Pies for the Hand – Strawberry

I continue to attempt to hang on to the summer. Since strawberries are still around I decided to use them. I ended up buying two pounds! I am presenting you with one recipe today and saving the other for next week.

Strawberry Hand Pies

Recipe courtesy of: marthastewart.com


  • 1 1/2 cups strawberries, hulled and cut in half or quarters, depending on size
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • All-purpose flour, for work surface
  • 1/2 recipe Pate Brisee for Strawberry Hand Pies
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • Sanding sugar, for sprinkling


  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Line a baking sheet with a Silpat (a French nonstick baking mat). In a medium bowl, add strawberries, sugar, and cornstarch; stir to combine, set aside.
  2. On a lightly floured work surface, roll dough into a large rectangle, about 1/8 inch thick. Using a 5-inch cookie cutter, cut out 6 rounds. Transfer rounds to prepared baking sheet.
  3. Place about 2 tablespoons of the strawberry mixture onto one-half of each round. Lightly brush egg around the edge of the covered half of each round. Fold remaining dough over to enclose, forming a half moon. Gently press edges together to seal. Brush the tops of each pie with egg. Using a paring knife, slash the top of each pie. Sprinkle generously with sanding sugar.
  4. Bake until golden brown, 20 to 25 minutes. Transfer pies to a wire rack to cool slightly before serving. Or let cool completely, and store in an airtight container at room temperature up to 4 days.


I admit it, I cheated. I usually don’t do this but in this case I simply did not have the time to make the dough from scratch. However, I really wanted to make this recipe and therefore I went a purchased empanada disc from the supermarket. I know there are purists that will chastise me for such and act, but hey I live in the real world where sometimes I simply need to use my available resources. These disc worked out fine by the way. I do want to recommend you NOT skip the egg brushing on the dough it is integral. Also, I would make something to drizzle on top of them when ready, like a simple icing. Also, make sure to watch your pies in the oven I checked on mine 5 minutes before the shortest cooking time and guess what they were done! My wife lost her taste buds for two days due to not waiting long enough to swoon.

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