These Berry Hand Pies are so good. I made them for dessert served after a Lobster Dinner and it was a quintessential New England Summer Dinner and Dessert. It almost felt like I was in Maine. 🙂
Berry Hand Pies adapted from Jenna’s Recipe
Servings: 12 small pies
1 box frozen puff pastry, defrosted per instructions on the box (2 sheets in a Pepperidge Farm Box)
1 16-oz bag frozen mixed berries (I used a Trader Joe’s mix of frozen cherries, blueberries, raspberries and blackberries).
juice of 1 lemon
1/2 cup sugar + more for sprinkling
2 T cornstarch + 2 T cold water
1 egg + 1 T warm water
Preheat oven to 375.
Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or a Silpat pad.
Whisk together the cold water and cornstarch in a small bowl until all the cornstarch is dissolved and then set aside.
Combine the berries, lemon juice and sugar in a saucepan and heat over medium high on the stove. Once the berries have burst and the mixture has started to simmer, slowly drizzle in the cornstarch/water and stir constantly while bringing to a boil. Boil until thick, about 4-5 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool while you prepare the pastry.
Working with one sheet of puff pastry at a time, roll out one sheet to smooth edges and then slice into six equal sized squares. Place squares on a lined baking sheet. Do this with the second sheet of puff pastry as well.
Place 1-2 tbsp berry mixture onto half of the pastry. Carefully fold over each pastry and pinch all edges together well. I used the tines of a fork to do this. Make three small slits into the top of each with a sharp knife.
Whisk together the egg and water well then brush on each pie. Sprinkle a teaspoon of sugar over each.
Bake for 20-30 minutes until golden brown. Keep a close eye on them to avoid burning.
Serve warm or at room temperature. I loved serving it with a big scoop of Vanilla Ice Cream on the side.
*Note – a lot of of the berry mixture leaked out during baking. I scooped it back into the hand pies. These remind me of a fancy AF Toaster Strudel. I never really liked Toaster Strudels though so these are much better! So tasty and everyone that had one really enjoyed them as well.