enjoy one (or two)!

Strawberry Hand Pies

makes 8 to 10 pies depending on how big you make them

from King Arthur Flour

 

Crust

2 c. all-purpose flour

1 T. sugar

1 t. salt

1 c. unsalted butter, cold and cut into 1 inch chunks

1 large egg

2 T. cold milk or water

 

Strawberry Filling

8 oz. fresh or frozen strawberries (I used frozen, thawed)

2 T. sugar

1 1/2 t. instant clear gel

1 t. lemon juice

1 large egg, beaten, for brushing on top of pies

extra sugar reserved for sprinkling on the top of each pie

 

 

Whisk the flour, sugar and salt together and cut in the butter until there are about pea-sized lumps.  Add the egg and milk and mix until the dough comes together.  Divide the dough in half, wrap in plastic and refrigerate for at least an hour.

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Combine all of the filling ingredients (except the egg) in a saucepan and cook over medium heat until it thickens, transfer to a bowl and let cool.

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Roll out the chilled dough into about 9 x 12 inch rectangles, trim the edges and then cut into equal sized smaller rectangles.

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Dollop the filling in the middle of each of half of the smaller rectangles.  Wet the edges of these rectangles with the egg mixture.  Top with the remaining rectangles and seal with a fork.  Cut small vents in the top of each pie, brush the egg wash on top and sprinkle with sugar.

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Place on a parchment or silicon lined baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for about 20 minutes or until golden brown.

Yumm!

 

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