Blueberry Hand Pies

by Suzanne on July 5, 2012

in Sweet Things

Hand pies, turn-overs, fried pies whatever you call them, they are beloved by all  both young and old, everyone loves pie.   After I made these cran-raspberry-apple hand pies we couldn’t get enough of these little pies, when Father’s day came around I asked my husband what treat he wanted me to make for him and he choose these little baked blueberry pies.  I couldn’t have picked better myself so I got busy making the crust recipe that I make for regular pies because we have fallen in love the buttery, flaky and tender crust, try it you might be won over too.

Blueberries are one of my all time favorite fruits and we picked these blueberries fresh back on Memorial Day weekend, but of course we froze them for using later. You may use fresh berries when making the recipe.  The pies are little but I try to stuff as many berries into these pies as I possibly can.  As for making the dough circles all even and pretty, I got creative and cut them out with the top lid of a candy jar, it was the perfect size.  You may want to try using something from around the house to make yours or just eye ball it that works too.  One recipe of pie dough will make 7 to 8 hand pies, so let’s get started.

Blueberry Hand Pies

Ingredients:
3 cups fresh or frozen blueberries
3 T. flour
1/2 cup sugar or less if blueberries are sweet
2 dashes of ground nutmeg
1-2 T. orange juice
1 cup powdered sugar

Directions:
Step 1:  If berries are frozen measure out the right quantity then put in medium size bowl. Add the sugar, flour and nutmeg and toss together. Let un-thaw for about 1/2 hour but not completely thawed.
Step 2: Make your dough and let it rest in the refrigerator for half an hour. Then you may divide the dough evenly by cutting it into a pie with 8 pieces, then roll the pieces into balls. Flatenn the balls using the palm of your hand then roll out with rolling pin.

Step 3: Place a tablespoon or more if you can fit it, of the partially thawed berry mixture in the middle of each rolled out dough circles. Get a bowl of water and wet your finger and go around the edge of  half of the dough circle then fold over and crimp with a fork. Repeat until all the berries are used.

Step 4: Bake for 25-30 minutes or until golden browned.
Step 5: Let pies cool about 10 mintues. Then mix the glaze up by whisking together the powdered sugar with 2 T. orange juice or milk or even water until smooth. Put a tablespoon of glaze on each pie and spread out evenly.
Note:  Another variation to these pies that I made shortly after these is to use: 2 cups blueberries, 2 cups boysenberries and the remainder of the original recipe ingredients. Both berries were frozen and I cooked the berry mixture with the sugar and flour mixture in a skillet over medium heat, stirring often until the berries thickened like pie filling. I let them cool then put the pie filling into each round dough circle and continued as usual.

 

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1 Amy (Savory Moments) July 5, 2012 at 5:36 am

These look so fun and very tasty. I love blueberries and they are just starting to come into season here. It’s great that you can just carry around you slice piece of pie in your hand.

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2 Suzanne July 5, 2012 at 1:36 pm

Thanks Amy, they are so tasty, you need to give them a try they are so worth it.

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3 Laura (Tutti Dolci) July 5, 2012 at 10:10 am

These are so cute, Suzanne. I love hand pies and I love blueberries. Hope you had a relaxing 4th! :)

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4 Suzanne July 5, 2012 at 1:35 pm

thanks Laura, we did have a relaxing 4th of July and we ate too much!

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5 Lisa (AuthenticSuburbanGourmet) July 5, 2012 at 2:02 pm

Loving hand pies! Yours look simply supreme. I bet they did not last long. :-) Hope your 4th was fantastic!!!

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6 Suzanne July 7, 2012 at 3:05 am

thank you Lisa, they are so yum and I did have a great 4th hope you did too. xoxox

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7 Jen Laceda @ Tartine and Apron Strings July 5, 2012 at 3:29 pm

I think hand pies are heaven-sent for so many reasons! They are portable; you can fill them with many fillings – both sweet and savoury; it’s a joy to make them; they look pretty; they keep well…I can go on and on…Your pies are calling my name…LOL!

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8 Suzanne July 7, 2012 at 3:03 am

Jen I think you are so right about hand pies :) I love them so I do need to make some savory ones.

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9 Rowena @ Apron and Sneakers July 5, 2012 at 3:43 pm

Maybe I should start baking some hand pies too. You and Jen convinced me. Just a few days ago, I had too much wild blueberries that I didn’t know what to do with. Maybe when I go back home, and see some blueberries, I can try your recipe Suzanne. Thanks for posting!

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10 Suzanne July 7, 2012 at 3:02 am

Wild blueberries…yes Row you do need to make these when you get home from your trip. Loved your blueberry topped polenta cake that was so pretty and delicious looking.

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11 Patty July 5, 2012 at 5:08 pm

These little hand pies are so sweet! I love the way you staged your photo with fresh flowers- so lovely;-)
The blueberries are so sweet and plentiful right now at the market-perfect time to be thinking about making pies!

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12 Suzanne July 7, 2012 at 3:01 am

thanks so much Patty, Those flowers grow like crazy at my house since they love the heat, I don’t have to seed them they just keep popping up each year. I know I can’t seem to get enough blueberries as of late!

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13 Choc Chip Uru July 6, 2012 at 2:19 am

These hand pies are absolutely away look absolutely adorable my friend :D
Hope you had a fabulous and delicious 4th!

Cheers
Choc Chip Uru

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14 Suzanne July 7, 2012 at 2:59 am

Thanks you dear, we had a great 4th. You are always great at stopping by and leaving a comment, I do appreciate your kind words.

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15 Nami | Just One Cookbook July 6, 2012 at 2:30 am

I love both blueberries and pies so much that I have to give this a try. Um, I probably use pie sheet but hopefully I can make it look delicious like yours!

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16 Suzanne July 7, 2012 at 2:58 am

Oh you don’t need hand pies to look perfect at all just tasty. They are best when just made with love :)

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17 Vicki Bensinger July 6, 2012 at 7:46 am

These are darling and I’m sure delicious. Hand pies have really become the rage. I’ve seen the cookbook that recently came out called hand pies and thought of purchasing it. I may have to just to see all the fun recipes. In fact we are vacationing for the summer and I saw yesterday there’s even a restaurant devoted solely to hand pies. The menu was awesome. Now I’m really inspired.

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18 Suzanne July 7, 2012 at 2:57 am

Vicki, you will love them if you try making them, they are pretty darn easy after the first try. When I’m making them just to inhale and not photograph I don’t make them look all perfect just do the best I can and hurry up and eat them.

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19 Jessica@AKitchenAddiction July 6, 2012 at 12:49 pm

These are gorgeous and sound delicious! I have yet to try hand pies but it looks like I need to!

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20 Suzanne July 7, 2012 at 2:54 am

Thanks Jessica, I’m a little crazy for hand pies lately I can’t get enough, you got to try them out.

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21 Maureen @ Orgasmic Chef July 7, 2012 at 3:45 am

If you made these blueberry hand pies for me, I’d move in with you. I LOVE blueberries and these hand pies look great. I’d even do a happy dance.

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22 Suzanne July 7, 2012 at 4:18 am

Thanks Maureen, your welcome to come over anytime just do some cooking and we will get along just great :)

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23 Lisa July 7, 2012 at 7:05 am

I love how loaded with blueberries these pies are..you definitely did NOT skimp on the filling. They look amazing! Have missed you – hope all is well with you and yours xoxo Need to catch up!

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24 Elyse @The Cultural Dish July 7, 2012 at 8:57 am

These are adorable! I love mini pies so much! They are just so cute and so easy to just grab and go! Thanks for sharing these.

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25 Magic of Spice July 7, 2012 at 6:48 pm

I love hand pies :) These look wonderful and I bet they are just as delicious!
Hope you are having a great weekend :)

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26 Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts July 8, 2012 at 9:11 am

What a perfect little summer treat! They are pretty, and they sound delicious!

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27 Liz July 8, 2012 at 4:41 pm

These are SO cute…and your photos are magnificent! Blueberry pie is one of my hubby’s favorites…he’d be thrilled to come home to these :)

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28 Emily @SageRecipes July 8, 2012 at 8:03 pm

These little hand pies are so cute! They are the perfect summer treat! I’ll have to give them a try!

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29 Aarean July 8, 2012 at 8:43 pm

holy yumminess! These look divine! I think I just might have to try these very very soon!
Love your blog!

xoxo
Aarean
colorissue.blogspot.com (come on over and follow along…I think you’ll enjoy the colorful inspiration!)

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30 Jean (Lemons and Anchovies) July 10, 2012 at 10:06 am

Suzanne, these hand pies are gorgeous! I love anything made with blueberries. Wonderful styling! :)

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31 Suzanne July 12, 2012 at 12:27 am

Thanks Jean these pies are so dang addicting!

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32 Roxana GreenGirl { A little bit of everything} July 13, 2012 at 6:20 am

i’ve been on a blueberry kick lately. we just picked almost 6 pounds and had to use them. there are more to be picked from the farm :)
these hand pies look so adorable, i love individual treats. so cute

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33 ruth July 16, 2012 at 8:38 pm

May sound silly but what is the recipe for tge sough it self? I am eager to try this!

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