Hand pie with Love

Valentine’s day is coming. Have you thought about doing a snug home dinner?

Leave your kids at your mom’s. Set your nicest table. (Snug Hug & Co. would look amazing). Prepare a wonderful handful of romantic recipes.

For dessert, and also because we think a hand pie is an amazing “finger dish” and thus proper for a romantic dinner (yes, you can be imaginative, why not?), we propose a Cherry hand pie. (or any other berry if your prefer)

get things going
get things going

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 cups fresh cherries, stemmed and pitted, or about 12 ounces frozen pitted cherries, unthawed
  • 2/3 cup dried cherries
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 package pie crust (2 crusts)
  • Flour (for dusting)
  • 1 large egg
  • raw sugar

What to do:

  1. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Stir cornstarch and 1 1/2 tablespoons cold water in a small bowl to blend.
  3. Combine cherries and next 4 ingredients in a large saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until cherry juices are released, about 5 minutes. Add cornstarch mixture; bring to a boil, stirring often.
  4. Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature, stirring occasionally.
  5. Whisk egg and 1 tablespoon water in small bowl for egg wash.
  6. Roll out pie dough on a lightly floured surface. Using a 3-4″ square cookie cutter to out 16 squares total (8 from each pie round).
  7. Using a small heart shaped cookie cutter, cut one small heart out of the center of half of the square. These will be the tops.
  8. Scoop about 2 tablespoons cherry mixture onto one side. Brush edges with egg wash and top with heart cut out square.
  9. Crimp edges with a fork to seal. Place on prepared baking sheet; repeat with remaining dough and filling.
  10. Brush tops with egg wash, then sprinkle with raw sugar. Chill for 30 minutes.
  11. Preheat oven to 375°. Bake pastries until tops and bottoms are golden brown, 20-25 minutes.
  12. Cool down completely
cooling down
cooling down

Ready to conquer the heart of your loved one once more with this romantic recipe?

Be awesome on Valentine’s day 🙂

*idea and photos via www.thefreutcake.com

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