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Blueberry hand pies are the perfect solution for portable and portioned desserts. They can be made entirely from scratch or use store-bought ingredients for quick results. Visit our post on blueberry syrup to make your filling for these pies.
Hand pies have been around for centuries in different forms. Carrying around a handful of sweet delight is my kind of thing. Who needs a fork? Portions are best when you have a crowd of teenage boys who can demolish a cobbler in 10 seconds flat. The hand pie leaves no argument on who got the bigger portion.
Flour or cornstarch is used to thicken fruit syrup to hold it together in a pie. Thickening your filling can be an important step in making pies or smaller hand pies.
You will need just a few simple ingredients.
Roll out one of the pie crusts, or enough homemade to cut out 8 circles about 3 inches in diameter. One refrigerated type will make 8 circles. Watch the video for further instructions on rolling out the dough for the last two.
Take one circle and place 1 tablespoon of pie filling in the middle. Next, take a second circle and roll it out slightly to make is just a little bit bigger than the bottom circle. Now lay the rolled circle on top of the bottom circle with the filling. Press edges and crimp with a fork or crimper. I roll the top circle slightly larger so it fits nicely over the filling and does not smash it down. This cuts down on leakage.
I prepared a homemade pie filling that I used with the recipe in the video. See the blueberry syrup post for directions on how to make your own pie filling.
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Lay a piece of parchment paper down on the sheet pan. This helps cut down on mess and is not necessary if you don’t have any. Place your blueberry hand pies on the sheet pan. Spread a little butter on the tops of each pie. Bake in the oven for about 20 minutes or until the tops are golden brown.
I have also frozen the blueberry hand pies uncooked. This is a great make-ahead tip to have a quick dessert on hand for those times when you have company, or you were invited to a gathering and need to bring something. Picnics are the perfect setting for these beauties.
Freeze cooked pies and then toss them in the toaster or oven just until heated for a quick treat. At my house, they don’t last long. If I plan to freeze ahead I have to make them when everyone is out of the house.
Of course, a full pie can be created with all of the same ingredients.