Friday, July 6, 2012

Hand Pies

We did make it to the beach with no rain for the 4th of July. We even had no problem finding parking. Every time my children enter the cold Maine ocean water, I really expect them to come out blue. Not even their lips were blue so I know they are true Maineiacs. I may have been born in New England but I won't even put my toe into the New England ocean. I can say I have done it hence why I won't do it again.
 In Maine, it is strawberry picking time around the 4th of July. Since I had fresh strawberries, I decided to make Rebecca Rather's Fourth of July Fried Pies. I also made the cherries and blueberries. My favorite was the blueberry. My youngest daughter's favorite was the cherry but my mother in law liked the strawberry. The recipe in the book even had peaches. This time, I decided to bake the pies but next time I will definitely try frying them.
Fruit filling
1 cup fresh fruit (I tried strawberries, blueberries, and cherries)
1/2 cup fruit preserve to match the fresh fruit used

  1. In a bowl, combine the fruit with their matching preserves. Set aside.
3 1/2 cups all purpose flour
2 cups white whole wheat flour
2 tsp salt
1 cup unsalted butter, chilled and cut into 1/2 inch cubes
1 1/2 cups ice water
1 large egg
2 Tbsp water

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, and salt.
  4. Work the butter into the flour mixture until the mixture resembles cornmeal.
  5. Add the ice water and gently form the dough into a ball.
  6. Divide the dough into thirds.
  7. Lightly flour a clean surface and roll out each portion of the dough to 1/16th inch thickness.
  8. Cut the dough into 5 inch diameter circles.
  9. Place 1 Tbsp of the desired filling in the center of each dough round.
  10. Fold the rounds in half and with wet fingers press the edges to seal using water.
  11. Crimp the edges of each hand pie with the tines of a fork.
  12. Beat the egg and water together to make an egg wash.
  13. Lightly brush the tops of each hand pie with the egg wash.
  14. Bake the pies for about 12 minutes or until golden brown.
Sprinkle with powder sugar.
Recipe adapted from the Pastry Queen cookbook.
Did you already know... 
-The first fruit to ripen in the Spring are strawberries.
-There are about 200 seeds in one strawberry.
- Strawberries and roses belong to the Biological classification Rosaceae family.

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