I have a question… where did the term hand pie come from? Does anybody know? Just twelve months ago I had never seen these words before, and now my Pinterest feed is full on hand pies. I’m not complaining, I think these are a fabulous idea. Making pies like this means there is no need for pie trays. I also find they are far easier and quicker to make than regular individual pies.
These simple blueberry hand pies were made for a family dinner. When our meal was finished I asked my father if he was ready for dessert. I told him we were having hand pies. He had no idea what I was talking about. At first he thought I said “Ham Pies,” then he thought I said “Hand Pies”.
Once we established what we would be eating for dessert my dad said, “Aren’t all pies hand pies?” I guess all pies could be hand pies, but I think what makes these particularly suitable is their palm size. These really could be eaten on the run.
The deliciously gooey, sticky sweet filling was made from the blueberries we picked during our blueberry picking adventure. Sadly this is the end of our blueberry stash. Plus it’s also the end of the local blueberry season. If you don’t have fresh local blueberries the frozen variety in Woolworths are just as good in this recipe. There is no need to defrost them.
The key to making a neat looking hand pie is using cookie cutters. I used a fluted cookie cutter in two different sizes. The base of the pie needs to be a smaller diameter than the top.
The pastry I’ve used is my favourite pastry recipe. It make a very buttery, short pastry. It can be a little hard to handle which is why I roll it out between two sheets of plastic film.
Once the pastry is at the desired thickness I remove the top sheet of plastic to cut the rounds. Because the pastry is sitting on the plastic it’s much easier to lift off the circles and place them on the cookie slide.
If you would like to Pin this recipe for later I have created a nice little pin for you. I appreciated it so much when you share my recipes.
So tell me, when did you first come across this term Hand Pie? Perhaps you have always had this dessert in your life?