Cherry Hand Pies
There's nothing better than a sweet, from-scratch delight like traditional cherry pie. These precious little hand pies always go fast when I sell them at my pie bakery! —Allison Cebulla, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Total TimePrep: 45 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling
- 6 tablespoons water, divided
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 2 tablespoons cherry brandy
- 4-1/2 teaspoons cornstarch
- 1-1/2 teaspoons lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon quick-cooking tapioca
- 1/4 teaspoon grated lemon zest
- Dash salt
- 2 cups fresh or frozen pitted tart cherries, thawed and halved
- 1 cup fresh or frozen pitted dark sweet cherries, thawed and halved
- Pastry for double-crust pie (9 inches)
- 1 large egg
- 2-2/3 cups confectioners' sugar
- 3 to 4 tablespoons hot water
- 2 tablespoons butter, melted
- 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Dash salt
- Optional, freeze-dried strawberries, crushed
- In a large saucepan, whisk 4 tablespoons water, sugar, brandy, cornstarch, lemon juice, tapioca, lemon zest and salt until combined. Add cherries. Bring to a boil; cook and stir until thickened, 3-5 minutes. Remove from heat. Set aside to cool.
- Preheat oven to 400°. On a lightly floured surface, roll 1 portion of dough to a 14x9-in. rectangle. Cut out eight 3-1/2 x 4-1/2 -in. rectangles. Repeat with remaining dough. Transfer 8 of the rectangles to parchment-lined baking sheets.
- Spoon about 3 tablespoons cherry mixture in center of 8 rectangles. Whisk egg and remaining 2 tablespoons water. Brush edges of pastry with egg wash. Top with remaining 8 rectangles; press edges with a fork to seal. Brush tops with egg wash; cut slits in tops.
- Bake until crust is golden brown and slightly puffed, 25-30 minutes. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool. Combine icing ingredients; drizzle over pies. Garnish with freeze-dried strawberries, if desired. Let stand until set.
Pastry for double-crust pie (9 inches): Combine 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour and 1/2 tsp. salt; cut in 1 cup cold butter until crumbly. Gradually add 1/3 to 2/3 cup ice water, tossing with a fork until dough holds together when pressed. Divide dough in half. Shape each into a disk; wrap. Refrigerate 1 hour or overnight.
Nutrition Facts1 pie: 589 calories, 27g fat (16g saturated fat), 91mg cholesterol, 380mg sodium, 83g carbohydrate (49g sugars, 2g fiber), 6g protein.
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