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Baking: Strawberry Raspberry Hand Pies

As you all know, I’m a bit of a pie fanatic. I love the baking just as much as the eating, and am always on the hunt for new and exciting recipes. So, when my best friend/Maid of Honor/all-around cool chick Darcy gave me Gesine Bullock-Prado’s pie cookbook Pie it Forward as a wedding gift, I began cooking (and eating) my way through. These Strawberry Raspberry Hand Pies are my favorite so far, and I couldn’t help but share the recipe with all of you.

  • 1/2 pint Fresh Strawberries
  • 1/4 cup Granulated Sugar
  • Zest and Juice of 1 Lemon
  • Fresh Rosemary, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon Cornstarch
  • A Pinch of Sea Salt
  • 1 cup Fresh Raspberries (halved)
  • Egg Wash (1 egg whisked with 2 tablespoons of water)
  • Sanding/Turbinado Sugar, for sprinkling
  • 1/2 cup Confectioner’s Sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Milk
  • 2 cups All-Purpose Flour (cold)
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 3 tablespoons Vegetable Shortening (frozen)
  • 2 tablespoons Unsalted Butter (cut into small pieces and chilled)
  • 1/2 cup Milk
  • 1/4 cup Sweetened Condensed Milk


  1. Hull the strawberries. Cut them into small pieces, a bit larger than corn kernels. Combine the strawberries, sugar, lemon zest, and rosemary in a mixing bowl and stir until the strawberries are evenly coated with sugar. Allow the mixture to rest for a few minutes until the sugar melts and the strawberry juices run freely.
  2. Drain the strawberry juice into a small bowl. Add the lemon juice, then stir in the cornstarch until the mixture becomes a smooth slurry without lumps.
  3. In a heavy-bottomed saucepan, combine the strawberries, the cornstarch slurry, and the salt. Stir over medium heat until the mixture bubbles and thickens, 5-10 minutes. Allow the filling to cool completely in the refrigerator (about 20 minutes).
  4. Stir the raspberries into the strawberry mixture.
  5. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.


  1. In a food processor, pulse together the flour, baking powder, and salt.
  2. Add the shortening and butter. Pulse until the mixture resembles cornmeal.
  3. Whisk together the milk and condensed milk.
  4. With the processor running, slowly add the milk mixture and continue to pulse until the dough just comes together.
  5. Turn the dough out onto a large piece of plastic wrap. Use the plastic wrap to turn the dough over a few times, until it no longer has dry bits of flour visible and is smooth. It’s important that the dough be rather smooth; otherwise, when you roll it out for your crust, the dough will crack.
  6. Wrap the dough in the plastic wrap and let it rest in the refrigerator for at least 20 minutes before using.

  1. Divide the dough evenly into 12 pieces, and roll out using a cold rolling pin. Using a round cookie cutter, cut each piece into a 4-inch round and place the rounds on a parchment-lined sheet pan.
  2. With a pastry brush, brush egg wash around the outer edge of the dough rounds. Place 1 1/2 tablespoons of filling onto the middle of each round. Fold the dough over, creating a half moon, and seal the pastries by pressing gently along the edge of each with the tines of a fork. Brush the outsides of the pastries with egg wash and sprinkle with sanding/turbinado sugar (*note: I used Sugar in the Raw and it worked nicely).
  3. Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown. Allow the hand pies to cool completely.
  4. Whisk together the confectioner’s sugar and milk. With a clean pastry brush, brush each hand pie evenly with the glaze.

And voila! Perfect little hand pies for any occasion.

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