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Sunday, July 29, 2012

Cherry Hand Pies

I love my cooking magazines, I find all sorts of great inspiration inside.  I had saved this recipe from Bon Appetit's July 2011 issue for Fresh Cherry Hand Pies., they looked so rustic and yummy.  And since I've been seeing cherries  all over the markets I decided to pick up a bag and try these.  These are easy to make, the only part that took time was pitting the cherries ~ I just cut them in half and cut out the pit.  It's a portable and easy version of Cherry Pie!  The original recipe said "Forget the plates and forks (but not the napkins): This is the best way to bring pie to a picnic."

Recipe ~ makes 12 pies
1 1/2 Tbsp cornstarch
1 Tbsp cold water
2 cups fresh cherries, stemmed and pitted
2/3 cup dried cherries
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp vanilla 
1/8 tsp salt
1 package puff pastry - I used Pepperidge Farm
Flour for dusting
1 large egg white
Raw sugar for sprinkling
Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.  Stir cornstarch and cold water in a small bowl to blend.  In a large saucepan combine the fresh cherries, dried cherries, sugar, vanilla and salt.  
Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the cherry juices are released - about 5 mins.  Add the cornstarch and water mixture, bring to a boil, let boil for several minutes - stirring often, until consistency is thickened.  Remove from heat and let cool to room temp, stir occasionally while cooling.
Roll out the puff pastry slightly on a lightly floured surface.

Cut the dough apart where the creases already exist - in rectangles, like above.  Whisk the egg white and 1 Tbsp water in a small bowl for egg wash.  Working with 1 rectangle at a time:  brush edges with egg wash.  Scoop about 2 Tbsp cherry mixture and place on one side.  Fold dough over filling and crimp edges with a fork to seal.  With a sharp knife, cut a few slits on top to vent.

Be careful - I filled mine a little too much and some oozed out
Brush tops with egg wash, then sprinkle with sugar.  Chill in fridge for about 30 mins.  Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Bake pies until tops and bottoms are golden brown about 30 mins.  Let cool on wire racks.  Best served fresh!  
Slightly adapted from Bon Appetit


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  1. Cooking and baking magazines are FANTASTIC!! I can never bring myself to put them in the bin! Great looking recipe and photos!

  2. I love these little pies. And portion controlled. :)